Invokana lawsuitIf you or a loved one suffered a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, or ketoacidosis while taking Invokana, you should know the diabetes medication has been linked to these serious medical conditions.  The Cochran Firm, D.C. is actively investigating reports of adverse events suffered by Invokana users. If you suffered a serious injury or side effect after taking Invokana, you may be eligible to file an Invokana lawsuit.

Invokana is an orally taken type 2 diabetes medication.  Invokana is in a class of diabetes medications known as sodium-glucose-cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. Invokana controls blood sugar levels by forcing the kidneys to expel sugar through urine.  The FDA approved Invokana sales in 2013.

Invokana heart attack and stroke injuries

Invokana is a relatively new drug and its long term effects are not yet fully know.  Since first being marketed in 2013, Invokana has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

According to Forbes magazine, Invokana trials revealed the type 2 diabetes medication raised cholesterol levels.  The elevated risk of heart attack was greatest within the first 30 days of taking Invokana.

Invokana kidney damage

Invokana works by altering kidney functions and serious questions are being raised about why Janssen, the maker of Invokana, did not anticipate Invokana users to develop serious medical conditions.  Since the FDA approved the drug in 2013, Invokana has been linked to hundreds of adverse events, many related to kidney function.

In 2014, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) concluded there were hundreds of adverse events linked to taking Invokana.  Serious medical conditions linked to Invokana included kidney failure, kidney stones and urinary tract infections.  ISMP commented there were many unanswered questions about the adverse health effects of taking Invokana to treat diabetes.

Symptoms of kidney failure and other serious kidney conditions include:

  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Drowsiness or fatigue
  • Decreased Urine Output
  • Swelling of Legs, Ankles and Feet

FDA warns Invokana linked to ketoacidosis

In May 2015, the Food and Drug Administration issued a Drug Safety Communication informing Invokana users about the increased risk of developing ketoacidosis and diabetic ketoacidosis associated with taking the type 2 diabetes medication.  Ketoacidosis is a serious medical condition which can lead to hospitalization.

Ketoacidosis occurs when there is not enough insulin to control the absorption of blood acids known as ketones.  Insulin spurs the absorption of blood acids (ketones) by fat cells in the blood.  Without enough insulin, high levels of fatty acids (ketones) will cause the blood’s pH to drop.

Symptoms of ketoacidosis include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue or sleepiness

The FDA’s Drug Safety Communication urged Invokana users experiencing any of the symptoms of ketoacidosis to seek immediate medical attention.  The communication also noted side effects of Invokana include increased risk of kidney problems, increased cholesterol levels, yeast infections and dehydration.

Invokana side effect injury lawyers

The Cochran Firm, D.C. is actively investigating claims of injuries related to taking Invokana.  If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury like heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, ketoacidosis or were hospitalized while taking Invokana, you may be entitled to substantial compensation by filing an Invokana lawsuit.

The experienced and dedicated product liability attorneys at The Cochran Firm, D.C. can help you recover compensation for lost wages, hospital bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.  We offer free, prompt, and confidential case reviews.  There are no legal fees unless we win your case.

Call us at 202-682-5800 locally or at 1-800-THE-FIRM (843-3476) to reach us 24 hours a day.  You may also fill out a contact form here on our website.  There are strict time deadlines when filing an Invokana injury claim so please contact us today and preserve your rights.