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What is Invokana?

More than 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and 90 to 95% of them have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic illness that affects the body’s ability to metabolize sugar, or glucose, and is characterized by the inability of pancreatic beta cell function to keep up with the body’s demand for insulin.

Invokana is the brand name of canagliflozen, an SGLT2 inhibitor used to treat type 2 diabetes by lowering a patient’s blood sugar. The drug is designed to cause the kidneys to excrete glucose through the patient’s urine, reducing the amount of glucose in the patient’s blood.

The drug received FDA approval in 2013 after years of clinical trials. In two studies comparing Invokana to other treatments, Invokana patients saw greater reductions in blood sugar levels, and the overall incidence of adverse events was similar.

The drug quickly became the number-one branded non-insulin type 2 diabetes medication prescribed by U.S. endocrinologists, according to Johnson & Johnson. It was also the most common branded therapy prescribed by physicians when adding or switching therapies in patients. More than 8 million prescriptions have been written for Invokana.

Class Action Invokana Lawsuits

Individuals have been filing class action lawsuits against the manufacturers of Invokana, claiming that they failed to warn prospective patients and users of the drug about the potential risks of kidney failure (and other long-term side effects associated with taking the drug over a prolonged period) – including failing to warn patients about the extent of those risks. When a manufacturer fails to provide adequate warnings about drug side effects and potential health risks associated with taking a drug, and that failure proximately results in injuries or damages, then injured users may be entitled to monetary compensation with the help of an Invokana lawyer.

Side Effects

Patients have claimed the following side effects from prolonged use of Invokana:

Kidney damage

  • a) Bone fractures.
  • b) Infections
  • c) Severe urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • d) Leg/foot/toe amputation
  • e) Metabolic acidosis
  • f) Stroke
  • i) Heart Attack
  • j) Death
  • h) Gangrene

If you or a loved one has suffered any of the above effects while taking this drug it is important to consult with an Invokana attorney to discuss filing a claim.

How we Can Help you?

We will get you Skilled Invokana lawyers will be able to speak to you about your current health conditions and symptoms, analyze the facts and circumstances of your case, and assist you with pursuing monetary compensation for your injuries and damages via a class action lawsuit. Contact us for experienced Invokana lawyers at any time for an initial consultation.

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