What is Diabetic Ketoacidosis?

Diabetic ketoacidosis is a serious complication of diabetes that occurs when your body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones.

How does someone get Diabetic Ketoacidosis?

Diabetic ketoacidosis develops when your body is unable to produce enough insulin. Insulin normally plays a key role in helping sugar (glucose) — a major source of energy for your muscles and other tissues — enter your cells. Without enough insulin, your body begins to break down fat as an alternate fuel.

Ketoacidosis caused Invokana®

In May 2015 the FDA issued a warning stating that anyone who took type 2 diabetes drugs including Invokana® may be subject to the risk of ketoacidosis. The Invokana® litigation attorneys at Auger and Auger are currently accepting cases for clients injured through the use of Invokana® and other type 2 diabetes drugs.  If you or a loved one has suffered serious side effects from the use of Invokana® including ketoacidosis, kidney failure, coma or death we may be able to help you recover monetary damages. The call as well as the consultation are free and we do not charge a fee unless we make a recovery on your behalf.

How do I know if I have Diabetic Ketoacidosis?

Some common symptoms of Diabetic Ketoacidosis are:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fruity-scented breath
  • Confusion
  • High blood sugar level (hyperglycemia)
  • High ketone levels in your urine

If I have those symptoms, what should I do?

If you experience any of the above named symptoms, you should contact your doctor to be safe. More specifically, you should definitely contact your doctor if you experience the following:

  • You’re vomiting and unable to tolerate any food or liquid
  • Your blood sugar level is higher than your target range and doesn’t respond to home treatment
  • Your urine ketone level is moderate or high

You should seek emergency care if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Your blood sugar level is consistently higher than 300 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), or 16.7 millimoles per liter (mmol/L)
  • You have ketones in your urine and can’t reach your doctor for advice
  • You have multiple signs and symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis — excessive thirst or frequent urination, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, shortness of breath, fruity-scented breath, confusion

Is Diabetic Ketoacidosis dangerous?

Yes. If left untreated, this can be fatal.

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Attorney and founding partner Herbert W. Auger is heading up the Invokana® and type 2 diabetes lawsuits and claims at Auger & Auger Accident and Injury Lawyers. If you or someone you know was a victim of the health problems associated with Invokana®, contact our law firm today for a free and confidential consultation.