Type 2 diabetes can lead to a wide variety of serious health issues that include but aren’t limited to nerve damage, blindness, high blood pressure, stroke and kidney failure. Used once a day along with a proper diet and daily exercise, Invokana is a drug that is prescribed to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes, thereby reducing the chances of any of these conditions arising. Invokana lowers blood sugar by inhibiting kidney function in such a manner that patients are able to expel larger amounts of sugar in their urine. What has come to issue with Invokana are possible side effects. Some of the symptoms from possible side effects are believed to involve:

Kidney failure
Most of the side effects claimed in Invokana lawsuits involve kidney failure. Given how it acts on kidneys, renal failure might be expected. That high incidence of kidney failure might imply that insufficient research was performed before Invokana was approved. Once the proper functioning of kidneys has been impaired, fluid, waste and minerals build up in the patient’s body, They often cause shortness of breath, confusion and abnormal heart rhythms that can lead to quick and sudden death.

Heart attacks
Myocardial infarctions are heart attacks. They occur when tissue inside of the heart becomes irreparably damaged because blood can’t flow to it to bring oxygen and nutrients. When this persists, cardiac ischemia occurs. Cardiac ischemia is one of the more common causes of heart failure. Having type 2 diabetes doubles the chance of heart failure, and use of Invokana has been claimed to cause heart attacks.

Ketoacidosis
Ketones result from persistent high blood sugar coupled with a deficiency of insulin. When insulin levels aren’t sufficient, glucose accumulates in the blood. Since the glucose in the blood won’t enter cells, the cells burn fat for energy rather than glucose. They leave toxic ketone, and when ketones enter urine, a very dangerous condition known as ketoacidosis can occur. This can result in a diabetic coma, prolonged hospitalization and/or death.

Invokana has not been recalled to date due to any of the above conditions, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration did issue two warnings to Invokana patients advising them to stop the medication and seek immediate medical help should they experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Lethargy
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Stomach pain, nausea or vomiting
  • Ketoacidosis

Individual Invokada lawsuits have already been filed. They’re still in their early stages, but worrisome new information about Invokana and its relationship with kidney failure, heart attacks and ketoacidosis is emerging from these lawsuits. Don’t wait for the outcome of these case to retain legal counsel though. The statute of limitations for filing Invokana lawsuits is running every day. Anybody who waits too long can be forever barred from filing an Invocada lawsuit.

Contact us for a free Invokana consultation and case evaluation. Remember that the statute of limitations on any Invokana claims is running every day. Don’t be forever barred from filing a claim.