Pancreatitis, one of Byetta’s serious side effects, can be treated in a number of ways depending on the severity of the condition. The disease typically requires hospitalization, where the inflammation of the pancreas can be brought under control. This article discusses the various Byetta pancreatitis treatments and drugs currently being utilized by healthcare providers around the country.
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What treatments and drugs are used for pancreatitis?
Patients suffering from Byetta pancreatitis may be admitted to the hospital to be cared for. The first line of defense to help control inflammation in the pancreas and make the patient more comfortable typically involves a combination of approaches including:
- Fasting – Doctors usually recommend that patients admitted for Byetta pancreatitis stop eating for a couple of days to give their pancreas time to recover. Once the inflammation subsides, the patient may begin incorporating clear liquids and bland food into their diet. In rare cases where pancreatitis persists and the person still experiences pain while eating, a feeding tube may be inserted to help get them nutrition.
- Pain medications – Depending on the severity of the condition, pancreatitis can be quite painful, and certain medications may be prescribed to help control the pain.
- Intravenous (IV) fluids – As the body requires large amounts of fluids to repair the pancreas, the patient may become severely dehydrated. As a result, individuals with pancreatitis may receive additional fluids through a vein in the arm.
Once the inflammation of the pancreas is brought under control, a health team can begin treating the underlying cause of the disease. In patients suffering from pancreatitis caused by Byetta, the team will likely recommend discontinuing use of the drug for another medication to treat their diabetes. Other examples of pancreatitis treatments include:
- Removal of bile duct obstructions – In cases where pancreatitis is caused by narrowed or blocked bile ducts, a procedure called an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) may be implemented. ERCP uses a long tube with a camera on the end to examine the pancreas and bile ducts. This process can help in diagnosing problems in the bile ducts and in making repairs.
- Gallbladder surgery – In cases where pancreatitis is caused by gallstones, the health team may recommend gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy) to remove the gallbladder.
- Pancreas surgery – May be used to drain fluid or remove diseased tissue from the pancreas.
- Treatment for alcoholism – If it has been determined that the patient’s pancreatitis was caused by alcohol consumption, the doctor may recommend entering a treatment program for alcoholism. Continuing to drink can further damage the pancreas and lead to many other adverse health conditions.
- Enzyme supplements – Enzymes to help the body break down and process the nutrients in food may be prescribed to patients suffering from pancreatitis. Pancreatic enzymes come in tablet form and are taken with each meal.
- Dietary changes – Pancreatitis patients may be referred to a dietician who can help them plan nutritious, low-fat meals.
Interested in learning more? Click here for additional information about Byetta pancreatitis treatments and drugs from the University of Maryland Medical Center
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