SILVER SPRING, Md. — Consumers who take Onglyza are risking serious side effects without even knowing it, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA said in early April that it would be adding new warnings and precautions to the labels of Type 2 diabetes medicines containing saxagliptin and alogliptin.
In extensive clinical trials, patients who ingested Onglyza were hospitalized for heart failure at a 25 percent greater rate than the ones who ingested placebos.
If the patients had any risk factors for kidney or heart failure, the likelihood was even greater. The government watchdog advised doctors to “consider discontinuing” Onglyza therapy in patients with any heart problems. The FDA also warned patients to be on the lookout for additional symptoms, including shortness of breath, fatigue and weight gain.
Patients should not stop taking any prescription for any reason unless they first consult with their doctors.
Onglyza Complications & Symptoms
When Onglyza and other DPP-4 inhibitors, including Victoza and Byetta, first appeared, many researchers hailed them as the most important diabetes breakthrough since the discovery of insulin. These powerful medicines stimulate insulin secretion in the pancreas and suppress sugar production in the liver.
The FDA first alerted consumers and practitioners about the risk of heart failure almost one year to the day prior to this latest warning. At that time, however, the evidence was slightly less compelling, because some patients who developed heart problems also had other serious medical conditions. Nevertheless, the agency concluded that there was a correlation between Onglyza and heart failure.
Some observers believe the suppressed liver activity causes the heart to pump blood at a slower rate, which often leads to hypoxia (lack of oxygen) in other vital organs, as well as fluid buildup around the heart (congestive heart failure).
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