Onglyza is an oral prescription medication used to treat adults with type 2 diabetes, however, the medication has been allegedly associated with severe side effects and risks, including those affecting the pancreas and cardiovascular system. Affected patients and families may be eligible to file a Kentucky Onglyza lawsuit and recover compensation for damages.
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What is Onglyza and How Does It Work?
Onglyza, when taken with proper diet and exercise, is a medication used to manage high blood glucose levels in adults with type 2 diabetes. Approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009, Onglyza belongs to a class of diabetic drugs known as incretin-based therapies, specifically a group known as dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors. Onglyza is only used to treat adults with type 2 diabetes; the drug is not used to treat type 1 diabetes.
Saxagliptin, the active ingredient in Onglyza and type of DPP-4 inhibitor, blocks DPP-4 enzymes and prolongs the effects of an insulin-stimulating hormone known as GLP-1. Onglyza may be used in addition to other diabetes medications to treat type 2 diabetes.
Onglyza Side Effects
Like many prescription medications, Onglyza may cause a number of reactions and side effects when used as prescribed to treat diabetes. Common allergic reactions and side effects of onglyza include:
- Fast heart rate
- Pain or burning when urinating
- Swelling of the hands, feet, or ankles
- Easy bruising or bleeding
- Severe pain in the upper stomach, which may spread to your back
Less serious side effects include:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Stomach pain
Symptoms associated with low blood sugar such as shaking, hunger, sweating, headache, rapid heartbeat, change in mood, or change in vision may worsen in people who already use other medications to treat type 2 diabetes.
Pancreatitis and Pancreatic Cancer
In a safety warning issued 2013, the FDA noted reports of acute pancreatitis in patients who used Onglyza to treat type 2 diabetes. Severe cases of acute pancreatitis, or the inflammation of the pancreas, can be life threatening or even deadly.
Pancreatic cancer has also been allegedly connected to incretin-based therapies, including Onglyza, used to treat type 2 diabetes. According to a 2013 article published by the research journal Diabetes, incretin therapy in humans resulted in a marked expansion of the exocrine and endocrine pancreatic compartments, potentially evolving into cancerous neuroendocrine tumors. Pancreatic cancer is difficult to treat because it is often not diagnosed until later stages of the disease.
Other Serious Risks Associated with Onglyza
- 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 (NEJM) in 2013, the FDA requested that the makers of Onglyza submit clinical trial data to investigate a possible link between the use of the medication and heart failure.
- Cardiovascular Risks: Based on results from the NEJM study, an FDA committee voted 13 to 1 that the results demonstrated that the use of saxagliptin has an acceptable cardiovascular risk profile and recommended that the FDA add new safety information to the product’s labels.
- Thyroid cancer: Thyroid cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells begin to grow in your thyroid gland, an organ at the front of the neck that regulates the way the body makes and uses hormones. Victoza, a drug similar to Onglyza, was revealed in a 2011 FDA safety communication as having a possible association with thyroid cancer in patients who used the medication to treat type 2 diabetes.
How A Kentucky 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 a Kentucky Onglyza lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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