By Desiree Housek, Staff Writer
If you or a loved one has taken Invokana and experienced kidney failure other other serious side effects, you may be entitled to compensation. Here are some of the most common questions asked about Invokana, its side effects and the current Invokana litigation.
What is Invokana?
Invokana is part of a class of drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors. It is a drug that is used by adults with Type 2 diabetes to help regulate their blood sugar levels.
How does Invokana work?
Invokana is a SGLT2 inhibitor that works by triggering the kidneys to take sugar from the body by excreting it through urine to help lower blood sugar levels.
Why is there a lawsuit?
The plaintiffs in current Invokana lawsuits allege that the maker of the drug, Johnson & Johnson, failed to notify physicians and patients of the increased risks of kidney failure, ketoacidosis, myocardial infarction (heart attacks, and other cardiovascular issues.
Are other drugs of the same class being investigated?
The following brand name medications are currently being investigated:
- Xigduo XR
What are the risks associated with Invokana?
The most serious risks associated with Invokana are kidney failure, myocardial infarction (heart attack) and ketoacidosis. If you experience any of the following symptoms, seek immediate medical attention:
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Increased heart rate
- Increased pulmonary rate
- Changes in urination
- Abdominal pain
- Unusual fatigue
Who is at risk of kidney failure, ketoacidosis, or cardiovascular problems when using Invokana?
Anyone who takes Invokana is considered to be at risk for these side effects. It is believed that the risk of suffering from a heart attack or stoke peaks within the first 30 days of use. As for kidney problems, those who fast while using Invokana are considered to be at an increased risk.
Has Invokana been recalled?
There is currently no known recall of Invokana. The FDA is currently requiring healthcare professionals to inform patients and caregivers of signs and symptoms that they should look for when taking the medication and when to seek medical attention.