Januvia and Janumet lawsuits are being filed for patients who were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after taking this medication. Januvia is a type 2 diabetes drug that is often used in combination with other drugs to help monitor and control blood sugar levels. Januvia is also available as Janumet, which is a combination drug composed of Januvia and metformin. Januvia is part of a fairly new class of drugs known as selective dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors, or simply, DPP-4 inhibitors.
There have been increasing complaints about Januvia and Janumet causing pancreatic cancer. Januvia stimulates glucose production and secretion from pancreatic beta cells and inhibits the secretion of glucagon, which is needed to make glucose, from the pancreatic alpha cells. In Janumet, metformin is used to increase the synthesis of glycogen, which is how glucose is stored in the liver. It also increases the sensitivity of muscle and fat to insulin, so it takes up glucose. By reducing glucose production and increasing insulin production, it helps type 2 diabetics maintain normal levels of glucose in the blood.
However, Januvia and Janumet have been found to increase the risk of pancreatic cancer in some individuals. In particular, Januvia has been shown to increase the levels of pancreatic enzymes that are needed for digestion. The metformin in Janumet damages the cells storing the enzymes. The combination of increased enzyme levels and their release due to cell damage can lead to pancreatitis, a painful condition that is characterized by nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Chronic pancreatitis, or regular inflammation of the pancreas, can increase the risk of pancreatic cancer because of an increase in cell division that occurs when the organ is inflamed.
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