An Illinois Onglyza lawsuit may be an option for patients who took the medication and developed serious complications. Onglyza, a medication used to treat adults with type 2 diabetes, has been allegedly linked to cases of pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, heart failure, and joint pain. Affected patients and families may be eligible to file an Illinois Onglyza lawsuit to recover compensation for their injuries.
For more information, contact Attorney Group for Illinois today. Our consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation on your part. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
What is Onglyza?
Onglyza is a widely prescribed oral medication used to treat people with type 2 diabetes. Taken regularly, along with proper diet and exercise, Onglyza controls high blood pressure, helping to prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. Onglyza is not used to treat people who suffer from type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis.
If patients have kidney disease, pancreatitis, gallstones, high triglycerides, or a history of alcoholism, it is recommended that they talk with their doctor or primary care provider before taking Onglyza.
How Does Onglyza Work?
Onglyza belongs to a group of type 2 diabetes medications known as incretin-based therapies, specifically belonging to a class of drugs called dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors. Onglyza works by enhancing the body’s natural ability to regulate blood sugar by helping the pancreas secrete more insulin and stop the liver from producing excess sugar after the consumption of meals.
Onglyza Side Effects
Serious allergic reactions of Onglyza include:
- Swelling of the face, lips, or throat
- Difficulty swallowing or breathing
- Swelling of the skin
- Hives, rash, itching, flaking, or peeling
Other side effects of Onglyza include:
- Low blood sugar (also known as hypoglycemia)
- Swelling or fluid retention
- Upper respiratory tract infection
- Urinary tract infection
Symptoms associated with low blood sugar such as shaking, hunger, sweating, headache, rapid heartbeat, change in mood, or change in vision may become worse in people who already take other medications to treat type 2 diabetes.
Onglyza has been linked to several serious, potentially life-threatening side effects including:
- Heart failure: Heart failure is a chronic, progressive condition in which the heart muscle is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen. Following a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that the makers of Onglyza submit clinical trial data to investigate a possible association between the use of the medication and heart failure.
- Thyroid cancer: Thyroid cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells begin to grow in the thyroid gland, an organ at the front of the neck that regulates the way the body makes and uses hormones. Victoza, a diabetes drug that works similarly to Onglyza, was indicated in a 2011 FDA safety communication as having a possible association with thyroid cancer in patients who used the drug to treat type 2 diabetes.
- Pancreatitis: Pancreatitis is a disease in which the pancreas becomes inflamed. The pancreas is a large gland located behind the stomach and next to the small intestine. The pancreas releases powerful digestive enzymes into the small intestine to aid in the digestion of food and releases insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream, controlling how the body uses food for energy. According to a warning issued by the FDA in 2013, acute pancreatitis was reported in patients taking Onglyza.
- Pancreatic cancer: Pancreatic cancer begins in the tissues of the pancreas and often has a poor prognosis, even when diagnosed early. Pancreatic cancer typically spreads rapidly and is rarely detected in its early stages, which makes it a leading cause of cancer deaths. In March 2013, the FDA issued a report investigating and evaluating unpublished findings suggesting the possible increased risk of pancreatitis and pre-cancerous cellular changes in adults who used incretin mimetic medications, including Onglyza.
How An Illinois Onglyza Lawsuit Can Help
Drug manufacturers have a duty to ensure their products are accompanied by full and accurate instructions and warnings to guide prescribing doctors and other health care providers in making treatment decisions. If a drug maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
Patients who are injured by Onglyza may be entitled to compensation for damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- The permanency of the injury
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Loss of income or ability to work
If a patient dies from complications after taking Onglyza, family members may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from the loss of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
Patients who have suffered severe side effects after taking Onglyza, as well as the families of those who have died as a result of complications with the drug, are encouraged to seek the advice of an Illinois Onglyza lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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