Invokana is also known as canagliflozin and is an oral medication that helps control blood sugar levels. It works by helping the kidneys purge glucose from the bloodstream through the urine and is often prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes. The drug is made by leading manufacturers such as AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Boehringer Ingelheim.
Common and mostly harmless side effects that can occur with Invokana are having to urinate frequently, dry mouth, dizziness (especially when standing up), and lightheadedness. Taking this medication can also lead to yeast infections in the men or women. Patients with previous yeast infections are more likely to suffer this side effects, as well as uncircumcised men. Those who experience a yeast infection after taking the medication should consult a doctor right away.
Patients who are already suffering from some form of kidney disease or who are undergoing dialysis can suffer serious complications from taking Invokana. A few of the complications resulting from patients taking the drug include kidney failure, nerve damage, blindness, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and a range of other major health problems.
Lawsuits allege the manufacturers failed to properly warn doctors and their patients of the elevated risks associated with the drug so they could make an informed decision. The allegations state that if the manufacturers and their marketers had properly warned the public of the risks, patients could have been prescribed a different yet equally effective medication or would have more closely monitored their own health. Some of the worst side effects from Invokana include:
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