Invokana, Farxiga, Jardiance, SGLT2 Lawsuit in Chicago

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If You’ve Been Harmed by a SGLT2 Inhibitor, Balkin Law Group Can Help You Get Financial Compensation You Need.

In May of 2015, the FDA made an official warning to patients with type 2 diabetes who are taking SGLT2 inhibitors, stating that this class of drug has been linked to dangerous side effects including ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis is a dangerous medical condition resulting in extremely high levels of an acids called ketones in the blood. Ketoacidosis can be dangerous and may require expensive visits to the emergency room or hospitalization. It can even result in diabetic coma, and in extreme cases can be fatal. If you or a loved one suffered from ketoacidosis or other dangerous side effects while taking SGLT2 inhibitors, call our team of skilled lawyers immediately to file an Invokana lawsuit. You could receive financial compensation for your:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain, and suffering.

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is a growing health concern in the United States. It results when the person’s body either cannot efficiently produce insulin or has become insulin-resistant. Insulin is a hormone in the body that helps turn glucose (sugar) into energy. Since the body cannot breakdown sugars, the patient will have abnormally high blood sugar levels that can result in dangerous side effects such as:
  • Heart and blood vessel disease
  • Nerve damage (neuropathy)
  • Kidney damage (nephropathy)
  • Eye damage
  • Foot damage
  • Hearing impairment
  • Skin conditions
  • Alzheimer’s disease
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medical illustration of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes

Dangerous Side Effects of Invokana, Farxiga, Jardiance and Other SGLT2 Inhibitors

Each SGLT2 inhibitor drug has its own list of individual side effects, however there is a dangerous and potentially fatal side effect that all SGLT2 inhibitors have in common. In May 2015, the FDA published an official warning that SGLT2 inhibitors have been linked to ketoacidosis, a dangerous build-up of blood acids called ketones.

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is normally seen in diabetic patients after long periods of fasting or extended periods with low insulin levels. It is most commonly seen in patients with type 1 diabetes, however, patients with type 2 diabetes who are taking SGLT2 inhibitors are now being hospitalized with ketoacidosis. Even some type 2 diabetics who take SGLT2 inhibitors and have normal insulin levels have been hospitalized for ketoacidosis.

The risks of SGLT2 inhibitors and ketoacidosis were previously undisclosed to the public. Now many patients who have been harmed without being warned of these side effects are preparing to file lawsuits against the manufacturers of Invokana, Invokamet, Farxiga, Jardiance, Xigduo XR, and Glyxambi. Balkin Law Group is dedicated to helping these victims receive the financial compensation they deserve for damages caused by these negligent companies.

How Do SGLT2 Inhibitors Treat Type 2 Diabetes?

SGLT2 inhibitors are a newer type of type 2 diabetes treatment. These drugs work by helping the kidneys filter sugars from the blood so they can be expelled through the urine. This helps patients struggling with type 2 diabetes maintain healthy blood sugar levels when paired with diet and exercise. These drugs have not been approved by the FDA for use by patients with type 1 diabetes. The main types of SGLT2 inhibitors are:

  • Invokana (canagliflozin)
  • Invokamet (canagliflozin/metformin)
  • Jardiance (empagliflozin)
  • Xigduo XR (dapagliflozin)
  • Farxiga (dapagliflozin)
  • Glyxambi (emplagliflozin/linagliptin)

Dangerous Symptoms of Ketoacidosis

If you are taking Invokana, Farxiga, Jardiance, Invokamet, Xigduo XR, or Glyxambi seek immediate medical help if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness
  • Fruity-smelling breath
  • Confusion

Early Signs of Ketoacidosis in Patients Taking SGLT2 Inhibitor:

Ketoacidosis can come on quite suddenly, often within 24 hours, in patients who take SGLT2 inhibitors. If you are taking Invokana, Invokamet, Farxiga, Jardiance, Xigduo XR, or Glyxambi, make sure to test your urine with an at-home ketone test strip if you notice:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Low blood sugar

These can be early indicators of ketoacidosis. Your doctor may also recommend that you test your urine ketone levels if you are sick or under high levels of stress, as these triggers can increase the chances of ketoacidosis. If caught early, the risks of more dangerous problems may be avoided.

What Should I do If my Doctor Prescribes Invokana, Farxiga, Jardiance, Invokamet, Xigduo XR, or Glyxambi to Treat My Type 2 Diabetes?

Ketoacidosis can be extremely dangerous. Though, so far no death reports have been filed with the FDA for these drugs, the risk of fatal complications still exists. You should not stop taking your diabetes medication without consulting your doctor first. If you are concerned of the risks of ketoacidosis and SGLT2 inhibitors, talk to your doctor about other methods of treating your type 2 diabetes. If you have been diagnosed with ketoacidosis while taking SGLT2 inhibitors, the skilled SGLT2 lawyers at the Balkin Law Group can help you receive the financial compensation you deserve.

If you have been diagnosed with Ketoacidosis while taking SGLT2 inhibitors, Balkin Law Group wants to help you and your family. Ketoacidosis can be expensive to treat, and can have long-term repercussions if not caught early. If you’ve had ketoacidosis while taking one of these drugs, you need legal representation. Balkin Law Group has helped many people just like you file SGLT2 inhibitor lawsuits, hire a lawyer with experience.

Have You Suffered from Ketoacidosis While Taking a SGLT2 Inhibitor?

With the publication of the official FDA warning, many patients who have suffered from ketoacidosis while taking Invokana, Farxiga, Jardiance, Invokamet, Xigduo XR, or Glyxambi are preparing to file lawsuits against the drug manufacturers.  The drug manufacturers should have known of these side effects before marketing these potentially dangerous drugs to the general public If you have been harmed or hospitalized with ketoacidosis, you could receive legal compensation for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses

You want to hire an experienced SGLT2 inhibitor lawyer if you want legal compensation from your Invokamet, Farxiga, Jardiance, Xigduo XR, Glyxambi, or Invokana lawsuit. Balkin Law Group has won over a $1 Billion in legal compensation for our clients. Our group of dangerous drug lawyers has successfully taken on pharmaceutical giants for decades. Hire a proven winner, Hire The Bull!