Invokana Attorney in Columbia
Physicians prescribe Invokana, also called Canagliflozin, (alongside diet and exercise) for the treatment of Type-2 diabetes. It lowers blood sugar levels in patients by blocking the absorption of glucose in the kidneys. Invokana does not help sufferers of Type-1 diabetes.
Drugs to Avoid, Side Effects, and Contraindications
Invokana will affect and be affected by other drugs. Some pharmaceuticals that doctors need to know about before they prescribe Invokana are: diuretics, insulin, digoxin, phenobarbital, phenytoin, rifampin, and ritonavir. If you are taking Invokana, be sure to consult your doctor before you begin taking any medicine or supplement containing potassium.
Serious side effects of Invokana include:
- Changes in frequency or amount of urination.
- Bloody urine.
- Painful urination.
- Pain in the lower back or side.
- Confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting.
- Uneven heartbeat.
- Numbness in the hands, feet, or lips.
When patients experience any of the above symptoms, and they are taking Invokana, they should contact their doctor immediately.
Contraindications for Invokana include:
- Low levels of blood pressure or low blood sugar.
- Kidney or liver disease.
- A history of pancreas issues, genital yeast or urinary tract infections.
- Abnormally high levels of potassium.
- Ketoacidosis (increased levels of ketones and acid in the blood).
Defective Invokana Product Liability Cases
Defective Invokana can cause serious injury. When people suffer an injury from taking defective Invokana, they may have reason to file a product liability claim against several potentially responsible parties: their doctor, the manufacturer of the drug, the laboratory that tested the drug, a pharmaceutical sales representative, a hospital, or a pharmacy.
A pharmaceutical can be defective in one of three ways. The drug may have acquired a defect in the manufacturing process, during shipping, or at a pharmacy. The law considers drugs that are improperly marketed defective. Ways a drug can be improperly marketed include missing or incorrect warning labels or instructions on the drug’s packaging and incorrect information given by the manufacturer, sales representative, doctor, or other source.
The courts may consider pharmaceuticals that have overly dangerous side effects to be defective. New research is constant, and sometimes studies link drugs that have been on the market for years to serious conditions. In some cases, a person filing a claim may attempt to prove the manufacturer knew of the danger but hid the information.
When plaintiffs (those bringing charges) can prove a drug is defective, they are roughly one third of the way to winning their case. The other two things they need to prove are that:
- The drug injured them or caused some measurable loss.
- The drug’s defect caused the plaintiff’s injury or loss.
Legal Help for Cases of Defective Invokana in Columbia
Our product liability lawyers at the Discepolo law firm have won nearly $100 million for our clients in cases of product liability. Over the 15 years we have been in business, our team of lawyers have become experts in the laws governing defective pharmaceutical cases in all the states we practice. These states include Maryland, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Washington. We also provide co-counsel nationwide.
Discepolo Firm’s believes our clients need the money they will win from these resolutions. We offer a free consultation, where we assess your case. If you have questions regarding your case, we have open communications with all our clients. The process of proving a case of product liability is incredibly long and complex one. If you want to pursue such a case, you will need expert legal assistance. Discepolo Firm can give you the help you need.
Fees and potential damages vary on a case by case basis, so reach out to us if you have any questions about your situation or for an initial evaluation.