Recent studies have uncovered a disturbing link between Januvia (generic: sitagliptin) and pancreatitis. Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas becomes severely inflamed, and can lead to pancreatic cancer if left untreated.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with 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 we can help.
The pancreas is a gland that performs the critical functions of regulating digestion and metabolism processes. These essential bodily functions may be severely affected by pancreatitis, a rare disease that occurs when normally inactive pancreatic digestive enzymes become active within the gland and attack the pancreas itself. Januvia pancreatitis can be acute – manifesting rapidly and lasting for just a few days – or it can be chronic, developing slowly and persisting over months or even years.
Signs and symptoms of Januvia pancreatitis may include:
- upper abdominal pain
- abdominal pain that radiates to your back
- abdominal pain that feels worse after eating
- tenderness when touching the abdomen
- losing weight without trying
- oily, smelly stools (steatorrhea)
Treatment and Prognosis
Treatment for pancreatitis typically includes a hospital admission for intravenous (IV) fluids, antibiotics, and prescription pain medications. The patient may be instructed not to eat or drink while he or she is in the hospital so the pancreas can rest. If vomiting occurs, a tube may be inserted into the stomach through the nose to remove excess fluid and air.
In mild cases of pancreatitis, the disease may clear up in as little as a week. In more severe cases, the patient may require liquid nourishment through the nose until the pancreas heals. Before leaving the hospital, the patient will be advised not to smoke, consume alcoholic beverages, or eat fatty foods.
Januvia Side Effects
In addition to pancreatitis, Januvia has been linked to the following serious side effects:
Other, less severe side effects have been reported to include:
- stomach discomfort
Click here to learn more about Januvia pancreatitis from the Cleveland Clinic.
Do I Have a Januvia 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 got pancreatic cancer and feel Januvia may be to blame, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a class action suit and we can help.