Diabetes is affecting millions and millions of people in the United States today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 30.3 million people have diabetes; this means that about 1 in 10 people have it and unfortunately 1 in every 4 don’t know they have it.
Once you are diagnosed with diabetes, and depending on the type of diabetes that you have, there are different methods for treatment that you can chose to go with. One of the options is medication – this is where Invokana comes into play.
What is Invokana?
Invokana is a prescribed medication that may be combined with insulin treatment and/or other lifestyle changes. Although Invokana can effectively control blood sugar, it has some side effects that can be worse than what it is intended to treat. The side effects have caused continuing lawsuits due to the lack of health warnings when prescribing, the FDA has taken some safety measures by adding a black box informing the clients of the side effects.
What are the side effects that I should be aware about?
Some of the most common side effects include, but are not limited to: abdominal pain, falls, nausea, low blood pressure, vaginal itching, dehydration, fatigue, constipation, allergic reactions, and increased urination.
If you experience any of these side effects or other reactions that are out of the norm contact your doctor as soon as possible.
What can Invokana lead to?
Unfortunately, Invokana can lead to the following:
- Lower Body Amputation – a study done by the FDA showed that people who take Invokana are twice as likely to have foot and leg amputation than those who don’t
- Kidney Failure – a study done by the FDA in 2016 showed that people who take Invokana have a higher risk of renal failure; those who have kidney disease before taking the medication have a higher risk of death
- Acute Pancreatitis – researchers have found that, even though it’s rare, taking Invokana can lead to the inflammation of the pancreas which can lead to other health problems or death
- Heart Disease – studies suggest that people who take Invokana may experience cardiovascular problems
So, WHY is Invokana still on the market?!
After reading the effects, you are probably wondering why. The reason is that the odds of amputation are about 6-8 people out of every 1,000 people who take the medication. However, even though the FDA is trying to make patients more aware of the side effects now, there are some that weren’t properly informed.
Contact Brooks Law Group
If you or a loved one have experienced more pain and suffering than you would have because you weren’t properly informed about Invokana in order to make the choice, call Brooks Law Group today at 1-800-LAW-3030. Attorneys at Brooks Law Group work on a contingent basis, meaning that they don’t get paid until you receive compensation.