The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports an estimated 29.1 million Americans live with diabetes in the United States. Some use the prescription drug Januvia to treat and manage their diabetes. The active ingredient in Januvia is sitagliptin, which helps control diabetes by managing insulin levels in those with Type II diabetes. Januvia is not for those with Type I diabetes.
While the drug is very popular, it also may cause serious side effects. If a doctor prescribed Januvia, review these side effects and know what to do if you suffer harm because of the potentially dangerous drug.
Januvia Side Effects
Januvia can be an effective tool in controlling blood sugar levels in Type II diabetics. But it is not without serious side effects. According to a medication guide by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, below are some potential side effects of Januvia.
- Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- Serious allergic reactions
- Kidney problems
- Swelling of the hands or feet
- Upset stomach and diarrhea
A March 2013 Drug Safety and Availability Report published by the FDA states that the FDA will investigate reports indicating incretin mimetic drugs like Januvia may increase the risk of pancreatitis, as well as precancerous findings of the pancreas. One study, published in 2013 in JAMA Internal Medicine found taking sitagliptin can double a patient’s risk of acute pancreatitis.
Pancreatitis can lead to severe complications like pseudocysts (fluid, debris collection in cysts in the pancreas), infection, breathing difficulties and kidney failure. Chronic pancreatitis can increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. In some cases, it can lead to death. It goes without saying that it can be a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention.
How a Januvia-related Lawsuit Works
If a doctor prescribed Januvia and you suffered ill effects as a result, then you may have the right to file a lawsuit against the drug manufacturer. The first step, though, is determining why Januvia’s manufacturer, Merck & Co., Inc., is liable for the harm you suffered. In defective drug lawsuit, liability may be based on a serious side effect of the drug, a dangerous side effect deliberately concealed by the manufacturer, or a marking/labeling discrepancy. Talk to an attorney about your ability to hold Merck & Co., Inc. liable for injuries.
Merck & Co. isn’t the only party that may be liable, however. If a doctor prescribed Januvia to treat Type II diabetes, he or she may be liable if he or she wrote the prescription despite known risks. For example, if you have an allergy to an ingredient in the drug and the doctor prescribes it anyway, the doctor may be liable if you suffer a severe allergic reaction. A pharmacist or another party may be liable if that party acted negligently and contributed to your injury.
Also keep in mind that under Pennsylvania law, you have two years from the date of the injury to file a product liability lawsuit. So if you suffered harm after taking Januvia, contact a lawyer today to get started.
Take Action Now – Call Cordisco & Saile LLC
If you suffered injuries related to taking Januvia – like inflammation of the pancreas, kidney failure or an allergic reaction – consult an attorney as soon as possible. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our attorneys will provide a free consultation to discuss your case and explore eligibility to take further legal action. If you decide to pursue a lawsuit, we will represent you throughout the process. To get started now, call us as soon as possible at 215-642-2335 or fill out the form on our contact page.