Byetta May Double Pancreatic Problems

byetta lawsuitAs a diabetes medication, Byetta is injected to control the blood sugar in the body. This medication may aid the pancreas to produce insulin more efficiently. It is also considered as a short-acting form of exenatide. Incretin mimetics is a class of drugs exenatide belongs because it imitates the effects of incretins. Human-glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is a form of incretins which is a hormone generated and released into the blood by the intestine in response to food. GLP-1 increases the secretion of insulin from the pancreas, slows absorption of glucose from the gut, and reduces the action of glucagon.

Byetta is a newly manufactured drug which was approved as treatment for type 2 diabetes in 2005. It is known as an incretin mimetic and is a synthetic version of a compound found in the venom of a Gila monster, a lizard in the south-western United States. Doctors wrote almost seven million Byetta prescriptions between 2005 and 2008.

There is a potential that Byetta may cause harm to some people, or simply people may become unsuitable for it. In case you experience any uncomfortable effects caused Byetta, it is very important to contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that pancreatitis symptoms got worse after the dose of Byetta was increased from five micrograms twice daily to ten micrograms two times a day. It has been reported that out of the 30 people using the medication, 21 of them have been hospitalized and five of these have been observed to developed serious health problems, such as dehydration, kidney failure, intestinal obstruction, tissue inflammation, and abnormal build-up of fluid in the abdomen.

One needs to go an ER immediately if you feel severe and persistent abdominal pain. If pancreatitis is suspected, exenatide should be discontinued and not started again until pancreatitis has been excluded.

Researches discovered that the use of Byetta may heighten your risk for pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis and thyroid problems. If you want to know more about Byetta and its side effects, there are substantial information found on the Byetta lawsuits blog.

References:

  • medicinenet.com/exenatide/article.htm
  • diabetes.co.uk/diabetes-medication/diabetes-and-byetta.html
  • nhs.uk/Conditions/Diabetes-type2/Pages/MedicineOverview.aspx?condition=Diabetes&medicine=Byetta&preparationByetta%2010micrograms/0.04ml%20solution%20for%20injection%202.4ml%20pre-filled%20disposable%20devices
  • drugs.com/byetta.html
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