Synjardy is a diabetes drug that removes sugar from the body in urine. Unfortunatley, the FDA warns it could increase the risk of severe, life-threatening side effects.
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What is Synjardy?
Synjardy is a combination of empagliflozin (Jardiance) and metformin — two medicines that work in different ways to help adults with type-2 diabetes control blood-sugar levels. Synjardy is sold by Eli Lilly & Co. and Boehringer Ingelheim. It was approved by the FDA on August 27, 2015. For more information:
How Does Synjardy Work?
Empagliflozin is a diuretic that reduces blood-sugar levels by helping the kidneys remove excess glucose (sugar) from the body in urine. Metformin improves sensitivity to insulin, decreases the amount of glucose absorbed from food and released by the liver.
Snyjardy Side Effects
- Diabetic ketoacidosis
- Kidney infections
- Kidney failure
- Urinary tract infections
What is the problem?
In December 2015, the FDA added warnings to the label on Synjardy about the risk of too much acid in the blood (diabetic ketoacidosis) and severe urinary tract infections.
The agency has received 73 reports of ketoacidosis in patients on diabetes medications in the SGLT2 inhibitor class. According to the FDA, ketoacidosis can happen even if your blood-sugar is less than 250 mg/dL or only mildly elevated.
Synjardy and Kidney Failure
People with kidney problems should not take Synjardy, according to the manufacturer. The problem is that Snyjardy relies on the kidneys to remove extra sugar from the body. When the kidneys are over-worked, delicate filtration structures are damaged.
Having diabetes increases your risk of kidney problems (called diabetic nephropathy), which is why any medications with kidney side effects should be used with caution.
The FDA has also warned that Synjardy can lead to kidney failure as a result of pyelonephritis — kidney infections that began as urinary tract infections. Infections and dehydration are two of the most common side effects of Synjardy, and both can lead to kidney failure.
What is Ketoacidosis?
Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA), also known as metabolic acidosis, is a medical emergency that occurs when the blood produces high levels of blood-acids called ketones, which causes the blood to become too acidic.
What Causes Ketoacidosis?
DKA develops when there is no insulin or the body can’t produce enough insulin to use glucose (sugar) from food as a source of energy. As a result, the body starts breaking down fat, which releases fatty-acids into the bloodstream. The liver converts fatty-acids into acidic toxins called ketones. You can check ketone levels at home with a urine dipstick.
Symptoms of Diabetic Acidosis
Diabetic acidosis can occur in less than 24 hours. You should stop taking Synjardy and call your doctor right away if you get symptoms of ketoacidosis, such as:
- Stomach-area (abdominal pain)
- Trouble breathing
- Frequent urination or excessive thirst
- Decreased alertness
- Dehydration (dry skin and mouth)
What is the problem?
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm in Texas. However, our attorneys are not filing a Synjardy class action at this time. Instead, we are pursuing individual lawsuits against drug-makers on behalf of people who were injured by severe side effects like ketoacidosis. Lawsuits have already been filed by people who developed ketoacidosis after taking an SGLT2 inhibitor, but these cases are not part of a class action — they are individual lawsuits.
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