If you were prescribed Invokana by your medical care provider and experienced serious complications despite taking the drug as directed, you may be entitled to damages. At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, we use our decades of experience defending the rights of those who have been injured through no fault of their own to represent victims of this prescription medication. Call our office today at (800) 916-8108 to schedule a free case evaluation, and learn more about your rights.
Canagliflozin is a type 2 diabetes medication, also known by the names Invokana, Infokamet and Invokamet XR (when combined with metformin). Medical professionals prescribe the medication, along with a proper diet and exercise program, in an attempt to lower blood sugar levels in their patients with type 2 diabetes. The medication works alongside the body’s natural processes to eliminate excess sugar from the body.
Prior to its release, the drug was tested and appeared to work well. Patients who were prescribed the medication saw a drop in their A1C levels. It wasn’t long after that patients began to experience kidney issues that were linked to the medication. Because of these issues, medical providers were advised that an evaluation of kidney health should be conducted prior to prescribing the drug.
Invokana is a medication that is taken once daily before the first meal of the day. When prescribed the drug, patients are often advised of side effects that include lowered blood pressure, vomiting and diarrhea, and they are told to seek medical advice if these things occur. Patients are also advised to drink a full glass of water, or more, with their dose of Invokana.
The prescription medication is only a part of an overall program of control. Patients will attempt to gain control of their type 2 diabetes with a change in diet, an increase in exercise and the medication. Regular testing of blood sugar and the maintenance of a normal weight can also help control the disease.
A patient that is prescribed and takes the drug Invokana will be advised to speak with their doctor if they experience any of these side effects associated with the drug:
In addition to these side effects, it is important to know that there are close to 800 drugs that are known to interact negatively with canagliflozin. If you have type 2 diabetes, it is very important to speak with your medical care provider about any medications or supplements you currently take before you start taking Invokana.
According to both the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the FDA, the drug canagliflozin has been shown to increase the risk of amputation of the lower limbs. When patients were given a placebo, the rate of amputation was 2.8 per 1,000 patients. That number increased to 6.2 per 1,000 with 100 mg of the medication, and to 5.5 per 1,000 when the dosage prescribed was 33 mg.
Medical experts are currently unsure as to why the medication causes these issues. What they do know is that taking this drug or other sodium glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors increases the risk of amputation experienced by patients with diabetes. Due to this knowledge, canagliflozin and other similar medications must include a warning label in both America and the European Union.
No person should have to suffer because they followed the instructions of their doctor. If you were prescribed Invokana as a way to help manage your type 2 diabetes, reach out to Steinger, Iscoe & Greene. Our Invokana class action lawsuit attorneys can assist you in getting the compensation you deserve. We have a history of fighting tirelessly on behalf of our clients and have recovered more than $1 billion in damages through successful lawsuits.
If you have suffered an amputation or other serious complication as the result of taking Invokana, call our office today at (800) 916-8108 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation. Let our team of experienced attorneys fight for the justice you and your family deserve.