Januvia users all around the country have been diagnosed with pancreatitis over the past several years. Symptoms of pancreatitis may include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and rapid weight loss. This article discusses how Januvia may cause pancreatitis.
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How Does Januvia Cause Pancreatitis?
Pancreatitis occurs when digestive enzymes become activated while still inside the pancreas. Normally, pancreatic enzymes remain inert until they travel to the small intestine, where they become active and help with digestion processes. However, in people with pancreatitis, the enzymes become activated while still in the pancreas, causing severe inflammation, abdominal pain, vomiting, fever, high blood pressure, and / or respiratory problems. Repeated bouts of pancreatitis can lead to chronic pancreatitis, where scar tissue forms and causes loss of function. A poorly functioning pancreas can cause digestion problems, diabetes, and even lead to full-blown pancreatic cancer.
First approved by the FDA in October 2006, Januvia (sitagliptin phosphate) is a prescription drug designed for use in controlling type 2 diabetes. Januvia was the first from a new class of medications known as DPP-4 inhibitors that enhance the body’s ability to lower elevated blood sugar. Unfortunately, despite working well in this capacity, Januvia became linked to pancreatitis and other serious side effects shortly after being released.
Acute Hemorrhagic Pancreatitis
Januvia has been linked to acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis, a condition characterized by a sudden inflammation of the pancreas that occurs over a short period of time. During an episode of acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis, the patient may experience confusion, difficulty breathing, respiratory failure, and other symptoms relating to digestion and the abdomen. In severe cases of the disease, the patient may fall into a coma. The warning signs of Januvia acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis may include:
- Upper abdominal pain that radiates into the back
- Swollen and tender abdomen
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased heart rate
Januvia has also been associated with necrotizing pancreatitis, a condition that occurs when a patient’s pancreas is inflamed and bleeding. In patients with necrotizing pancreatitis, the pancreas destroys itself, which is accompanied by severe inflammation and tissue death. This form of the disease is extremely serious and should be treated immediately.
Click here to learn more about Januvia pancreatitis causes from Johns Hopkins Medicine.
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