Auger & Auger Handling Invokana Lawsuits
Author: Auger Law | July 27th, 2015
North Carolina Invokana lawyers Auger and Auger have begun accepting cases for victims of type 2 diabetes medications including Invokana and similar medications Infokamet, Farxiga, Xigduo XR, and Jardiance. Just two months ago, the FDA released a warning to consumers that taking Invokana may lead to ketoacidosis, a condition that can cause serious complications including coma or death. Invokana and its potential risks and side effects are currently being investigated.
In May, the Food and Drug Administration issued a public warning regarding Invokana. In that warning, the FDA reported that anyone taking the drug should pay close attention to any side effects they experienced. Difficulty breathing, nausea, abdominal pain, confusion, and unusual fatigue should alert patients to seek immediate medical attention. The drug puts people at risk of developing ketoacidosis, an extremely serious condition that can be fatal if left untreated.
Invokana and Invokamet
These drugs are SGLT2 inhibitors. That is, when they are combined with a prescribed diet and exercise regimen, the drugs help the patient control their diabetes by lowering blood sugar and improving glycemic control. Invokamet differs slightly in that it is a combination of Invokana and metformin. It is utilized when either drug is not sufficient in controlling diabetes on its own.
In the United States, diabetes is seventh on the list of causes of death. Left untreated or unmanaged, type 2 diabetes can eventually lead to nerve damage, blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and other serious problems. These types of drugs help the kidneys remove excess blood sugar through the urine.
Although the FDA has released a warning about the potential dangers of Invokana and similar drugs, there has been no official recall issued. It is important to note that the investigation is in its early stages. Investigations such as this can take years to complete. It is when these investigations are completed that voluntary and involuntary recalls are issued. Even though there has been no official recall, patients taking the drugs are strongly urged to pay attention to their bodies for signs of ketoacidosis. Although potentially fatal, the condition can be treated if detected early enough.
When your body is unable to produce enough insulin, your cells are unable to accept an adequate amount of glucose. Ketoacidosis is a condition in which your body begins to break down fat for fuel as an alternative to glucose.
Symptoms of ketoacidosis include fruit-scented breath, frequent urination, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, weakness, confusion, shortness of breath, hyperglycemia, and high ketone levels in the urine. While any of these symptoms should alert you to the need to seek medical attention, never ignore an inability to keep food or liquid down, blood sugar levels that do not respond to self-treatment, or urine ketone levels that are moderate to high.
Patients should seek immediate medical attention if blood sugar levels persist above 300 milligrams per deciliter, multiple symptoms of ketoacidosis are present, or excessive ketones are present in the urine. Remember that, when left untreated, ketoacidosis can be fatal.
Attorney and founding partner Herbert W Auger is heading the Invokana lawsuits at Auger & Auger. If you or a loved one has suffered any significant health issue or complication after taking Invokana or Infokamet, contact our dangerous drugs lawyers at your convenience.
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