Unfortunately, not all diabetes-related medications are safe for human consumption. This is true for many reasons, including pharmaceutical companies releasing medication to the public with insufficient testing and/or unexpected consequences of drugs thought to be safe.
In particular, Invokana and Invokamet are two pharmaceuticals that contain a compound known as Canagliflozin. The FDA has recently flagged medicines containing Invokana and Invokamet as unexpectedly hazardous due to unexpected patient reactions. Many of these side effects literally threaten life and limb. If you or a loved one has recently been prescribed either Invokana or Invokamet and has developed health problems, you should call a doctor immediately.
About Invokana / Invokamet
Invokana and Invokamet are two different medications related to diabetes treatment. Invokana is a white pill with the letters CFZ written on one side and the number 300 written on the other side. Invokamet is a pinkish pill with the letters CM written on one side and the number 611 written on the other side. The difference between Invokana and Invokamet is that Invokamet is a compound pharmaceutical. The primary active ingredient in Invokana is Canagliflozin, whereas Invokamet is a combination of two active ingredients: Canagliflozin and Metformin.
The danger of both medications is their use of Canagliflozin, which is an SGLT2 inhibitor. Put simply, both medications are designed to lower blood sugar. Normally, either Invokana or Invokamet is prescribed to patients with type two diabetes.
Harmful Side Effects Related to the Use of Invokana / Invokamet
The most common side effects of these pharmaceuticals are urinary problems, loss of appetite and nausea, lower back pain, and fatigue; however, they have also been linked to far more serious health problems. Invokana in particular has been known to spike blood acid levels, resulting in severe stomach sickness. If you have developed any of these side effects, you should contact your doctor immediately, but these side effects are not necessarily life-threatening.
More concerning, both Invokana and Invokamet have been flagged by the FDA as being linked with serious medical problems. In May of 2017, the FDA completed a review of the medications and found that alarming rates of leg and foot amputations had been correlated with the taking of Invokana and Invokamet. Both medications have also been linked with injury to the kidneys.
Learn More About the Lawsuits Being Filed by Consumers Hurt by Invokana / Invokamet
As a consumer of pharmaceuticals, you are generally entitled to expect that any medicines prescribed to you are safe, with the exception of the expressly stated potential side effects. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. When consumers of dangerous pharmaceuticals are harmed, victims have a right to pursue financial compensation for their harms and losses.
Many lawsuits are already pending as a result of Invokana and Invokamet related injuries. If you have been severely injured after taking either of these medications, you may have a legal claim and should contact a Colleyville product liability attorney to evaluate your legal rights.
Have Questions About Taking Legal Action Against Invokana or Invokamet? Contact the Montes Law PLLC Today
If you or a family member suffered adverse side effects from Invokana or Invokamet, Pat Montes is here to help. Take action and schedule a free, confidential consultation with the Montes Law PLLC.