FDA testing the Invokana medication for life threatening side effects like elevated ketone levels

According to a new study, type 2 diabetes drugs Invokana and Invokamet could increase the risk of developing ketoacidosis, a rare life-threatening condition. According to HealthDay, this group of diabetes drugs that are collectively known as SGLT2 inhibitors include prescription drugs such as canagliflozin, dapagliflozin and empagliflozin. Popular brand-name drugs include Invokana, Invokamet, Farxiga, Xigduo XR, Jardiance and Glyxambi. Patients are injured by bad drugs every day, and if you have been injured as a result of taking Invokana, do not hesitate to contact an experienced Invokana lawyer who can help you.

What Is Ketoacidosis?

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Diabetic ketoacidosis is a serious complication of diabetes that occurs when your body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones. This condition develops when the body fails to produce enough insulin, which plays a key role in helping sugar enter your cells. Without sufficient insulin, the body begins to break down fat as fuel. This leads to a buildup of acids in the bloodstream called ketones, eventually causing diabetic ketoacidosis. Some of the warning signs of this condition include excessive thirst, frequent urination, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, weakness, shortness of breath and confusion.

What Did The Study Find?

In the new study conducted by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston analyzed data from 40,000 people with type 2 diabetes. They found that patients taking SGLT2 inhibitors were twice as likely to develop ketoacidosis compared to those taking another class of drugs called DPP4 inhibitors that include brand-name drugs such as Januvia and Onglyza.

These findings were published June 8 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Study authors warned that doctors must closely monitor type 2 diabetes patients for signs of the complication. Since it’s more common in type 1 diabetes patients, doctors often fail to monitor those with type 2 diabetes for warning signs, and that could be dangerous, researchers said. They said potential risks are higher particularly in the initial days and weeks when the person begins to take these drugs.

Why Hire d’Oliveira & Associates?

Diabetes Drugs lawyer meeting injured clientWell, there are 10 simple reasons to hire d’Oliveira & Associates. If you are taking Invokana, Invokamet or other SGLT2 inhibitors and are experiencing symptoms of ketoacidosis, it is important to ask your doctor about taking the drug or look at other options. If you have suffered severe side effects and have had to be hospitalized or have incurred other medical expenses as a result of taking these drugs, you may be able to seek compensation for your damages and losses such as medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering. We are working with some of the most experienced Invokana lawyers around the country that handle these cases. There is no legal fee unless you receive a settlement or award. Call us toll-free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online, to schedule a no-cost consultation and case evaluation.


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Paul d’Oliveira

Attorney Paul d’Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 16 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.

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