Side Effects of Mounjaro and Ozempic Lead to Hospitalization and Lawsuit
In August 2023, patients who experienced serious side effects while taking Ozempic and Mounjaro began filing lawsuits against the drug’s manufacturers, Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly.
According to one complaint, a 44-year-old woman from Louisiana was prescribed Ozempic by her doctor before being moved to Mounjaro. In her lawsuit, she alleges both drugs caused her to experience severe gastrointestinal events. These included excessive vomiting and extreme stomach pain. As a result, the woman was hospitalized multiple. She also claims to have lost teeth due to the vomiting.
Users also reported gastroparesis, also called stomach paralysis. This condition causes food to move too slowly or even stop in the stomach, resulting in symptoms like those experienced by the Louisiana plaintiff.
In the lawsuits, the plaintiffs allege that neither Novo Nordisk nor Eli Lilly disclosed any risk of side effects similar to those they experienced. The lawsuits accuse the manufacturers of inadequate warning, failure to warn, and breach of warranty.
Aren’t Ozempic and Mounjaro Approved by the FDA and Safe to Use?
While it is true that both Ozempic and Mounjaro are approved to treat diabetes, this does not mean they are free from side effects and possible health risks. This is why drugs carry detailed product labels and warnings addressing possible adverse events and health risks.
The lawsuits claim the manufacturers Ozempic and Mounjaro did not fully address the health risks associated with the drugs.
Additionally, both drugs have seen increased off-label use as a weight loss drug. This occurs when a doctor prescribes a drug for a condition other than those that the drug has been approved. In fact, a commercial for Ozempic noted that some users could lose weight while taking the drug.
The resulting boom in off-label use has gone viral on social media, with an estimated 15% of Americans having taken Ozempic. As of April 2023, doctors were writing 60,000 new prescriptions for Ozempic every week.
What is Gastroparesis?
Gastroparesis is a health disorder that slows or stops the movement of food from your stomach to your small intestine. The disorder occurs when there is no blockage in the stomach or intestine. Instead, the slowing or stoppage is caused by changes in the normal spontaneous movement of the muscles in your stomach.
As a result, affected individuals may experience:
- Severe abdominal pain
- Abdominal bloating
- Loss of appetite
- Acid reflux
- Weight loss
What if You’ve Experienced Adverse Effects While Using Mounjaro or Ozempic?
If you’ve encountered issues such as gastroparesis or stomach paralysis while taking Ozempic or Mounjaro, reach out to Thomas J. Henry for a free case evaluation.
For 30 years, Thomas J. Henry has been a dedicated advocate for individuals who have suffered injuries in cases involving personal injury and product liability. During this time, Thomas J. Henry has built a reputation for his firm’s unwavering commitment to clients and his ability to litigate against large corporations, including Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies.
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