The type-2 diabetes drug Invokana has been linked to over 50 reports of kidney problems during its first year on the market. The manufacturer warns against using Invokana if you have serious kidney problems.
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Invokana and Kidney Failure
Invokana belongs to a class of drugs that treat diabetes by blocking sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2), a key protein in the kidneys. Invokana blocks the reabsorption of glucose in the kidneys and increases the amount of glucose that is excreted by the kidneys in urine.
Some experts warn that kidney problems are not a surprising side effect of Invokana because it relies so heavily on the kidneys. Kidney problems also tend to worsen the longer a patient has type-2 diabetes. Any nephrotoxic side effects of Invokana could exacerbate other kidney problems and seriously limit its usefulness as a late-stage therapy for diabetes.
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Invokana, warns:
- Do not take Invokana if you have severe kidney problems or are on dialysis.
- Before you take Invokana, tell your doctor if you have kidney problems.
- Invokana may cause serious side effects, including kidney problems.
FDA Safety Warning
In December 2015, the FDA updated the Warnings & Precautions for Invokana to include new warnings about severe urinary tract infections that can lead to kidney failure. The agency received 19 reports of patients who were hospitalized with life-threatening blood infections (urosepsis) and kidney infections (pyelonephritis) that started as urinary tract infections. A few required intensive care or dialysis to treat kidney failure.
Reports of Kidney Failure from Invokana
The Institute for Safety Medication Practices (ISMP), a consumer advocacy group, reviewed the FDA database of adverse events and found 457 reports of patients who had severe side effects after taking Invokana during its first 12 months on the market. Of these events, 54 involved kidney failure or impairment. Click here to read more.
Invokana Kidney Failure Lawsuits
- Lawsuit (PDF) was filed on February 29 by a woman from California who was hospitalized due to acute kidney injury and kidney failure.
- Lawsuit (PDF) filed in Illinois on October 28, 2015 (Case No 3:15-cv-01195) by a man who was diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis after taking Invokana.
- Lawsuit (PDF) filed on December 14, 2015 (Case No. 2:15-cv-02799) by a man from Tennessee who started taking Invokana in November 2013 and developed kidney failure.
Diabetes and Kidney Failure
Diabetes is the primary cause of chronic kidney disease, accounting for 38% of all cases in the United States in 2012. Another common cause is high blood pressure (25%), which is another common complication of diabetes. Over time, blood vessels in the kidneys are damaged and the organ stops functioning.
What is Kidney Failure?
Kidney failure occurs when the kidneys (two bean-shaped organs in the abdomen) are no longer able to remove excess wastes and fluids from the body.
Symptoms of Renal Impairment
- Loss of appetite
- General ill feeling and fatigue
- Itching and dry skin
- Unintended weight-loss
Treatment & Prognosis
There is no cure for kidney failure except an organ transplant. Unfortunately, because there is a long waiting list for transplants, many patients must undergo dialysis. This involves mechanically removing a patient’s blood and cleaning it before returning the blood to the patient’s body.
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