Are You at Risk for Ketoacidosis If You Are Taking Invokana?

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Are You at Risk for Ketoacidosis If You Are Taking Invokana?

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine last year found that Invokana and diabetes drugs like Invokana could double the risk of ketoacidosis for patients. The study compared diabetic patients who utilized a DPP-4 inhibitor versus diabetic patients using SGLT2 inhibitors like Invokana. One of the study’s authors admitted that the doubled risk “sounds frightening.” The risk of ketoacidosis totaled five to eight patients out of every 1,000 patients taking an SGLT2 inhibitor.  

In addition, the study’s lead author also stated that the development of ketoacidosis could occur quickly. He advises that it is important to monitor patients on SGLT2 inhibitors like Invokana closely. SGLT2 inhibitors force your kidneys to remove sugar from your body through your urine to help control blood-sugar. By comparison, DPP-4 inhibitors help control blood-sugar by blocking hormones to reduce the amount of glucose in your blood.

What is Diabetic Ketoacidosis?

DKA or diabetic ketoacidosis develops when your body has toxic acidic waste (ketones) in your urine and blood. It is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical intervention to prevent serious complications including:

  • Blood clots
  • Kidney failure
  • Heart attacks
  • Coma
  • Extremely low blood pressure
  • Cerebral edema
  • Death

Typically, diabetic ketoacidosis is treated with intravenous insulin to return ketone levels back to a normal range. . In many cases, the patient will also receive fluids through an IV to treat dehydration. If you experience any symptoms of signs of diabetic ketoacidosis, you need to seek immediate medical attention.  Some of the common symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis include:

  • Fruity-scented breath
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Excessive thirst
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Frequent urination
  • Abdominal pain

Therefore, if you experience any of the above symptoms when you are taking Invokana or other diabetic medication, call your doctor’s office. Also, if you monitor your blood sugar level at home and the level is not within range and does not respond to treatment, contact your doctor immediately or go to the emergency room. As always, if you feel ill or you believe something could be wrong, it is usually better to err on the side of caution and seek emergency care if you cannot reach your doctor for advice.

Do I Have an Invokana Lawsuit?

The U.S.  Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated the labels on SGLT2 inhibitor medications to include a warning about ketoacidosis in December 2015. According to the FDA’s Safety Communication, diabetic ketoacidosis is typically associated with type-1 diabetes, but the condition has been reported in patients with type-2 diabetes.

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