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Farxiga Kidney Failure Lawsuit

Farxiga Kidney Failure Lawsuit

Farxiga helps remove sugar from the body through the kidneys and urine. Unfortunately, it may also increase a patient’s risk of side effects like kidney failure. Recent lawsuits accuse drug-makers of failing to adequately warn about these risks.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Farxiga induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with kidney failure or ketoacidosis, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Overview

The kidneys are two organs that are primarily responsible for filtering the blood and removing wastes and excess water in urine. Kidney failure occurs when the kidneys perform 15% or less of their normal function.

Farxiga and Kidney Failure

Farxiga relies on the kidneys to work. It belongs to a class of diabetes drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors, which prevent the kidneys from reabsorbing glucose. Farxiga also forces the kidneys to excrete more glucose in urine.

People with diabetes are more likely to experience kidney problems. About 10% develop painful kidney stones. Many people also develop nephropathy, which is when the kidneys are damaged over many years due to excess sugar in the bloodstream.

Because Farxiga increases the amount of sugar processed by the kidneys, many experts are concerned it could further increase these risks. According to the Prescribing Information (PDF), kidney function should be tested before starting Farxiga and routinely afterward. Farxiga is not recommended for people with moderate or severe kidney disease, especially those over 65 years old.

Does Farxiga Cause Kidney Problems?

In December 2015, the FDA warned about 19 reports of patients on SGLT2 inhibitors who developed kidney infections or sepsis, including some who needed dialysis for kidney failure. The label on Farxiga has been updated to include these risks.

Infections and Kidney Failure

Urinary infections from Farxiga can spread to the bloodstream and cause sepsis, a life-threatening reaction that can cut off blood to the kidneys and cause acute kidney failure. Bacterial infections in the kidneys can also cause permanent scarring and chronic kidney disease.

Dehydration and Kidney Failure

Farxiga is a diuretic, which means it increases the frequency and amount of urination. Patients who do not drink enough water to replace lost fluids can easily become dehydrated. This can decrease blood-volume and blood pressure, which makes it harder for the kidneys to do their job.

Farxiga and Kidney Injury

In June 2016, the FDA strengthened warnings about acute kidney injury from Farxiga. The agency received 101 confirmed cases of acute kidney injury from March 2013, when Invokana was approved, until October 2015.

Common Medications Increase Risk of Kidney Injury

Risk-factors for acute kidney injury include dehydration, decreased blood volume, chronic kidney insufficiency, congestive heart failure. Medications like diuretics, blood pressure drugs (ARBs and ACE inhibitors), and NSAID painkillers like ibuprofen also increase the risk of kidney injury.

Warning Signs & Symptoms of Kidney Failure

  • Kidney pain
  • Skin is itchy and dry
  • Feeling sick all the time
  • Tiredness and weakness
  • Weight-loss and lack of appetite
  • Confusion
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • And more

Kidney Failure Lawsuits

Pharmaceutical companies are now facing a growing number of kidney failure lawsuits from people who took diabetes drugs in the SGLT2 inhibitor class. These lawsuits accuse drug-makers of selling unsafe medications. The first lawsuits were filed in 2015 against Janssen Pharmaceuticals, manufacturer of Invokana.

Do I have a Farxiga Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Farxiga induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with kidney failure or ketoacidosis, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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