Many individuals with type 2 diabetes are prescribed sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors (SGLT-2 inhibitors) to regulate glycemic levels and lower blood sugar. Some of the most common SGLT-2 inhibitors on the market are Invokana and Invokamet. While diabetes-related conditions may improve, users of Invokana or Invokamet can experience serious and even life-threatening side effects. The following is some information regarding the possible conditions that may develop in users of these diabetes drugs.
Ketoacidosis – When the body stops producing adequate insulin, tissue and muscles are deprived of necessary energy. The body will turn to fat to break down for energy, however, this breakdown causes the body to produce high levels of ketones, which are toxic and can poison the body at certain levels.
Myocardial Infarction – This is a term for a heart attack, which occurs when a restriction of blood causes cells in the heart to die. If blood does not reach parts of the heart, those parts can die from oxygen and nutrient deprivation. Heart attacks can often be fatal or can increase a victim's risk of subsequent heart attacks in the future.
Kidney failure – The kidneys work to filter waste out of a person's bloodstream and also help to regulate several bodily functions including blood pressure. When the kidneys stop working as needed, a person can experience many symptoms including confusion, lethargy, respiratory issues, abnormal heartbeat, and even sudden death.
Bone fractures – These diabetes drugs can lower a person's bone density levels and, therefore, can lead to a higher risk of bone fractures.
Do you have a legal claim regarding Invokana or Invokamet?
At this time, these drugs have not been recalled from the market, however, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued several safety warnings in regard to ketoacidosis and other potential side effects. In addition, many injured victims of the drugs have begun the process of filing lawsuits against manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Anyone who has suffered unnecessary side effects or who was not properly warned of the risks of taking Invokana or Invokamet may be entitled to substantial compensation. Consult with an experienced attorney at Michigan Injury Lawyers by calling (888) 454-0801 as soon as possible.