Invokana is given to those with Type 2 diabetes, and so are drugs like Invokamet XR and Invokamet (which are similar drugs). However, these prescription drugs might increase the risks of several illnesses. These risks potentially include renal cancer, bladder cancer, and Fournier’s Gangrene.
There are a number of conditions or illnesses that people may have experienced while using this drug. If they have, then they may be entitled to compensation through a Boston Invokana lawsuit. These conditions include:
- Bladder cancer
- Renal cancer
- Kidney failure
- Fournier’s Gangrene
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What Is The Link Between Invokana And Fournier’s Gangrene?
Invokamet XR, Invokana, and Invokamet are a class of diabetes drugs known as sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 or SGLT2 for short. These are supposed to help people lower their blood sugar levels. The way they work is by stopping the kidneys from absorbing glucose, and then the sugars are flushed out of the body via the urine.
In 2018, the FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication for SGLT2, and the link between Invokana and Fournier’s Gangrene was explained within the communication. This is an infection that typically appears around the genital area or in the genitals. Due to this link, the FDA said that new warnings would have to be included in the prescription information.
Fournier’s Gangrene can be life-threatening, although it is rare. This infection can cause damage to the nerves, muscles blood vessels, and the tissue within the anal and genital region. Symptoms of this bacterial infection include:
- General malaise
- Tender, swollen or tender genitals
- High fever
If anyone taking medications such as Invokana, Invokamet, and Invokamet XR has experienced any of the above symptoms, then they should see a doctor right away. Acting fast is crucial. This is because Fournier’s Gangrene develops quickly.
If you or a loved one has taken an SGLT2 inhibitor and you/they developed Fournier’s Gangrene, compensation might be available. The legal experts at Dalimonte Rueb Stoller can speak with you to determine what your options are. If we think you have a case, we’ll let you know what steps you should take. Give us a call and we’ll be glad to speak with you.
Has Ivokana Been Linked To Kidney Injuries?
In 2016, the FDA noted a link between Invokana and other types of SGLT injuries and acute kidney injury. This type of injury affects how your kidneys function. Not only that, but acute kidney injury can pose serious risks because your body won’t be able to properly and/or effectively get rid of waste from within your body.
In the past, research showed that those who were taking SGLT inhibitors were at risk of developing kidney or bladder cancer. As of now, the potential link between the inhibitors and cancers have not been mentioned in FDA warnings. They haven’t been mentioned in information about the prescriptions, either.
What Symptoms Of Renal And Bladder Cancer Are Linked To Invokana?
A few of the symptoms of bladder cancer include:
- Pain in the pelvic region
- Urinating frequently
- Pain when urinating
- Blood in the urine
Renal cancer symptoms include
- Weight loss
- Blood in urine
- Abdominal swelling or pain
It’s important to seek medical attention right away if you experience the above symptoms and you’re currently taking SGLT2 inhibitors.
Invokana Lawsuits: Potential Compensation
You can potentially receive compensation for these types of damages:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Future medical treatment costs
Links Between Invokana And Ketoacidosis
When the body produces ketones in excessive amounts, then this is called Ketoacidosis. Ketones are found in the bloodstream, but they develop when fat is broken down into energy by the body. What kicks off this process is low insulin levels.
A person might go into a diabetic coma when they enter ketoacidosis. This is a serious condition that can potentially be fatal. Extended hospitalization is usually required when patients enter ketoacidosis.
What Issues Has The FDA Linked To Invokana?
The concerns about links between SGLT2 and kidney damage were first pointed out by Safe Medication Practices. Not long after, the FDA decided to issue a warning. This warning was in regards to ketoacidosis being tied to using Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors.
There are voluntary reports that have been logged into the adverse-event reporting system that the FDA has. These reports were looked at by a team of Italian scientists. Included in the analysis were 66 reports linking SGLT2 inhibitors and amputation, and Invokana was the inhibitor that was involved. In the reported cases, two-thirds involved no other risk factors for amputation.
Invokana manufacturers have to warn doctors about this issue, and they have to warn patients too. The FDA has recommended that doctors should tell their patients to not continue using Invokana if they report pain in extremities, infections, or sores.
How Much Will A Lawyer Cost For An Boston Invokana Lawsuit?
The initial process is risk-free when you choose Dalimonte Rueb Stoller to represent you. Our class-action lawyers in Boston, MA, don’t charge for initial consultations. If you choose to hire us, we will work with you on a contingency basis. We will not get paid or charge you anything until we successfully win your lawsuit. If you win, then we get paid, otherwise, you don’t pay a dime to us.
Review Your Invokana Injury Claim With A Lawyer
Those who manufacture Invokana should be held responsible when consumers are injured due to the drug. The attorneys at our office will fight for your rights, and we will protect your rights. Manufacturers of drugs have their own team of powerful lawyers. This is why you should hire the most resourceful, knowledgeable, and qualified attorneys you can find.
Lawsuits involving Invokana are time-sensitive. There are deadlines that cannot be missed. This is another reason to hire an attorney as soon as you decide to file a lawsuit.
Contact the office of Dalimonte Rueb Stoller to schedule a free initial consultation. You can give us a call or fill out our online form. Our Boston mass tort law firm has worked with many clients across the US, and we are confident we can help you too.