An Onglyza heart failure lawsuit may be an option for patients who took the medication to treat type 2 diabetes and suffered heart failure or similar serious side effects. Affected patients and families may be eligible to seek compensation with the help of an Onglyza lawsuit attorney.
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What is Onglyza and How Does It Work?
Together with diet and exercise, Onglyza is used to lower blood sugar levels in adult patients with type 2 diabetes, a condition in which blood sugar levels are too high because the body cannot produce or use insulin normally. Onglyza is in a class of drugs called dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors and works by increasing insulin amounts produced by the body after meals when blood sugar levels are typically high. The medication is not used to treat patients who suffer from type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis.
Onglyza and Heart Failure
In 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested clinical trial data from the manufacturer of saxagliptin, also known by the trade name Onglyza, to investigate a potential association between the use of type 2 diabetes medication and heart failure. The request stemmed from a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine in September 2013, which noted an increased rate of hospitalization for heart failure.
At the time of their request, the FDA considered the information to be preliminary and their analysis of diabetes drugs such as Onglyza is part of a much broader evaluation of all drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes. In the safety communication, the FDA advises patients to continue taking Onglyza as prescribed until they have a chance to speak with their health care professional regarding any questions or concerns they may have.
Onglyza Side Effects
Onglyza may cause changes in blood sugar levels and may cause any of the following side effects:
- Sore throat
- Joint pain
In addition, some side effects can be more severe. Serious side effects associated with the use of Onglyza for the treatment of type 2 diabetes include:
- Skin peeling
- Swelling of the lips, tongue, throat, or face
- Problems breathing or swallowing
- Ongoing pain developing in the stomach and moving to the back
- Loss of appetite
How An Onglyza Heart Failure 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 Onglyza heart failure lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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