Invokana Diabetes Drug Lawsuit

Diabetes Drug

Invokana is a sodium glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitor for Type 2 Diabetics

Miskin Law offices are now accepting client retainers for Canadians related to Janssen’s diabetes drug Invokana for a Canadian class action.  We have already been retained by several people with very serious problems from this medication.  We expect a class action claim to be issued soon.

Invokana was released on the market in the USA in 2013 and in Canada in May 2014.  This drug belongs to a new class of medications called sodium glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors that increase the body’s release of sugars in the urine.  Invokana has been hailed as a great option for treating type 2 diabetes but beware.  Similar drugs are Farxiga from Astra Zeneca and Jardiance made by Eli Lily.

Invokana is now under investigation in both the United States since May 2015 and Canada since June 2015 for causing the potentially deadly condition of Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA). With that condition there are dangerously high levels of blood acids known as ketones.  Ketoacidosis is a condition where the cells in the body are unable to get the sugar they need due to insufficient insulin.  The condition can lead to severe dehydration, loss of consciousness, coma and death.  Patients are typically hospitalized for treatment and given intravenous treatment to receive insulin and fluids.  Symptoms of ketoacidosis include:

  • Flushed, hot, dry skin.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Feeling thirsty and urinating a lot.
  • Drowsiness or difficulty waking up. Young children may lack interest in their normal activities.
  • Rapid, deep breathing.
  • A strong, fruity breath odor.
  • Loss of appetite, belly pain, and vomiting.
  • Confusion.

Other conditions associated with this drug include: bladder infection, heart arrhythmia, heart attack, cardiac arrest, brain aneurism, kidney disease or failure.   If you are in Canada and have had problems with this type of drug please contact Miskin Law Offices immediately at 1-877-428-8000 or by email.  If you are taking any of these medications now please consult your doctor right away to see if you should switch to another medication for control of diabetes.  You can not just stop without having serious consequences.

The following factors increase your likelihood of having medical problems by taking Invokana: (1) kidney disease; (2) liver disease; (3) heart disease; (4) high blood pressure; (5) low blood pressure; (6) an electrolyte imbalance (such as high levels of potassium in your blood); (7) high cholesterol; (8) if you are on a low salt diet; or (9) if you use insulin or other oral diabetes medicines. It is unknown whether Invokana can harm a fetus or an infant being breastfed. Make sure to talk to your doctor if you plan to become pregnant, are pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Once again, if you are in Canada contact the Miskin Law Office to see about making a claim for injury.

6 Comments

  • Vincent Martin says:

    It is now December 20, 2016. I am experiencing kidney failure after being on Invokana. Is it too late to add me to the lawsuit?

    • admin says:

      It is not too late to make a claim. You are automatically included in the class action. Please contact our office directly so that we may proceed for you.

  • Rosemarie Garrity says:

    I was prescribed Invokana and have been taking it now for approximately 5 months and have been experiencing a variety of side effects. I would like to speak with someone about this drug please. I know others as well who are experiencing problems too.
    Thank you.

  • Scott Balzer says:

    I am wanting to stay informed on developments as I have recently, in the last 6 months been prescribed this medication and am concerned about the possible damage I am reading of.

    • Helen says:

      I was on Invokana for a month in a half approx. and sadly was one of the unlucky ones who got ketoacidosis from it. First one in Quebec to have it happen. Then another person 2-3 days into my hospitalization. Thankfully I survived and am well now due to excellent doctors and the fact that I’m young really helped out. They said had I been 50, with the acidity levels I was at, I would’ve died. Heck I would’ve died that night had I not been rescued by my roommate. I’ll say this though, not everyone will encounter this issue. It has been happening though. My suggestion is that you buy keytone test strips from your local pharmacy and dip it in urine to check your keytone levels if your blood glucose is ever 14 before a meal. That’s what they instructed me when I left the hospital anyway. There may be a chance you might not even end up with ketoacidosis. But best to be safe than sorry. Up to you whatever you choose to do.. but I do hope you’ll be alright on Invokana. Best of luck to you.

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