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Byetta Side Effects

Byetta has been linked to a number of severe side effects including pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, pancreatitis, hemorrhagic pancreatitis, necrotizing pancreatitis and death.

Byetta has been linked to a number of serious, life-threatening side effects including pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, pancreatitis, hemorrhagic pancreatitis, necrotizing pancreatitis and death.

IMPORTANT: There are no signs or symptoms that distinguish acute hemorrhagic or necrotizing pancreatitis associated with Byetta from the less severe form of pancreatitis.

If you or a loved one have developed pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer while taking Byetta, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.

Breaking News – Michael E. Schmidt Files First Byetta Lawsuit in the Country

AMYLIN PHARMACEUTICALS DIABETES DRUG BYETTA® THE FOCUS OF CALIFORNIA LAWSUIT – (8/19/08) A Virginia man yesterday filed what is believed to be the first personal injury lawsuit stemming from injuries associated with the use of Byetta®, an injectable medication for diabetes.

FDA Video: Pancreatitis in Patients Taking Byetta for Diabetes

Below is an excellent video published by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which warns patients of the link between pancreatitis and Byetta.

What are the side effects of Byetta?

Urgent FDA Byetta Pancreatitis Update: As of 8/18/2008, the FDA has reviewed 30 postmarketing reports of acute pancreatitis in patients taking Byetta. Of the most recent 6 cases of hemorrhagic or necrotizing pancreatitis, all patients required hospitalization, two patients died and four patients were recovering at time of reporting.

The following paragraphs are the side effects of Byetta as listed on the Patient Information Sheet provided my the manufacturer:

When BYETTA is used with a medicine that contains a sulfonylurea, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can occur. The dose of your sulfonylurea medicine may need to be reduced while you use BYETTA. The signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include headache, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, confusion, irritability, hunger, fast heartbeat, sweating, and feeling jittery. Your healthcare provider should tell you how to treat low blood sugar.

The most common side effects with BYETTA include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, feeling jittery, and acid stomach. Nausea is most common when first starting BYETTA, but decreases over time in most patients. Talk to your healthcare provider if you experience the following severe and persistent symptoms, alone or in combination, because they could be signs of serious medical conditions: abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

BYETTA may reduce your appetite, the amount of food you eat, and your weight. No changes in your dose are needed for these side effects.

Talk to your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all the side effects with BYETTA. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information.

Byetta and Pancreatic Cancer

New research has found that Byetta side effects may include pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Each year, nearly 50,000 people around the country are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and almost 40,000 die from it. Pancreatic cancer is often difficult to diagnose until its later stages, making treatment for the disease far more difficult. Symptoms of Byetta pancreatic cancer may include:

  • weight loss
  • dark urine
  • clay-colored stools
  • back pain
  • jaundice

Prompt diagnosis of Byetta pancreatic cancer will greatly improve a patient’s chances of surviving the disease. Byetta users experiencing any of the above-listed symptoms should contact their healthcare provider right away.

Byetta and Thyroid Cancer

Reports linking Byetta to thyroid cancer began to surface in 2010. Instead of issuing a Byetta recall or warning the public about this risk, the FDA asked manufacturer Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly to conduct additional research to determine whether Byetta can cause thyroid cancer. Symptoms of Byetta thyroid cancer may include:

  • thyroid lump (nodule)
  • cough
  • difficulty swallowing
  • enlargement of the thyroid gland
  • hoarseness or changing voice
  • neck swelling

Byetta thyroid cancer treatment depends on the severity of the disease, as well as the patient’s overall health and medical history. Surgical intervention is usually the first line of defense, followed by a variety of other approaches which may include radioactive iodine treatment, thyroid hormone therapy, external beam radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. A combination of these approaches is often the most successful Byetta thyroid cancer.

Additional Information:

Do I Have a Byetta Side Effects Lawsuit?

The Defective Drug & Products Liability Litigation Groups at our law firm are an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in Byetta lawsuits. We are pursuing individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Byetta pancreatic cancer and Byetta thyroid cancer cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one have developed pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer while taking Byetta, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.

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