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Invokana Complications: Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Commonly asked questions about the link between the use of Invokana and Ketoacidosis.

Can Invokana Use Lead To The Development Of Diabetic Ketoacidosis?

A serious complication associated with Invokana is diabetic ketoacidosis.

This is a serious medical condition that occurs when ketones build up in the blood and urine. Ketoacidosis occurs when the body starts breaking down fat cells for fuel when it cannot use glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream because there is too little insulin.

When fat cells break down, they release ketones which make your blood more acidic and can cause your diabetes to go out of control.

Diabetic ketoacidosis can lead to serious medical complications. These include kidney failure, cardiovascular problems, and blood clots. In severe cases, this condition can lead to coma.

Can Invokana Increase The Risk Of Developing Ketoacidosis?

The FDA’s review of the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) database between 2013-2015 identified 73 cases of ketoacidosis in patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes that were treated with SGLT2 inhibitors like Invokana. It should be noted that FAERS includes only reports that were submitted to the FDA, so it is likely that there were also additional cases that the FDA was unaware of.

All of the patients that were diagnosed required hospitalization or treatment in an emergency department. There were also many cases in which, ketoacidosis was not immediately recognized due to the fact that blood glucose levels were below those that were typically expected for ketoacidosis.

What are Symptoms of Diabetic Ketoacidosis?

There are many symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis which are important warning signs that very serious medical conditions might follow.  A person using Invokana should pay attention to these symptoms:

  • Thirst or an unusually dry mouth
  • Difficulty breathing, including deep or rapid breathing
  • High blood glucose levels
  • Decreased alertness or hard time focusing
  • Deep, rapid breathing
  • Frequent urination
  • Fruity-smelling breath
  • Headaches
  • Muscle stiffness or aches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach pain

You should seek medical attention immediately if you notice these symptoms in yourself or someone that you care about so that treatment can begin to prevent serious injury or harm.

What are the Criteria for Filing an Invokana Lawsuit?

Approved in March 2013, Invokana (canagliflozin) is an SGLT2 Inhibitor used to treat adults with Type 2 diabetes, manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

SGLT2 inhibitors work by preventing high blood sugar by helping the patient’s kidneys remove excess sugar through their urine.

In May 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning the drug has been linked to cases of ketoacidosis, a serious condition where there is too much acid in the blood.

Complications of diabetic ketoacidosis include difficulty breathing, nausea/vomiting, abdominal pain, confusion and unusual fatigue or sleepiness. The condition can lead to diabetic coma and/or death.

The national Invokana lawsuit alleges that the manufacturers and marketers of SGLT2 Inhibitors failed to warn patients and physicians of the increased risks of kidney failure, myocardial infarction (heart attacks), other cardiovascular issues, and ketoacidosis.

The lawsuit states that if the manufacturers and marketers had properly warned of the risks, patients would have been prescribed and taken a substitute medication for their diabetes and would have had their health monitored on a more routine basis for potential signs of heart issues, renal impairment, and high level of ketones.

If you suffered severe complications from taking an SGLT2 Inhibitor, you may be entitled to compensation. Below is the criteria required to file an SGLT2 Inhibitor lawsuit:

  • Patient has taken Invokana, Invokamet, Farxiga, Glyxambi, Jardiance, or Xigduo XR and suffered one or more of the following:
    • Kidney failure
    • Diabetic Ketoacidosis
    • Heart attack
    • Stroke
    • Death
    • Dehydration requiring hospitalization
    • Bone fracture
    • Amputation

Can I File an Invokana Diabetic Ketoacidosis Lawsuit?

Our dangerous drug attorneys can help if you or someone you care about suffered diabetic ketoacidosis from taking Invokana. Our attorneys are currently investigating claims against the drug manufacturer by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused by this medication. You may be entitled to a substantial settlement.

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What Are The Serious Side Effects Associated With Invokana Use?

There are a number of serious side effects that can occur from the use of Invokana, these side effects include:

What Are The Less Serious Side Effects Associated With Invokana Use?

There are also a number of other less serious side effects associated with the use of Invokana, these side effects include:

  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Increased urination
  • Yeast Infections
  • Thirst
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Skin sensitivity to sunlight
  • Hypersensitivity reactions

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  1. DKA (Ketoacidosis) & Ketones – American Diabetes Association
  2. Diabetic Ketoacidosis – Mayo Clinic
  3. Diabetic Ketoacidosis – MedLine Plus