Pancreatitis, a disease that has been linked to Janumet (metformin and sitagliptin), can be treated in a variety of different ways, depending on the type and stage of the disease, as well as the personal preferences of the patient. Individuals diagnosed with Janumet pancreatitis are typically admitted to a hospital, where the pancreas can be treated by a team of medical professionals. This article focuses on Janumet pancreatitis treatments and drugs currently being used by healthcare professionals around the country.
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What treatments and drugs are used for pancreatitis?
The aim of Janumet pancreatitis treatment is to help control pancreas inflammation and make the patient comfortable. Janumet pancreatitis treatments and drugs may include:
- Fasting – Patients admitted to the hospital are typically required to avoid eating for a period of time to allow the pancreas to recover. Once the inflammation subsides, the patient may begin drinking clear liquids and eating bland food.
- Pain medications – May be prescribed to patients experiencing serious pain caused by pancreatitis.
- IV fluids – As the pancreas requires copious amounts of liquid to recover, the patient may experience some level of dehydration. To avoid becoming dehydrated, patients with pancreatitis may be infused with IV fluids.
Once the inflammation in the pancreas has subsided, the root cause of pancreatitis can be treated. Initially, the patient’s doctor may recommend that he or she stop taking Janumet in favor of another drug shown to have fewer potential side effects. Other treatment methods for patients suffering from pancreatitis may include:
- Removal of bile duct obstructions – In people whose disease is caused by a bile duct obstruction, an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) may be implemented. ERCP’s use a long tube with a camera on the end to inspect the pancreas and bile ducts, which can help diagnose problems and make repairs.
- Gallbladder removal – In cases where Janumet pancreatitis is caused by gallstones, gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy) may be done to extract the gallbladder altogether.
- Pancreas surgery – Performed to drain fluid or remove dead pancreas tissue.
- Enzyme supplements – Can help the patient’s digestive system. Enzyme supplements come in tablet form and are typically taken at mealtime.
- Dietary changes – Patients’ diets may need to be altered to accommodate their specific nutritional requirements.
Click here to learn more about Janumet pancreatitis treatments and drugs from the University of Maryland Medical Center.
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