Januvia & Byetta are prescription drugs commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes. Both medications are designed to help maintain normal blood sugar (glucose) levels and allow patients to maintain a high quality of life by avoiding diabetic symptoms, such as dizziness, fatigue, and other hypoglycemia-related health concerns. However, patients should know about the potential side effects associated with Januvia & Byetta, as well as their patient rights in the event that a serious medical complication does occur.
How Januvia & Byetta Works
Byetta, which is commonly known as exenatide, is a GLP-1 receptor agonist that serves as a substitute for the glucagonlike petide-1 hormone. Thus, it increases the production of insulin if the patient’s blood sugar levels are elevated. It is manufactured by Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly Company. The medication was approved by the FDA in April 2005.
Januvia, commonly known as sitagliptin, is a pill that lower blood sugar levels by increasing insulin production by the pancreas. As a result, the patient’s glucose levels will decline and the liver will produce less sugar if the blood sugar is elevated. It is manufactured by Merck & Co., and was approved by the FDA in 2006.
Januvia & Byetta Complications
Patients should be aware of the most common complications associated with Januvia and Byetta. Gallbladder issues, pancreatitis, urinary infections, renal conditions, and gastrointestinal issues are just a few of the most notable problems that may occur. An increased risk of pancreatic cancer and thyroid cancer may also be linked to these drugs. The FDA notified healthcare providers of the risk that Januvia poses for patients in 2009, stating that it may cause pancreatitis. This notification was based on the fact that the FDA had received 88 different complaints over a three-year period.
Patients who have experienced any side effects while taking Januvia or Byetta, or after discontinuing use, can consult with a qualified legal professional to determine their rights. Some patients or their loved ones may be eligible for compensation for their injuries, such as reimbursement of medical expenses and/or future medical costs.