If you or someone you care about is taking Invokana (canagliflozin) for type 2 diabetes, you need to know how to recognize the signs of kidney failure. Kidney failure is fatal if left untreated. Those who are treated early enough may avoid permanent injury. Invokana was linked to at least 54 cases of renal impairment and kidney failure in its first 12 months on the market, and those are just the cases that were actually reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
Symptoms of Kidney Failure
If you take Invokana, you have to be on the lookout for kidney failure. When the kidneys fail toxins build up in the blood, fluid imbalance occurs, and the calcium/potassium balance in your blood is disrupted. Examples of the problems and symptoms that include:
- Decreased urine production is a common symptom of kidney failure, but it is not experienced by everyone with the condition.
- Body swelling, usually in the legs, ankles, or feet is a result of the water retention caused when kidneys fail.
- Seizures and coma may occur in very severe cases of acute kidney failure.
Other symptoms can include:
- Metallic taste in the mouth
- Difficulty concentrating
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea, vomiting
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain or pressure
If you suspect that you or someone you love is experiencing kidney failure, please seek immediate medical attention. Permanent injury may be avoidable with immediate treatment, and you will need treatment to prevent complications of kidney failure. If kidney failure becomes permanent, treatment may include on-going dialysis or kidney transplant.