(PRWEB) February 25, 2013
Januvia is a prescription medicine used with diet and exercise to lower the blood sugar in adults with Type 2 Diabetes, which occurs when there is not enough insulin to break down the sugar in the body. Januvia was manufactured by Merck & Co., Inc. and came to the market in 2006. Januvia works to inhibit a substance that breaks down insulin in the body so that insulin can function freely for those with Type 2 Diabetes. In 2011, the Gastroenterology journal published a study linking pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer to glucagon-like peptide –1-based therapies, which is how Januvia works.
With a high number of alleged reports of Januvia side effects possibly resulting in pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, and thyroid cancer, entities, such as the FDA, have been taking action. The FDA was involved in September 2009 by issuing a public safety alert. This alert warned the public that includes doctors and consumers of the reports of Januvia side effects and the potential dangers that could be associated with the use of the drug for some patients.
Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, the organ responsible for secreting digestive enzymes. It is also involved in regulating blood sugar because it releases insulin. Pancreatitis can occur when the enzymes become active prematurely, while still inside the pancreas, this condition can occur acutely or chronically, which can cause damages to the pancreas over time, leading to pancreatic cancer. One side effect that is associated with Januvia is that it may cause enzymes to become active prematurely.
Patients using Januvia to treat Type 2 Diabetes should be on the lookout for signs such as upper abdominal pain, jaundice, loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss, depression, and blood clots. Having these symptoms of pancreatic cancer may not be a precursor for the disease, but it might be too late and the patient may have already developed pancreatitis. However, a safer way to prevent pancreatic cancer might be to look for signs of pancreatitis, which include upper abdominal pain, swollen and tender abdomen, nausea, vomiting, fever, increased heart rate. If the doctor determines that the patient indeed had pancreatitis, he or she might already have a cause of action and should seek a Januvia Lawyer to consult about his/her options.
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