Januvia (sitagliptin) has recently been associated with pancreatic cancer and other serious side effects. As pancreatic cancer advances, it can cause complications including pain, jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin), bowel obstructions and rapid weight loss.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed pancreatic cancer after taking Januvia, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What are Pancreatic Cancer Complications?
Possible complications of pancreatic cancer include:
- Jaundice – Cancerous tumors that blocks the bile duct can lead to jaundice, whose symptoms include yellow skin and eyes, dark urine, and pale stools. To treat jaundice caused by pancreatic cancer, a stent may be placed in the bile duct to hold it open. When this is not possible, bypass surgery may be necessary to create a new route for bile to flow from the liver to the intestines.
- Pain – Januvia pancreatic cancer tumors may press on nerves in the patient’s abdomen, causing severe pain that may require prescription drugs or radiation therapy. In severe cases of the disease, doctors may inject alcohol into the nerves that control pain in the abdomen. This stops the nerves from sending pain signals to the brain.
- Bowel obstruction – If tumor cells travel into or press against the small intestine, it can block digestion. A stent can be placed in the small intestine to hold it open, or, in cases where this is not possible, a bypass may be required to connect the stomach to a lower point in the intestines that isn’t blocked.
- Weight loss – Can be caused by nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, or a tumor pressing against the stomach making it hard to eat. Weight loss from pancreatic cancer may also occur because the patient’s body is having difficulty processing nutrients. If this is the case, pancreatic enzyme supplements may be taken to aid in the digestive process. Patients with pancreatic cancer can help maintain their weight by adding extra calories to their meals, and by making mealtime as enjoyable as possible.
Click here to read more about Januvia pancreatic cancer complications from Texas Oncology.
Do I Have a Januvia Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Januvia lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new pancreatic cancer cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by Januvia side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a class action suit and we can help.