Putting a Face to Invokana Dangerous Complications
This is Amy German, Managing Associate attorney for the Michael Brady Lynch Firm.
At night while relaxing on the couch watching TV, we see advertisements for “miracle” or “life-changing” pharmaceutical drugs without giving it a second thought. Unfortunately, what is being sold to us as safe and effective ways to manage various medical conditions is any but. For many consumers, these drugs induce life-threatening complications. One such drug I see advertised constantly and know first hand of its dangers is Invokana. This SGLT-2 inhibitor has become a nightmare drug for consumers just trying to manage their diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetics are prescribed Invokana to trigger the kidneys to release excess blood glucose through the urine. Unfortunately, for people like Jane*, Invokana triggered so much worse.
It was scary for Jane to be diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes at the young age of 31. She felt confident that with her prescription of Invokana and the guidance of her healthcare provider, she could live a normal, healthy life.
However, as the weeks went by, she started to feel worse. She wasn’t sleeping well at night since she frequently had to get up to urinate. She couldn’t limit her fluids since her lips were constantly chapped, and her mouth was parched. It was getting even difficult to rise out of bed in the morning since she began to feel so weak. She convinced herself she caught a bad strain of the flu. Until one night, her breath started to taste fruity as though she was chewing gum. Terrified, she rushed to the ER, but they didn’t have an answer for her.
Jane continued to decline. Her spotless attendance record at work was now ruined, as she couldn’t even get out of bed. Constant nausea and vomiting led to terrible dehydration. One terrifying evening, Jane was unable to move, vomiting constantly and on the verge of death. After being rushed by EMS to the hospital, she was immediately placed in ICU and evaluated. Her ketones were off the chart and her glucose levels were unbelievably high. Her attending physician in the ICU finally had a diagnosis for her: Diabetic Ketoacidosis. Her body did not have enough insulin to process sugars, so it was destroying her own body fat. This caused acid called ketone bodies to multiply inside her and slowly poisoned her almost to death. What did the ICU doctor pinpoint as the direct cause? Invokana.
We help Victims of Invokana
Thankfully, Jane found us at the Michael Brady Lynch Firm. We assured her that we would take her story seriously and would do everything we could to make sure that she got justice. If you suffered from diabetic ketoacidosis from taking Invokana, like Jane, please call us at 877-513-9517 for a free consultation. We can help.
*Name has been changed to protect identity