The FDA has update the label on Invokana to include warnings about too much acid in the bloodstream (ketoacidosis) and serious urinary tract infections.
In a Safety Communication issued on December 4, 2015, the FDA added new warnings for type-2 diabetes drugs in the sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) class.
According to the FDA, patients on Invokana should stop taking it and seek medical attention immediately if they have any symptoms of ketoacidosis, a condition in which the body produces too much blood-acids called ketones.
Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis:
- Abdominal pain
- Trouble breathing
The FDA warns that ketoacidosis associated with Invokana can occur even when blood-sugar levels are not very high. The agency previously warned about the risk in May 2015, after receiving 73 reports of ketoacidosis in patients on SGLT2 inhibitors since March 2013. According to the FDA:
“All patients required hospitalization or treatment in an emergency department. In many cases, ketoacidosis was not immediately recognized because the blood glucose levels were below those typically expected for diabetic ketoacidosis. As a result, treatment of the ketoacidosis was delayed in some cases.”
The FDA also said patients should be vigilant for symptoms of a urinary tract infection, such as a burning sensation when urinating, frequent urination, pain in the lower part of the stomach or pelvis, fever, and blood in the urine.
The agency identified 19 cases of life-threatening blood infections (urosepsis) and kidney infections (pyelonephritis) that began as urinary tract infections between March 2013 and October 2014. All of the patients were hospitalized and some needed intensive care or dialysis due to kidney failure.
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