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By Jim Adler July 7, 2015

Tragically, many Americans suffer from diabetic ketoacidosis, also known as DKA or ketosis, a dangerous condition that is a known side effect of type 2 diabetes drugs such as Invokana. If you or a loved one is suffering from diabetic ketoacidosis as a result of taking Invokana or other SGLT2 inhibitor drugs, you should consider filing a defective drug lawsuit against the manufacturer.

What Is Diabetic Ketoacidosis?

Diabetic ketoacidosis, occurs when the body fails to produce enough insulin, which it needs for glucose (sugar) to enter cells and give energy to tissues and muscles. When insulin is insufficient, the body compensates by breaking down fat as a source of energy, which releases toxic acid waste products, or ketones, into the blood and urine.

When a large amount of ketones are in the body and the toxic acids have accumulated in the bloodstream, ketoacidosis can occur. These dangerous levels of blood acids can lead to sustained hospitalization, a diabetic coma or even death.

Ketoacidosis Symptoms

In the FDA warning of its FDA Safety Communication, the federal agency advised patients to “pay close attention for any signs or symptoms of acidosis such as difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, stomach pain, confusion and unusual fatigue or sleepiness. Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.”

Other symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis can include:

  • flushed face
  • Dry mouth
  • Dry skin
  • Fruity smell to the breath
  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination for one day or more
  • Headache
  • Loss of consciousness

Ketoacidosis Treatments

Fortunately, there are several ketoacidosis treatments available, including insulin therapy, fluid replacement and electrolyte replacement.

Most sufferers will need to be hospitalized. The may need intravenous (IV) fluids for dehydration as well as insulin to assist in restoring ketone levels to normalcy. The proper blood chemistry also can be gained by providing electrolytes such as potassium, sodium and chloride.

Get a Defective Drug Lawyer

If you or a family member suffered ketoacidosis or another side effect of SGLT2 drugs, contact a defective drug lawyer at Jim Adler & Associates. We’ll quickly provide you with a free legal review of your case, then advise you of your prospects for a successful SGLT2 drug lawsuit or Invokana lawsuit.

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