The FDA has issued a warning on a new class of diabetes medications called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2). This new class of drug was approved for use in 2013 and treats type-2 diabetes by stimulating the kidneys into releasing more sugar from blood into urine. Drugs of this type include: Invokana, Invokamet, Farxiga, Xigduo XR, Jardiance, and Glyxambi.
The FDA has received at least 20 reports of these types of drugs allegedly triggering a condition known as ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis happen when too many acids, known at ketones, build up in the blood stream. The condition can cause difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, confusion, and fatigue or sleepiness. If left untreated, ketoacidosis can also cause diabetic coma or even death.
What Can I Do If I’m Taking One of These Diabetes Drugs?
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above and you happen to take any of the SGLT2 medications mentioned, contact your doctor. The side-effects that SGLT2 drugs may cause can be very dangerous, and if you have been hurt or a loved one has died as a result of one of these side-effects, you need to speak to a lawyer immediately.
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