Invokamet Injury Lawyers
Have you or a loved one suffered an injury due to taking the diabetes medication Invokamet? If so you may be entitled to benefits as well as monetary compensation. Speaking with, and ultimately retaining, a skilled Invokamet injury attorney is a wise move.
Please contact our Invokamet injury lawyers here for a free consultation. They handle Invokamet cases, which are mass tort claims, on a contingency fee basis which means they charge no legal fees of any kind unless they win for you.
What is Invokamet?
Invokamet, manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is a diabetic medication used to control blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August 2014. It is part of a class of drugs known as SGLT2 inhibitors. SGLT2 inhibitors force the body to discharge excess blood sugar through the urine.
Invokamet consists of canagliflozin and metformin. Canagliflozin helps the kidneys get rid of glucose in the bloodstream. Metformin lowers glucose production in the liver. It also causes the intestines to absorb less glucose. Excess sugar is then discharged from the body by urination.
Common side effects of Invokamet include the following:
- Urinary tract infection
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain
Though Invokamet has helped several patients control their type 2 diabetes, patients taking Invokamet may develop an increased risk of developing diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), kidney failure, or heart complications. DKA is one of the most serious health complications linked to patients taking Invokamet.
DKA occurs when a patient’s cells do not get the glucose it needs for energy. The body burns fat for energy which produce ketones. When a buildup of ketones occurs, the patient’s blood becomes more acidic. Over time, an increased amount of ketones in the blood leads to a patient developing DKA.
Symptoms of DKA include the following:
- Frequent urination
- Urinary tract infection
- Abdominal pain
- Severe fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- High ketone levels in the blood
If you have experienced any of the above symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. Do not stop taking Invokamet without first obtaining medical advice. Contact our Invokamet injury lawyers for more information on how to file a claim for medical expenses related to developing DKA after taking Invokamet.
Invokamet Linked to Diabetic Ketoacidosis
The FDA issued a warning in May 2015 linking Invokamet to DKA. The FDA also issued a warning in June 2016 strengthening the warning regarding the risk of patients developing acute kidney injury after taking Invokamet:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strengthened the existing warning about the risk of acute kidney injury for the type 2 diabetes medicines canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet) and dapagliflozin (Farxiga, Xigduo XR). Based on recent reports, we have revised the warnings in the drug labels to include information about acute kidney injury and added recommendations to minimize this risk.
Patients should seek medical attention immediately if they experience signs and symptoms of acute kidney injury. This is a serious condition in which the kidneys suddenly stop working, causing dangerous levels of wastes to build up in the body.
The above warning the FDA recently released raises serious concerns for patients taking Invokamet. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms of acute kidney injury.
To obtain compensation for medical complications linked to taking Invokamet, a patient will have to prove the following:
- The patient suffered an injury after taking Invokamet
- The drug was either defective or improperly marketed
- The defect or improper marketing of the drug was the direct cause of injury
Depending on the nature of your injury, you may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact our Invokamet injury lawyers today for a consultation. Our injury lawyers are currently reviewing cases for individuals or family members who suffered a medical injury after taking Invokamet.
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