Invokana (and closely-related drugs like Invokamet and Invokamet XR) is prescribed for treating Type 2 diabetes. These drugs may also increase the risk of multiple serious illnesses for patients taking them, though. Possible risks include bladder and renal cancer and Fournier’s Gangrene.
If you or a loved one experienced any of these conditions or illnesses after taking Invokana or a related drug, you may be entitled to compensation:
- Kidney failure
- Fournier’s Gangrene
- Renal cancer
- Bladder cancer
Dalimonte Rueb Stoller offers a team of experienced class action lawyers who are ready to protect your rights and help you get the compensation you deserve. We’ve represented clients all over the United States and recovered millions of dollars on their behalf. We have the skills, experience, and resources to represent you strongly and ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries. Ready to get started? Contact us now using our online form or call us at 833-44-DRLAW.
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What Ties Invokana To Fournier’s Gangrene?
Invokana, Invokamet, and Invokamet XR belong to a class of diabetes drugs known as SGLT2 (sodium-glucose cotransporter-2) inhibitors. SGLT2 inhibitors help diabetes sufferers maintain lower blood sugar levels by stopping glucose from being absorbed by the kidneys and flushing sugars out through the urine.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Drug Safety Communication regarding SGLT2 inhibitors in September of 2018. The communication explained a link between the use of drugs like Invokana and the development of Fournier’s Gangrene. Also known as necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum, this is a dangerous infection that appears in and around the genitals. Because of the link, the FDA has mandated new warnings to be included in the patient Medication Guide and prescription information.
Fournier’s Gangrene is a rare bacterial infection, but it can be a life-threatening one. It causes damage to muscles, tissue, nerves, and blood vessels in the genital and anal regions. Symptoms include:
- Swollen, red, or tender genitals
- General malaise
- High fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater)
Patients taking drugs like Invokana, Invokamet, and Invokamet XR who experience these symptoms should seek out immediate medical attention. Acting quickly is important, as Fournier’s Gangrene develops rapidly.
If you or a relative developed Fournier’s Gangrene after taking an SGLT2 inhibitor like Invokana, there may be significant compensation available for you. The drug injury legal team at Dalimonte Rueb Stoller can help you explore your options and get the compensation you deserve. Call us anytime at 833-44-DRLAW.
Invokana And Cancer Of The Bladder And Kidneys
The FDA issued an earlier Drug Safety Communication (in 2016) noting a link between SGLT2 inhibitors like Invokana and Invokamet and acute kidney injury. An acute kidney injury is any injury that reduces the normal function of the kidneys, and they can pose serious risks by reducing the body’s ability to rid itself of waste.
Recent scientific research has shown that patients taking SGLT2 inhibitors also have an increased risk of developing cancers in the bladder or kidneys. At this time, the potential link has not been mentioned in prescription information or FDA warnings.
Bladder And Renal Cancer Symptoms
All of the following symptoms may indicate bladder cancer:
- Blood in the urine
- Pelvic pain
- Increased frequency of urination
- Painful urination
These symptoms may indicate renal (kidney) cancer:
- Blood in the urine
- Weight loss
- Pain on one side of the lower back
- Abdominal pain or swelling
If you are taking an SGLT2 inhibitor like Invokana or Invokamet and experience these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.
Does Invokana Have Long-Term Side Effects?
Various patients taking Invokana have claimed all of the following adverse side effects, either individually or in combination:
- Kidney damage
- Bone fractures
- Toe amputations
- Metabolic acidosis
- Urinary tract infection
- Heart attacks
If you or someone you love to experience any of the above side effects during or after the use of Invokana, you should seek legal counsel from an experienced Invokana attorney. You may be entitled to significant compensation.
What Sort Of Compensation Can An Invokana Lawsuit Deliver?
Patients using Invokana who are injured by the drug and join a class-action lawsuit against its manufacturers may be able to receive compensation for any or all of the following forms of damage:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering, past, present, and future
- Mental anguish, past, present, and future
- Emotional distress, past, present, and future
- Reduced earning capacity in the future
- Additional costs for future medical treatment
Links Between Invokana And Ketoacidosis
Ketoacidosis is the medical name for the condition that occurs when the body produces excessive ketones. Ketones are toxic acids in the bloodstream that are created as a byproduct when the body breaks down fat for energy. Low insulin levels are what starts this process.
A patient who enters ketoacidosis may enter a diabetic coma. Ketoacidosis is serious and even potentially fatal. Treating ketoacidosis typically requires extended hospitalization.
Can Invokana Be Used By Pregnant Women?
The FDA puts Invokana in pregnancy risk category C. While the drug’s pregnancy risks have not been assessed in studies with human subjects, it has been studied in rats. Invokana was found to impeded healthy kidney development in rat fetuses. Invokana was also detected in lactating rats’ milk, which means mothers who intend to breastfeed should discuss Invokana use with their doctors.
What Does The FDA Have To Say About Invokana?
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices was the first body to raise concerns about links between SGLT2 inhibitors and kidney damage. It issued a report to that effect slightly more than a year after Invokana received FDA approval. The year after that, the FDA issued a warning emphasizing the increased risk of ketoacidosis tied to the use of SGLT2 inhibitors like Invokana.
Voluntary reports logged in the FDA’s adverse-event reporting system were recently analyzed by Italian scientists at the University of Padova. 66 reports associating SGLT2 inhibitors with amputation were included in the analysis. In 86 percent of the reported cases, Invokana was the SGLT2 inhibitor involved. In two-thirds of the reported cases, there were no other amputation risk factors (nerve damage, infection, injury, prior amputations) involved.
The FDA required the manufacturers of Invokana to start warning doctors and patients about this issue in May of 2017. The FDA recommended that doctors discontinue Invokana use for patients who report infections, sores, or pain in the extremities.
How Much Does An Invokana Attorney Cost?
At Dalimonte Rueb Stoller, you can start your Invokana legal process with no risk. Our initial consultations are always confidential and free of charge. If you elect to hire us, we work strictly on a contingency basis. We never charge you unless and until we are successful in recovering compensation for you.
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If using Invokana or any other medical product has done you or a loved one harm, you should seek out legal counsel as quickly as possible — and Dalimonte Rueb Stoller can provide it. We take great pains to understand your case, provide you with insightful advice, and, if you so choose, give you the best possible legal representation.
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