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What are the dangers of the diabetes drug Invokana?

It's bad enough to suffer from diabetes, but what if the medication your doctor prescribes you to overcome the symptoms of diabetes makes you even sicker? That's what could happen with the dangerous drug Invokana. According to information from two clinical trials, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), determined that Invokana -- also known as canagliflozin, Invokamet and Invokamet XR -- increases the chances that diabetes patients will need to have foot or leg amputations.

The drug, used to treat type 2 diabetes, is so dangerous that the FDA has asked patients who are taking the medication to notify their doctors in the event that they develop infections, ulcers or sores in their feet or legs. The FDA also asked patients to notify their medical providers of any concerns they may have about taking the medication, and that they should not simply stop taking the drug without first discussing the matter with their doctors.

On the surface, canagliflozin and Invokana appear to be excellent medications to help patients deal with the blood sugar imbalances associated with type 2 diabetes. Nevertheless, the frightening risk of amputation is particularly concerning.

According to the FDA, the risk of amputations in patients who take the drug are as follows:

  • 5.9 to 7.9 out of 1,000 patients taking canagliflozin suffered amputations during clinical trials depending on the type of illness treated.
  • 2.8 to 4.2 out of 1,000 patients taking placebo suffered amputations during clinical trials depending on the type of illness treated.

To reduce the risk of needing an amputation, patients might want to avoid this potentially dangerous diabetes drug at all costs. However, they should first discuss the cessation of taking the drug with their medical providers.

If you have been taking Ivokana or canagliflozin, and you have suffered an amputation, you might want to consider whether you have a viable claim to pursue financial damages in court. A better understanding of your legal rights under California personal injury law will help you assess your potential lawsuit in this regard.

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