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Urosepsis Lawsuit

Urosepsis Lawsuit

Urosepsis is a life-threatening bloodstream infection that can occur in patients who develop urinary infections. Unfortunately, infections are the most common side effect of Invokana and similar diabetes drugs.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

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

Diabetes drugs in the SGLT2 inhibitor class control blood-sugar levels by removing sugar from the body in urine. Patients urinate more often and their urine is more sugary. This promotes the growth of bacteria and commonly causes urinary infections. In some cases, infections spread to the bloodstream and cause urosepsis.

FDA Warning

The FDA issued a Safety Communication in December 2015 after receiving 19 reports of patients on SGLT2 inhibitors who developed urosepsis or pyelonephritis (kidney infections). The agency recommended:

“Patients should also be alert for signs and symptoms of a urinary tract infection, such as a feeling of burning when urinating or the need to urinate often or right away; pain in the lower part of the stomach area or pelvis; fever; or blood in the urine.”

List of SGLT2 Inhibitors

What is Urosepsis?

Urosepsis almost always occurs when bacteria from a severe urinary tract infection (UTI) get into the bloodstream and cause a whole-body inflammatory reaction called sepsis. In many cases, the infection is antibiotic-resistant and hard to treat.

Symptoms of Urosepsis

  • High fever
  • Low body temperature (chills)
  • Fatigue
  • Fast breathing
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Painful urination
  • Trouble urinating
  • Frequent urination with very little output
  • Abdominal pain

Risk-Factors for Urosepsis

Risk-factors for urosepsis include diabetes, long-term catheter use, older age, and underlying medical conditions that suppress the immune system. Patients who need catheters in hospitals or long-term care facilities are also more likely to develop antibiotic-resistant UTIs that lead to urosepsis.

Septic Shock

In severe cases of urosepsis, patients go into septic shock and experience a massive drop in blood pressure. This cuts off circulation to vital organs and can cause multi-organ system failure or even death.

Treatment

Patients with urosepsis must be hospitalized for treatment. They will typically receive intravenous (IV) antibiotics, fluids, and medications to decrease inflammation, raise blood pressure, and control complications. In some cases, patients may need endoscopic and/or surgical intervention.

Do I have a Urosepsis Lawsuit?

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