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Invokana Bone Fractures

Invokana Bone Fractures

Invokana can increase the risk of bone fractures and decrease bone mineral density in as little as 12 weeks. In many cases, patients experienced fractures after minor injuries or falls.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Invokana induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with 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.

What is the problem?

September 10, 2015 — The FDA updated the Warnings & Precautions for Invokana to include bone fractures. Loss of bone mineral density can occur in as little as 12 weeks on Invokana, according to the Safety Communication.

Bone Fractures Occur After Minor Injuries

The fractures usually occurred after minor injuries, such as falls from a standing height. Most of the fractures affected the arms, according to the FDA. In clinical trials, patients on higher doses of Invokana were more likely to have bone fractures.

Invokana Linked to Loss of Bone Density in Hip and Spine

One study involving 714 elderly patients who took Invokana for two years showed significant decreases in bone mineral density in the hip and lower spine. Patients on 100-mg doses had 0.9% less bone mass density in the hip and 0.3% less in the lower spine. Patients on 300-mg doses had 0.9% less bone mass density in the hip, and 1.2% less in the lower spine.

What is a Bone Fracture?

Fractures occur when a bone breaks or cracks. The bones can bend slightly, but like a plastic ruler, they will snap if enough force is applied. It is much easier to break the bones of a person who has brittle bones due to osteoporosis or decreased bone mineral density.

Types of Bone Fractures

There are many types of bone fractures, but they can be generally categorizes as follows:

  • Displaced: The pieces of the broken bone have moved and do not align properly.
  • Non-displaced: The bone has cracked or broken, but maintains proper alignment.
  • Closed fracture: Also known as a “simple fracture,” the broken bone is inside the body and does not pierce the skin.
  • Open fracture: This serious type of fracture occurs when the bone pieces through the skin and protrudes outside the body. Deep bone infections can lead to amputation of a limb or even death.

Complications

Some people go into shock after a bone fracture. This life-threatening medical emergency is a state of physical shut-down that occurs when organs do not get enough blood and oxygen. Symptoms may include fainting, rapid heartbeat, sweating, pale skin, rapid breathing, and more.

Diagnosis

Bone fractures can usually be diagnosed with a physical exam and an X-ray. However, X-rays do not always show a fracture — especially older patients with hip or wrist fractures. For these patients, a CT scan may be necessary to diagnose the fracture.

Treatment

A broken bone will heal on its own whether it is in the correct position or not. For the best outcome, the bone must be aligned properly and immobilized by a cast, splint, or traction for several weeks. The muscles atrophy during this time, which is why complete recovery can take months.

Do I have an Invokana Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Invokana induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with 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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