Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions. This chronic disease impacts hundreds of millions of people every year, with that number steadily increasing all the time. Diabetes is among the leading causes of death and is a major cause of blindness and kidney failure.

People who suffer from diabetes must treat their illness daily with medication and lifestyle changes. Failure to do so can result in organ damage, loss of limb, and even death. The medication to treat diabetes is much needed and advancements highly sought after. Invokana and Invokamet were once highly regarded diabetes medications. But new evidence has linked these drugs to increased rates of limb amputations.

What Are the Warning Signs of Ketoacidosis?

Invokana and Invokamet are from a class of drugs known as SGLT2 inhibitors. Research conducted by the FDA has exposed this class of drug as dangerous, as it comes with an increased risk of the condition known as ketoacidosis. This illness has been known to cause patients to slip into a coma or even pass away. Ketoacidosis causes the body to produce high levels of blood acids called ketones, which can be dangerous.

The warning signs of ketoacidosis are:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Delirium or confusion
  • Dry mouth
  • Excessive thirst
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Flushed skin
  • Frequent urination
  • Fruity smelling breath
  • Itchy genitals
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low blood pressure
  • Low blood sugar
  • Nausea
  • Weakness and low energy
  • Weight loss

What Are Other Common Side Effects?

The most striking effect that Invokana can have on patients is the need to surgically remove lower extremities, like a toe, foot, or leg.

However, as an SGLT2 inhibitor, Invokana comes with a laundry list of other side effects, some mild and others life-threateningly severe. These include but are not limited to:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Dehydration
  • Fournier’s gangrene
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Increased cholesterol in the blood
  • Increased risk of broken bones
  • Kidney failure
  • Sepsis
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Vaginal yeast infection
  • Yeast infection of the penis

What Are the Legal Options for People Who’ve Suffered from Using Invokana?

Greg Jones Law has successfully sued negligent drug manufacturers and has experience working with and against insurance companies in personal injury claims. If you or a loved one has been negatively affected after using diabetes medication like Invokana or Invokamet, you may be entitled to recover compensation.

Drug manufacturers who fail to warn the public of the risks inherent in using their products can be held liable for the harm brought upon their patients. In cases like this, it is wise to consult with legal professionals experienced in handling product liability claims. Contact Greg Jones Law to schedule a consultation at (910) 251-2240.