INVOKANA Side Effects
INVOKANA Side Effects

When you need to take medicine to keep type 2 diabetes under control, you simply want to get your sugar counts down. A new class of medications, called sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors, have been prescribed widely. According to IMS Health, approximately 1.1 million unique patients received canagliflozin prescriptions and around 41,000 received canagliflozin-metformin prescriptions from July 2014 through June 2015.

Reuters reported that Invokana sales were $340 million during the third quarter of 2015. However, this medication and many others have serious and potentially life-threatening side effects. They include:

  • Farxiga: In 2014, AstraZeneca introduced this drug (dapagliflozin in the generic form) after approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • Glyxambi: In 2015, Boehringer Ingelheim received approval for this prescription medication, which combines empagliflozin and linagliptin.
  • Invokana: In 2013, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) started selling Invokana, which is also available in generic form as canagliflozin.
  • Invokamet: In 2014, the J&J subsidiary Janssen introduced Invokamet, which also includes metformin.
  • Jardiance: In 2014, Boehringer Ingelheim manufactured this diabetes drug, which is also sold in generic form as empagliflozin.
  • Synjardy: In 2015, Eli Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim started to distribute this  prescription medicine with empagliflozin and metformin.
  • Xigduo Xr: In 2014, this drug (dapagliflozin and metformin) received FDA approval.

In 2015, J&J also began to distribute Invega (paliperidone), which is prescribed to treat schizophrenia. You will find information about all of these drugs, answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) as well as details about lawsuits and updates.

Health Risks Including Invokana Side Effects

Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors were intended to prevent reabsorption of glucose into the blood. They were designed to help patients with insulin resistance and high sugar levels, which may become dangerous. However, in May 2015 the FDA issued a safety warning that many of these drugs may lead to diabetic ketoacidosis, which requires hospitalization and can cause:

  • Coma
  • Fatal swelling of the brain
  • Severe dehydration

Along with these serious health complications, Invokana side effects include genital yeast infections, urinary tract infections and changes in urination. Patients who have experienced these problems and others after taking SGLT2 inhibitors have filed lawsuits. They allege that the drug companies failed to provide accurate and complete warnings about the dangers including acute kidney damage, blood clots and strokes.

Contact an Invokana Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Did a loved one suffer from Invega side effects? Did you experience serious health complications after taking Invokana or other SGLT2 inhibitors? Contact an Invokana lawyer now for a free, confidential legal consultation.

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