Januvia Lawsuit

Januvia (sitagliptin) is used along with a diet and exercise plan to lower blood sugar in people with Type 2 diabetes. Januvia, made by Merck & Co. Inc., was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October, 2006. Junamet and Juvisync are combination drugs which contain Januvia. Januvia has been linked to pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, and kidney failure. If you have taken this drug and suffered injury, you may have a Januvia lawsuit.

Januvia Uses

Januvia is in a class of medications called dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors. It reduces blood sugar by increasing insulin production and reducing the production of sugar in the liver. Januvia is meant to be used in combination with a diet and exercise plan in people with Type 2 diabetes, and is sometimes used in combination with other medications.

Januvia is not appropriate for people with Type 1 diabetes or with diabetic ketoacidosis.

Januvia Pancreatitis

Januvia can cause severe and fatal pancreatitis. Types of pancreatitis reported in Januvia users include:

  • Acute Pancreatitis
  • Hemorrhagic Pancreatitis
  • Necrotizing Pancreatitis

If you experience symptoms of pancreatitis while taking Januvia, you should talk to your doctor right away. Pain in the stomach area (upper abdomen) is the most common sign of pancreatitis. Other symptoms which may or may not be present include nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, swollen abdomen.

Januvia Cancer Risk

Januvia has been linked to an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer. A study published in the journal Gastroenterology, in July, 2011, found a 2.7 fold higher rate of pancreatic cancer in Januvia users than in those using Type 2 diabetes therapies that were not in the same class of drugs. The researchers analyzed the FDA’s adverse event report database covering a time period from 2004 to 2009.

Kidney Damage

Januvia can cause or worsen poor renal function to the point that kidney dialysis is required. Patients should be tested for poor kidney function before they start taking Januvia and periodically while they are taking it.

If you have suffered Januvia injury or lost a loved one to this dangerous medication, you may be entitled to compensation. Please, find a injury attorney in your area right away and schedule a consultation to learn more about a potential Januvia lawsuit..