According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 29 million Americans have diabetes. In 2012, the cost of treating diabetes and its complications is more than $245 billion.
The need for drugs to treat diabetes is great. One commonly prescribed diabetes drug is Invokana.
What is Invokana?
Invokana is a prescription medication manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. It is used to treat type 2 diabetes. Invokana works by helping the body regulate glucose in the blood. It stops the protein SGLT2 from sending sugar back into the blood stream. Instead, glucose leaves the body through urination.
Invokana use is associated with ketoacidosis, a life-threatening complication that can occur when the body does not have enough glucose to use for energy. When the body does not have enough glucose, it may use fat for energy. Unfortunately, that process can lead to an abundance of ketones in the blood, making it very acidic.
Signs of ketoacidosis
Individuals taking Invokana should be aware of the warning signs of ketoacidosis:
- Frequent urination
- Dry mouth
- Intense thirst
- Abdominal pain
- Vomiting and nausea
- Breathing problems
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see your doctor immediately.
Other complications of Invokana
Invokana use has been known to cause other serious complications as well:
- Bone fractures
- Kidney problems
- Cardiovascular problems: Hypokalemia, heart arrhythmias, congestive heart failure
- Bladder cancer
Seek medical attention if you are experiencing any side effects.
If you have been harmed by Invokana, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Talk to a product liability attorney from Cutter Law P.C., to learn about your legal options. Call 888-285-3333.