Have you experienced any difficulties with your health since receiving the medication GranuFlo during a recent dialysis treatment? GranuFlo and a related preparation NaturaLyte are causing grave complications in dialysis patients. The St. Louis law practice of David Grebel Law Firm is experienced in handling such cases and following them to a satisfactory conclusion for clients who received the medication GranuFlo during dialysis therapy.
Patients receiving the medical treatment of dialysis for renal problems generally require that regular procedure to rid their bodies of impurities which the body would otherwise eliminate on its own through its properly functioning kidneys. Often, the dialysis treatment incorporates the medications GranuFlo or NaturaLyte, comparable drugs, as part of the total treatment. However, as a result of receiving dialysis involving these drugs, certain patients have recently developed a condition of bicarbonate overdose, or metabolic alkalosis related to the use of these two compounds GranuFlo or NaturaLyte. This dangerous overdose condition can cause heart attack, cardiac distress or arrest, blood pressure drops or stroke, among other conditions. In its extreme manifestation, the condition has been known to cause death.
Bicarbonate Overdose: Who’s Most at Risk
Patients known to have issues with overdose of bicarbonate are at risk. Diabetic patients receiving dialysis are also at risk. Patients who have used steroid treatments for medical conditions are also at risk of complications.
Findings behind the recent Class 1 recall of GranuFlo® and NaturaLyte® point to the dialysis risks of metabolic alkalosis—or high bicarbonate levels.
Because of the known ability of the substances GranuFlo and its companion substance NaturaLyte to cause risks to dialysis patients, a Class 1 recall has been issued precluding the use of these dangerous substances until further investigation into the process can yield more answers.
Here’s more pertinent information about the difficulties patients have experienced from being subjected to GranuFlo or NaturaLyte during dialysis treatments:
- Both implicated substances GranuFlo and NaturaLyte contain sodium diacetate. This substance is known to increase bicarbonate beyond the recommended safe level in the body.
- Metabolic alkalosis, the name for high bicarbonate levels, can result in cardiac arrest, stroke, low blood pressure, heart attack, and even death.
- All patients who are undergoing treatment are known to possess greater dialysis risks when their treatment includes the use of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte. Additionally, some patients are thought to be more susceptible to increased bicarbonate levels, which can cause a bicarbonate overdose.
- This condition can further impact patients with diabetes, complicating the dialysis risks that commonly plague dialysis patients who also happen to suffer from diabetes.
Diabetic Patients - Diabetics, who are already known to be vulnerable to a number of dialysis risks, are more likely to suffer heart failure or cardiac arrest from both increased bicarbonate levels and low concentrations of homoarginine. Having a low ability to tolerate dialysis can complicate glycemic control by affecting operations of insulin in the system.
This is further complicated by the reality that patients suffering from diabetes can also experience additional medical issues which should be monitored during dialysis. These additional dialysis risks compound the problems of dialysis for diabetics.
Patients with Elevated Bicarbonate Levels - Patients who start dialysis with elevated bicarbonate levels are more at risk of further increased bicarbonate levels resulting from improperly mixed dialysate.
If you are in the St. Louis, Missouri area and have developed these dangerous bicarbonate overdose conditions, contact the Grebel Law Firm for information about pursuing a claim against the makers of the drug or the medical professionals responsible for administering one of the dangerous or defective drugs. The professional staff at the Grebel Law Firm can assist you in evaluating your claim and pursuing appropriate remedies.