Novo Nordisk’s new diabetes drug Victoza (generic: liraglutide) has recently been linked to pancreatitis, a serious disease characterized by the inflammation of the pancreas. The consumer watchdog group Public Citizen has petitioned the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to have Victoza taken off the market because of the drug’s potential to cause pancreatitis and other serious side effects. Signs and symptoms of Victoza pancreatitis may include upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and tenderness when touching the abdomen.
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What’s the Problem with Victoza?
Manufactured and marketed by Danish pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk, Victoza is an FDA-approved prescription medication used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The drug is designed to work by promoting glucose metabolization and insulin secretion in the pancreas. Although the drug has demonstrated considerable effectiveness at treating the symptoms of diabetes, Victoza has been increasingly linked to numerous cases of acute pancreatitis.
In pre-marketing clinical trials, seven Victoza users developed the disease. Five of the cases were acute pancreatitis (sudden and severe), and the other two were chronic (long-developing). One of the patients subsequently developed pancreal necrosis and died, though it still has not been determined whether the death was caused by Victoza. Additionally, the drug has also found to cause infection, tissue damage, hemorrhaging, and cellular necrosis. If the pancreas hemorrhages, the fluids released can damage nearby organs.
Pancreatitis is a severe disease characterized by swelling and inflammation of the pancreas, a large organ located behind the stomach. The pancreas’ main function is to produce chemicals called enzymes, as well as the hormones insulin and glucagon. Normally, these enzymes are only active after they reach the small intestine, where they are needed to digest food. But when the enzymes become active inside the pancreas, they eat (and digest) the tissues of the organ. This causes severe swelling, bleeding, and damage to the pancreas and its blood vessels.
Symptoms of Pancreatitis
Signs and symptoms of Victoza pancreatitis may include:
- upper abdominal pain that radiates into the back
- swollen and tender abdomen
- nausea and vomiting
- rapid pulse
- increased heart rate
Treatment & Prognosis
In most cases, treatment for patients diagnosed with pancreatitis usually requires a few days’ stay in the hospital for intravenous fluids, antibiotics, and medication to relieve the pain. The patient may be required not to eat or drink for the duration of the stay so the pancreas can rest. If vomiting occurs, a tube may be placed through the nose and into the stomach to remove fluid and air.
In moderate cases of the condition, pancreatitis usually resolves in a week or less. In more severe cases, the affected individual may require nasogastric feeding – a special nourishing liquid through the nose – for a number of days or weeks while the pancreas heals. Before leaving the hospital, the patient will be advised not to smoke, drink alcohol, or eat foods that are high in fats.
Victoza Side Effects
In addition to having the potential to cause pancreatitis, Victoza has also been linked to the following serious side effects:
Do You Have a Victoza Lawsuit?
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Free Victoza Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after taking Victoza, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Victoza suit and we can help.