Jardiance helps control blood-sugar levels by forcing the kidneys to remove more sugar from the body in urine. However, it may also increase the risk of kidney failure.
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The kidneys are responsible for filtering wastes from the blood. However, when the blood contains too much sugar, delicate structures inside the kidneys are damaged. This is why people with long-term diabetes often develop kidney problems (called nephropathy).
Jardiance and Kidney Problems
Jardiance relies on the kidneys to work, which is why it is not recommended for patients with moderate to severe kidney problems. Patients over 65 years old and those with mild renal impairment also have a higher risk of dehydration, which can lead to kidney problems. Patients on Jardiance should have their kidney function monitored during treatment, according to the Prescribing Information (PDF).
Dehydration May Increase Kidney Risks
Dehydration is a severe side effect of Jardiance that occurs when excessive urination reduces the amount of fluid and minerals in the body. This can cause low blood pressure (hypotension) and decrease the amount of blood in the body, which makes it hard for the kidneys to do their job.
Bad Infections Can Lead to Kidney Failure
The FDA has issued several warnings about side effects of Jardiance. The agency received repots of patients who developed severe urinary tract infections that spread to the kidneys and caused kidney failure.
Like dehydration, bad infections (urosepsis) can cause a sudden drop in blood-flow to the kidneys and cause kidney failure. The FDA has received reports of patients who needed dialysis after developing kidney failure from diabetes drugs like Jaridance.
What is Kidney Failure?
Kidney failure occurs when the kidneys perform less than 15% of their normal function. Treatments typically include dialysis or a kidney transplant, but the waiting list for healthy donor organs is very long.
Kidney damage can begin 5-10 years before symptoms appear. As kidney function deteriorates, the following symptoms of kidney failure may appear:
- Problems concentrating
- Poor appetite and weight-loss
- Swollen feet/ankles
- Itching and dry, scaly skin
- Nausea and vomiting
- Decreased appetite and weight-loss
- Fluid retention
- Generally feeling sick and tired
Kidney Failure Lawsuits
Lawsuits have already been filed by people who developed kidney failure after taking Invokana, a diabetes drug that works in the same way as Jardiance. These lawsuits accuse drug-makers of selling dangerous medications and failing to adequately warn patients about the risk of side effects.
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