Byetta Complications: Pancreatitis
Commonly asked questions about the link between Byetta and pancreatitis:
- Can Byetta cause it?
- Does Byetta increase the risk of developing it?
- What types are there?
- Can I file a Byetta pancreatitis lawsuit?
- How many Byetta pancreatitis lawsuits have been filed?
- What are the less common side effects of Byetta?
- What are the more common side effects of Byetta?
- Symptoms of pancreatitis
- How to start your Byetta lawsuit
Can Byetta Cause Pancreatitis?
Another serious complication associated with Byetta and other GLP-1 agonists is pancreatitis. This condition occurs when the pancreas becomes enlarged due to enzymes accidentally attacking the organ. Some cases can be fatal.
Does Byetta Increase The Risk Of Developing Pancreatitis?
In August of 2008, the FDA issues an alert regarding Byetta and 6 cases of pancreatitis, two of which resulted in death.
Types of Pancreatitis
There are two different types of pancreatitis: acute and chronic. Both types are very serious and if not treated can lead to death.
- Acute Pancreatitis: This is a form that is marked by rapid onset. If treated in a timely manner, the pancreas will return to normal size and the swelling will subside within days.
- Chronic Pancreatitis: This form does not normally heal or improve condition. The inflammation can become worse over time, and in some cases, cause serious damage.
Can I File a Byetta Pancreatitis Lawsuit?
The Consumer Justice Foundation lists several of the most impactful lawsuits filed against Byetta since its release, some of these lawsuits include:
August 2008: The first Byetta lawsuit was filed in the US, on behalf of a man who developed pancreatitis after having used Byetta.
January 2013: A woman filed a lawsuit against Byetta, claiming that its use caused her father to develop pancreatic cancer, ultimately leading to his death.
How Many Byetta Pancreatitis Lawsuits Have Been Filed?
As of March 2014 there were over 325 pending lawsuits in the federal Multi District Litigation (MDL), which was developed for victims of side effects caused by Byetta.
What Are The Less Common Side Effects of Byetta?
Although Byetta is used by millions of people who suffer from type 2 diabetes, there is growing concern about a number of complications believed to be linked to the GLP-1 class of drugs. Pancreatitis, a condition that occurs when enzymes inside the body begin attacking the pancreas, is one of these complications. If not treated, it can worsen and sometimes even be fatal. Addtionally, if left untreated or ignored, it can lead to pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is a second serious complication associated with Byetta and other GLP-1 drugs. Cancer in the pancreas is extremely dangerous because there are rarely symptoms present until much later in its development, causing patients to be misdiagnosed, or not diagnosed in a timely manner. Pancreatic cancer is a life-threatening disease that is treatable, but the sooner it is discovered, the better chance of survival the patient has.
What Are The More Common Side Effects of Byetta?
RxList lists the less serious side effects associated with the use of Byetta, these side effects include one or more of the following:
- Upset Stomach
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
Byetta Pancreatitis Lawsuits
Our dangerous drug attorneys can help if you or someone you care about suffered from pancreatitis as a result of taking Byetta. Lawsuits have been filed against the drug manufacturer by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused by this dangerous drug. You may be entitled to a settlement.
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