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Trenton, NJMore Invokana lawsuits have been filed by plaintiffs alleging they were not warned about the risk of potential Invokana side effects and were harmed as a result of using the drug. Lawsuits have been filed against the maker of the drug in both the United States and Canada, by patients who say the drug is unreasonably dangerous.

According to court documents, one such lawsuit was filed in New Jersey by Maria and Carlos Puente. In October 2013, Maria began taking diabetes medication - known as an SGLT2 inhibitor - Invokana, but only took the drug for a month. In that short time, Maria suffered diabetic ketoacidosis and severe kidney damage. Ketoacidosis is a serious condition in which the patient’s blood has dangerously high levels of acidity. The American Diabetes Association warns that diabetic ketoacidosis can lead to diabetic coma or death. Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis can reportedly develop quickly, giving patients little time to react.

Maria argues that she would not have taken Invokana if she had known all the risks associated with the drug. The lawsuit alleges that Janssen Pharmaceuticals - a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson - negligently marketed and sold Invokana without proper warnings about the unreasonably dangerous risks.

“The development of Plaintiff’s injuries was preventable and resulted directly from Defendants’ failure and refusal to conduct proper safety studies, failure to properly assess and publicize alarming safety signals, suppression of information revealing serious and life-threatening risks, willful and wanton failure to provide adequate instructions, and willful misrepresentations concerning the nature and safety of INVOKANA [capitals in original],” the lawsuit alleges.

Maria says she has suffered severe and permanent physical and emotional injuries, and suffered financially due to significant costs associated with medical care.

Similar lawsuits have been filed in Canada, where patients say they, too, were harmed by the use of Invokana and were not warned about the potential risks. A lawsuit seeking $1 billion on behalf of Canadians affected by Invokana was filed in Ontario. That lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed on behalf of a woman who used Invokana for eight months and was later diagnosed with kidney failure.

In December 2015, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about the risk of ketoacidosis in patients taking Invokana. Other drugs in the SGLT2 class were included in the warning. At the time, the FDA urged doctors to consider patient history that may predispose the patient to ketoacidosis before prescribing drugs in that class.

The Puente lawsuit is Maria Puente and Carlos Puente, v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., et al, case number 3:15-cv-08070, in US District Court, District of New Jersey.

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in march of this yr.2016 my doctor put me on Invokana, i'm just reading all this now,in march when i started it i got the flu so i couldn't keep anything down for 3 weeks so stopped it ,started taking it again after i was better,then i thought it was making me sick so stopped it to see if it was it, it wasn't,so I've started it again back on it ,my ? is should i stop taking it all together

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Awesome. In June of 2015, it was discovered that I had type 2 diabetes. By the end of the month, June 26th to be exact, I was given a prescription for Metformin. Under the direction of my doctor, I stated the ADA diet and followed it completely for several weeks but was unable to get my blood sugar below 140. With no results to how for my hard work, I panicked and called my doctor. His response? Deal with it. With was then that I began to feel that something wasn’t right and began to do my own research. It was through that research that I found Rachel’s blogmyhealthlives.com . I read it from cover to cover that same day. That day, I started the diet and by the next morning, my blood sugar was 100. The next day, it read in the 90s for the first time since I was diagnosed. Since then, I have a fasting reading between the mid 70s and 80s. My doctor was so surprised at the results that, the next week, he took me off the Metformin. Then I lost 30 pounds in the first month. Since that first day, I have lost more than 6 inches off my waist because I’m able to work out twice a day while still having lots of energy.

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