Recent studies have found that side effects of the new weight-loss drug Saxenda (generic: liraglutide) may include pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer and thyroid cancer.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed pancreatic cancer after taking Saxenda, 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 is Saxenda?
Saxenda (liraglutide) is an injectable medication that may help some obese or overweight adults to lose weight and keep the weight off. It is used together with diet and exercise. Saxenda was first approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on December 23, 2014.
Incretin Mimetics Linked to Pancreatitis: FDA Warning
Saxenda belongs to a class of medications known as incretin mimetics which have been linked to an increased risk for pancreatitis and pre-cancerous cell changes, according to an FDA Warning issued in March 2013. The warning was preceded by a study in the medical journal Diabetes, which found that patients treated with incretin mimetics are more likely to have increased pancreatic mass and precancerous cells, which may eventually evolve into tumors or pancreatic cancer.
The agency had previously warned about postmarketing reports of acute pancreatitis — including fatal and serious nonfatal cases — associated with the use of the incretin mimetic drugs exenatide and sitagliptin. Pancreatitis is a known risk factor for pancreatic cancer.
Saxenda Side Effects
Liraglutide, the active ingredient in Saxenda, has been linked to the following serious side effects:
- Pancreatic cancer
- Kidney failure
- Life-threatening allergic reactions
Other, less severe side effects may include:
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- Decreased appetite
- Abdominal or stomach pain or upset
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Dry mouth
- Changes in taste
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Injection site reactions or redness
- Lack of energy or weakness
Saxenda warning labels indicate that the drug may cause nausea, vomiting or diarrhea leading to loss of fluids (dehydration). Dehydration
may lead to kidney failure, which can occur in people who have never had kidney problems before. Drinking plenty of fluids may help reduce your risk of dehydration, according to the labeling.
Saxenda carries a boxed warning which indicates that it may cause thyroid C-cell tumors at clinically relevant exposures in laboratory animals. Doctors have been advised not to prescribe Saxenda to patients with a history of medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) or multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2). Signs and symptoms of thyroid cancer include:
- Lump in the neck
- Swelling in the neck
- Pain in the front of the neck
- Hoarseness or other voice changes that do not go away
- Trouble swallowing
- Trouble breathing
- Constant cough that is not due to a cold
Saxenda vs Victoza
Although they have the same main active ingredient, liraglutide, Saxenda and Victoza are prescribed for very different purposes. Victoza is a lower dose version of liraglutide used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, while Saxenda is prescribed to help obese adults lose weight. Both drugs may increase the risk for the above serious side effects.
Need More Info?
If you’d like more information about Saxenda and the issues surrounding it, please visit our Saxenda FAQ page.
Do I have a Saxenda Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Saxenda lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new pancreatic cancer cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were harmed by the side effects of Sandexa, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.