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Invokana

Invokana is a drug that is used to treat conditions associated with type 2 diabetes, such as high blood sugar levels and low levels of insulin. It is ideally taken with a healthy diet and exercise. Type 2 diabetes is serious; if it isn’t treated, it can translate into life-threatening conditions such as stroke, high blood pressure or vision impairment. By using Invokana, a patient’s blood sugar levels are reduced by enabling the kidneys to excrete blood glucose through urine.

Invokana was formulated in 2012 by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. whose parent company is Johnson & Johnson. Since this drug was labelled as safe for use in 2013 by the Food and Drug Administration, a slew of diabetics resorted to it to deal with problematic symptoms of diabetes. However, what people are not aware of are the side effects that the manufacturers of Invokana never put forth.

Health Complications Associated With Invokana

Invokana primarily works through the kidneys, which is why it is likely that the patient who consumes it could become dehydrated, and when it does, only a limited amount f blood flows to his limbs such as the arms, legs, etc.

Limited blood flow is a serious condition on its own. Couple it with diabetes and it can have daunting repercussions like bacterial infection and amputation. Such conditions are especially onerous for people with type 2 diabetes because they already run the risk of foot problems due to high blood pressure and weakened blood circulation. Therefore, even a slight boost in this condition could have dangerous results, which is why any fluctuation should be immediately reported to the doctor or physician.

Amputations

In May 2016, FDA released a warning that basically labeled Invokana associated with leg and foot amputations after the CANVAS trial which aimed to study the impact of Invokana in comparison with placebo. After carrying on with the studies for 5 years, results showed that people who were treated by Invokana required amputation twice as much as the people who were treated by placebo.

According to FDA the intensity and area of amputations was different in different people but most of them occurred in the toe or the middle of the foot. The leg and above the knee were also quite common areas. Also, there were some people who experienced amputations in more than one area, often involving both limbs.

Kidney Failure

Kidney failure is a very serious diagnosis. It happens when a person’s kidneys fail to operate any more. Your kidneys help to cleanse your blood and remove any waste products from it, while maintain a balanced level of water and electrolytes in your body. In the absence of a working kidney, a patient either needs to have a transplant or go through the process of dialysis, which artificially cleanses the blood of any waste products.

Even though there are alternatives available in case your kidneys fail, this condition is a lifelong hassle and an irreversible condition and Invokana has been proved to contribute to it by leading to kidney damage or kidney diseases which more often than not, translates to kidney failure.

Heart Attack

Heart attack is not an unheard-of condition. It is a deadly condition, which is struck when something restricts the blood flow to the heart. In the absence of blood flow, the cells in the heart are deprived of oxygen, and when this happens the cells stop working, eventually dying off. The elimination of heart cells is irreversible and the result can’t be anything less than fatal. Studies have pointed out that upon taking Invokana, patients run a higher risk of getting struck by heart attack.

Ketoacidosis

Ketoacidosis is perhaps the most dangerous condition diabetics can come into contact with. Ketoacidosis occurs when a diabetic’s body to fuel its operations has to burn fat instead of blood sugar. When this happens, the byproducts that are released are called ketones, which due to the process can be build up to alarming levels in the body and lead to problems.

Even though Ketoacidosis is not that commonly prevalent in people with diabetes, research has shown that upon taking Invokana, the chances increase. Symptoms include thirst, frequent urination, headache, disoriented feeling and nausea. If the condition doesn’t get dealt with in due time, then it could lead to heart failure, kidney failure or even death.

How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help

If you or a family member is going through the side effects of Invokana, then you must be proactive and act with urgency to secure your rights. At The Jackman Law Firm, we can tell you about the compensation you can receive that can help you in covering your medical expenses which incurred as a result of consuming Invokana. The Jackman Law Firm can help you recover money for your medical bills, lost wages, if applicable, pain and suffering, and out of pocket expenses you might have incurred as a result of taking Invokana.

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