The diabetes drug Farxiga significantly increases a patient’s risk of dehydration, which can lead to kidney problems. The FDA has also warned about reports of kidney failure that occurred after urinary tract infections spread to the kidneys.
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Does Farxiga Cause Kidney Damage?
Farxiga (dapagliflozin) belongs to a class of diabetes drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors, which control blood-sugar levels by forcing the kidneys to excrete more sugar (glucose) in urine. Because Farxiga relies on the kidneys to work, many experts are concerned it could cause kidney damage. Unfortunately, type-2 diabetes is also a risk-factor for kidney problems.
Dehydration From Farxiga Can Lead to Kidney Problems
Farxiga increases urination, which can lead to dehydration (loss of water and salt), especially for people with pre-existing kidney problems. When the body is dehydrated, blood pressure drops and the kidneys are unable to do their job. This can lead to kidney failure or other complications.
Should I Take Farxiga if I Have Kidney Problems?
Farxiga is not recommended for people with moderate to severe kidney damage, according to the Prescribing Information (PDF). Older people, particularly those over 65, are most likely to have severe kidney problems from Farxiga.
FDA Issues Farxiga Kidney Warnings
In December 2015, the FDA warned about reports of severe urinary tract infections that spread to the kidneys, causing a life-threatening kidney infection known as pyelonephritis. All of the patients were hospitalized and several needed dialysis or treatment for kidney failure.
Farxiga and Kidney Stones
About 10% of people with diabetes develop kidney stones, which are solid masses that are formed in the kidneys from minerals in urine. Although Farxiga increases excretion of uric acid, it also significantly dilutes urine and increases flow-rate, making the formation of kidney stones less likely.
Kidney failure, also known as end-stage renal disease (ERSD), occurs when the kidneys have less than 15% of their normal function and do not work well enough for day-to-day life. There is no cure for kidney failure and they only treatments are dialysis or a kidney transplant. The symptoms of kidney failure may include:
- Generally feeling sick and tired
- Itching and dry skin
- Loss of appetite
- And more
Kidney Failure Lawsuits
A growing number of lawsuits have been filed by people who developed kidney failure after taking diabetes drugs in the SGLT2 inhibitor class. The first lawsuits were filed against Janssen Pharmaceuticals by people who used Invokana. They accuse drug-makers of failing to adequately warn about the risk of kidney side effects.
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