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Invokana, the brand name version of canagliflozin, is a prescription drug commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes. The FDA reports that from October 2014 to September 2015, around 1.5 million people received the blockbuster prescription. However, recent studies revealed Invokana can cause severe side effects, including lower limb amputation.
Have you or a loved one suffered from a lower limb amputation after taking Invokana? Call our personal injury lawyers today! You may want to file a claim against Invokana manufacturers for compensation to cover the costs of medical bills and toxic diabetes medication.
What is Invokana Used for?
Invokana (canagliflozin) is a prescription drug used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults. It was the first SGLT-2 inhibitor to be FDA approved and received that approval in March 2013.
Invokana belongs to a drug class called sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors, which block the kidneys from reabsorbing glucose. Doctors prescribe Invokana to help diabetes patients control blood sugar levels in addition to diet and exercise. Additionally, some heart disease patients use canagliflozin to lower their risk of death after a heart attack or stroke.
What are the Dangers of Invokana?
Recently health officials discovered severe side effects and dangers from taking Invokana. Some of these side effects can be life threatening.
Severe Invokana side effects include:
Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
Amputation of lower limbs
Increased Risk of Lower Limb Amputation
In 2017 the FDA announced that new data from safety trials indicated Invokana causes an increased risk of lower limb amputations. This warning includes Invokamet and Invokamet XR, as well.
According to the trials, leg and foot amputations happened twice as often in those taking canagliflozin than those taking a placebo. The FDA found amputations of the middle of the foot and toe as most common, but some amputations in the study involved the leg, above and below the knee. Some patients even needed more than one amputation, sometimes involving both limbs.
This latest finding prompted the FDA to issue a new boxed warning label on the prescription. According to the FDA, a boxed warning label is the highest and most serious warning they require.
Call your doctor or health care provider immediately and stop taking Invokana if you:
Experience new foot or leg pain or tenderness
Have new foot or leg sores or ulcers
Get a foot or leg infection
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As personal injury attorneys, we strive to keep our clients updated on their rights after being injured from a dangerous drug. If Invokana’s manufacturer, the FDA, or others related to the creation and advertising of the drug withheld information that ended up harming a consumer, they can be held liable for putting your health at risk.
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