Pancreatitis, one of Januvia’s potential complications, can be treated with a number of methods depending on the severity of the disease. Pancreatitis typically requires a hospital visit, where the inflammation of the pancreas can be treated by medical professionals.
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What treatments and drugs are used for pancreatitis?
Individuals with Januvia pancreatitis are typically admitted to a hospital for professional medical care. The aim of treatment is to help control inflammation in the pancreas and to make the patient comfortable. Pancreatitis treatments and drugs involve a combination of:
- Fasting – Patients admitted for Januvia pancreatitis are usually advised to avoid eating for several days to allow their pancreas to recover. Once the inflammation goes away, the patient may begin consuming clear liquids and bland food.
- Prescription drugs – Pain medications may be prescribed to individuals suffering from severe pain caused by pancreatitis.
- Intravenous fluids – As the body requires a lot of fluid to repair the pancreas, the patient may become severely dehydrated. To avoid dehydration, patients with pancreatitis may receive additional intravenous fluids.
Once the pancreas inflammation has been reduced, the underlying cause of pancreatitis can be addressed. First and foremost, the doctor is likely to recommend discontinuing the patient’s regimen of Januvia in favor of another drug with fewer potential side effects. Other treatment methods may include:
- Bile duct obstruction removal – In patients whose pancreatitis is caused by obstructed bile ducts, an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) may be used. This procedure utilizes a long tube with a camera on the end to view the pancreas and bile ducts, and can help in diagnosing problems and making repairs.
- Gallbladder removal – In cases where the disease is caused by gallstones, gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy) may be performed to remove the gallbladder.
- Pancreas surgery – Used to drain fluid or remove necrotized pancreas tissue.
- Enzyme supplements – Can help the body digest and process nutrients in foodstuffs. Enzymes supplements come in tablets and are taken with meals.
- Dietary changes – Patients may be referred to a professional dietician who can help them plan appropriate meals to accommodate their nutritional requirements.
Click here to learn more about Januvia pancreatitis treatments and drugs from the New York Times.
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