Januvia Lawsuits: Pancreatitis, Pancreatic Cancer
Commonly asked questions about Januvia (sitagliptin):
- What is Januvia?
- What are the severe side effects of Januvia?
- What are the less severe side effects of Januvia?
- Can I file a Januvia & Janumet lawsuit?
- How do I start a Januvia & Janumet claim?
- Januvia Lawyer Review
What Is Januvia?
Januvia (sitagliptin) is a type 2 diabetes drug that was originally approved by the FDA in 2006.
When Januvia was introduced to the market, it was the first drug in a new class of diabetes drugs known as selective dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors, or simply, DPP-4 inhibitors.
These drugs were designed to work with other diabetes drugs, such as Byetta. Januvia can stimulate the body to produce insulin. Studies show that it may be less likely to cause hypoglycemia and weight gain than other diabetes drugs.
Januvia is taken orally and often available in a combination pill (known as Janumet) that contains metformin, a drug that helps control blood sugar levels.
What Are The Severe Side Effects Of Januvia?
Although the number of prescriptions for Januvia has been increasing, recent studies have identified a link to serious complications. Pancreatitis, a condition marked by inflammation of the pancreas, is one of these complications. This condition occurs when digestive enzymes inside the body begin to attack the pancreas, causing it to become inflammed.
If the condition is not treated, consequences could be tissue damage, severe infection, bleeding and cyst formation. Pancreatitis can either be chronic or acute, and both conditions can be life-threatening if not treated in a timely manner. In 2011, the FDA received nearly 200 reports of pancreatitis in patients who were taking Januvia or Janumet.
In addition to pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer has also been a serious concern associated with Januvia and Janumet.
Several diabetes drugs have been linked to an increased risk of pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is a particularly troubling cancer as it rarely shows any signs or symptoms of its presence until the tumor has grown large enough to be a life-threatening concern. Pancreatic cancer can also be brought on by pancreatitis.
On March 14, 2013, the FDA announced new evidence indicating Januvia can cause “pre-cancerous cellular changes” in the pancreas. UCLA researchers determined the drugs increase the mass of the pancreas. Additionally, according to a study published in Gastroenterology, people who take these drugs to help manage diabetes are 2.7 times more likely to develop pancreatic cancer.
What Are The Less Severe Side Effects Of Januvia?
According to RXList many people who use Januvia do not experience any serious side effects. The less severe side effects that may occur with Januvia include:
- Runny of stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Back pain
- Joint or muscle pain
- Stomach Pain
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Can I File A Januvia & Janumet Lawsuit?
Our dangerous drug attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was harmed by Januvia or Janumet.
The following criteria must be met to file a lawsuit against Merck, the drug manufacturer:
- Suffered from pancreatic cancer
- Took the drug for at least one year prior to diagnosis
Lawsuits have already been filed against Merck by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused by this dangerous drug.
You may be entitled to a settlement. We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement and we pay all of the case costs. If your claim is not successful for any reason, you do not owe us anything. We put it all in writing for you.
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How Do I Start A Januvia & Janumet Claim?
Our Januvia and Janumet lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. To get started, you can:
- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
- Call (866) 280-3417 any time of day to tell us about your case.
We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have claim, we will start immediately.
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