Results of post-marketing studies performed on the type 2 diabetes drug Invokana (generic: canagliflozin) identified a significantly increased risk of heart attack in patients who took the medication during their first 30 days of treatment.
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What’s the Problem?
During the trials, several Invokana users suddenly developed heart attacks or strokes within the first 30 days of treatment. After the 30-day period passed, the risk factors suddenly and inexplicably leveled out. The study’s authors were unable to determine exactly why this occurred, although it is well understood that diabetes medications can increase patients’ cholesterol levels, which can lead to heart problems.
Despite the fact that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a public safety warning regarding Invokana, and has required manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceuticals to update the medicine’s warning label, the agency has made no mention of the heart attack risk associated with the drug.
According to The New York Times, “The label of the drug includes no warnings about heart attacks or strokes. …The FDA is requiring Johnson & Johnson to conduct five post-marketing studies, including a clinical trial to determine more definitively if the drug increases those risks.”
While the complete results from these trials have yet to be published, medical professionals are asking that all patients taking Invokana or other SGLT2 inhibitor diabetes drugs watch for symptoms of an impending heart attack, which may include:
- Arm, jaw, neck, chest and shoulder pain
- Nausea / vomiting
- Difficulty breathing
Invokana users are asked to remain extra cautious while looking for symptoms during the first 30 days of treatment, due to the study results which highlighted this as a particularly high-risk time. Patients experiencing any of these symptoms should contact their doctor immediately.
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