Pancreatitis, a potential side effect of the diabetes drug Byetta (generic: exenatide), is a disease caused by the severe inflammation of the pancreas. Symptoms of Byetta pancreatitis may include upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, and sudden weight loss. While mild cases of pancreatitis caused by Byetta may subside by themselves in less than a week, more severe cases may lead to pancreatic cancer.
Byetta Pancreatitis Update 2/26/13: The popular type 2 diabetes drugs Byetta and Januvia may double the risk of users developing pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas that can lead to cancer and kidney failure. The new information, which was published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found that patients hospitalized with pancreatitis were twice as likely to be taking Januvia or Byetta than a control group of diabetics who didn’t have the disease. Click here to learn more.
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What are the symptoms of Byetta Pancreatitis?
Byetta pancreatitis brings about a number of changes in the way a patient’s body behaves. The disease will cause the manifestation of many symptoms which vary in their duration and intensity, and individuals afflicted by the disease should keep a close watch on anything they feel or notice differently. The most frequently reported symptoms of Byetta pancreatitis include:
- Upper abdominal pain – Although this symptom may be an indicator of many other conditions, upper abdominal pain caused by Byetta pancreatitis has its own feel and intensity. It is marked by a constant burning sensation that comes and goes in quick intervals. Every time it returns, it presents with increasing intensity.
- Abdominal pain that radiates to the back – The abdominal pain caused by Byetta pancreatitis has the tendency to travel to the back into the kidneys and spinal areas. It can cause a crippling feeling, and may leave the patient completely immobile. In severe cases, it can lead the patient to faint, lose consciousness, or go into a coma.
- Vomiting – Even if a person with Byetta pancreatitis has a normal appetite, the body may force the individual to expel the contents of his or her stomach. The patient may first experience nausea, then a gurgling in the stomach, then the quick urge to vomit it out. The vomiting typically lasts until the patient’s stomach is emptied and flushed of its contents. Dehydration typically follows.
- Fever – While the body tries to fight back against Byetta pancreatitis, the patient may experience a high fever until treated.
- Blood pressure – Another Byetta pancreatitis symptom is elevated blood pressure level, which is a dire condition that requires immediate medical attention. Alternately, the patient may experience a rapid drop in blood pressure if internal bleeding occurs or if excessive fluid is built up.
- Heart and respiratory symptoms – In patients suffering from Byetta pancreatitis, the heart tends to pump more blood to fix the condition, which leads to fast or labored breathing.
These are the most commonly reported serious Byetta pancreatitis symptoms. Other mild symptoms of the disease may include:
- tenderness when touching the abdomen
- oily, smelly stools (steatorrhea)
- weight loss
- increased urination
- greater food cravings
Do I Have a Byetta Lawsuit?
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