Invokana® is a prescription drug designed to treat patients struggling to manage
Type II diabetes. Janssen Pharmaceuticals markets the drug as safe for
use and beneficial for the following reasons:
- It can aid in weight loss
- One pill works around the clock
- Most people taking the medication can reach an A1C of less than 7.0
- It significantly lowers blood sugar
According to the official Invokana® website, the drug is supposed to
safely work in conjunction with the kidneys to help the patient lose more
sugar through the urination process. Recent studies, however, reveal that
this medication is actually linked to a host of dangerous side effects
that have caused serious injury or death in some patients.
While many possible side effects are disclosed on the label, including
yeast infection, dehydration, changes in urinary habits, and urinary tract
infections, there have been several other side effects reported that Janssen
failed to inform the public about.
Some of these dangerous, undisclosed side effects include:
Ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis is the result of the body’s inability to produce enough
insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. The body responds by instead burning
fat, which can result in the buildup of a high concentration of toxic
acids called ketones in the bloodstream.
Kidney failure. The kidneys are responsible for red blood cell production, electrolyte
balance, the regulation of blood pressure, and filtering waste products
from the blood. Invokana® has been linked to an increased risk of
complete shutdown of the kidneys. When kidneys begin to fail, the body
becomes poisoned by the buildup of waste products, causing abnormal heart
rhythms, weakness, lethargy, confusion, and eventual death.
Heart attack. Use of Invokana® has been linked to an increased risk of myocardial
infarction (heart attack) caused when blood is restricted to certain areas
of the heart. Heart tissue that is deprived of oxygen eventually dies,
which can cause death.
Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers Representing Victims of Dangerous Drugs
Janssen Pharmaceuticals has not yet issued a recall of Invokana® despite
several reports that the drug can be dangerous. If you have suffered adverse
side effects after taking Invokana® or have lost a loved one due to
a complication with the drug, you may have grounds to file a personal
injury claim. We encourage you to get in touch with a Philadelphia personal
injury attorney at Golomb & Honik, P.C. as soon as possible to begin
discussing your case.
Our seasoned class action attorneys have successfully recovered more than
$1 billion in verdicts and settlements in both individual and class action
litigation. We have decades of experience representing clients who have
been harmed by
dangerous drugs both in Philadelphia and around the country. We know what it takes to
win these types of cases and look forward to seeing how we may be able
to assist with your personal injury or wrongful death case.
Get started by requesting a consultation with Golomb & Honik, P.C.
Call now at (215) 278-4449.