Diabetes is a debilitating disease that has to be carefully managed to prevent the development of even more serious health complications. Successful treatment requires close cooperation with your doctor, whom you trust to give you the best advice for managing your health.
You certainly don’t expect that drugs promising to save your life and improve your health may actually increase your chances of developing life-threatening diseases. In many cases, your doctor may have recommended these drugs without knowing of their potentially fatal consequences.
The popular diabetes drugs Januvia and Byetta have been taken by millions of people around the world, yet recent research has shown that they may be linked to an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, and that Byetta may be linked to an increased risk of thyroid cancer.
The 2011 Gastroenterology study looked at information from the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System from 2004-2009. Researchers compared those cases to patients who were getting other treatments for their Type 2 Diabetes and found that Januvia and Byetta were linked to a nearly sixfold increase in the incidence of pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).
There were 2.9 times more reported cases of pancreatic cancer in patients taking Byetta, and 2.7 more reported cases in patients taking Januvia.
However, doctors and researchers insist that the data is imperfect, as it relies solely on reported cases and there may be gaps in reporting.
Symptoms of pancreatic cancer may include:
• Pain in the upper abdomen or upper back
• Loss of appetite
• Nausea or vomiting
• Abdominal distention
• Unexplained weight loss
• Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin)
Patients who are taking Januvia or Byetta and who experience these symptoms should contact their doctors.
If you took Januvia or Byetta and believe you experienced serious side effects or health complications as a result, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-844-4262, fill out our contact form to the right or chat now with one of our representative to find out if a North Carolina Januvia and Byetta lawyer may be able to help.
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