DIABETES MEDICATION JANUVIA CAN LEAD TO FATAL PANCREAS DISORDER
Januvia (sitagliptin) is a pharmaceutical drug prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes. Januvia and Janumet (a combination sitagliptin and metformin drug) are manufactured by Merck and was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006. With exercise and diet, Januvia helps regulate blood sugar levels.
Januvia is a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor, which allows GLP and GIP hormones to function more effectively. In effect, these hormones cause blood sugar levels to be reduced.
Side effects of Januvia include:
- Weight gain
- Shortness of breath
- Urinating less than usual
- Loss of appetite
DPP-4 INHIBITORS, JANUVIA MAY CAUSE SEVERE JOINT PAIN
In 2015, the FDA issued a warning that type 2 diabetes medications, such as sitagliptin, saxagliptin, linagliptin, and alogliptin, may cause severe and disabling joint pain. In response, all DPP-4 inhibitors now require a warning on their medication label regarding the risk. Some instances of pain started day one after starting the treatment.
FDA WARNS JANUVIA MAY CAUSE SEVERE PANCREATITIS
In 2009, the FDA warned that DPP-4 inhibitor class of diabetes medications could increase the risk of developing acute pancreatitis. In addition, there were cases of severe pancreatitis reported to the FDA in which necrotizing pancreatitis or hemorrhagic pancreatitis was present. Symptoms of pancreatitis that patients should watch for include:
- Persistent abdominal pain
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED PHARMACEUTICAL LITIGATION ATTORNEY
Diabetes medications are prescribed to help people treat a very serious condition. The last thing that people should expect is to be further injured or maligned after taking a drug — especially a drug that they were told would be safe to consume. Americans suffer life-changing and fatal injuries and illnesses due to the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs each year. Diabetes medications are not immune from this charge. Patients taking these medications have been diagnosed with various cancers, vital organ infections, and other severe results of side effects.
If you or a loved one has been injured after taking Januvia, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced dangerous drug attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to hear your claim. Let us give you a free case consultation and determine if you may be entitled to compensation for your damages.