What is Byetta?
What is Byetta Used For?
If you have Type 2 diabetes, you’ve probably heard about a relatively new treatment called Byetta. But what is Byetta exactly?
Byetta is an injectable diabetes medication that helps improve and control blood sugar levels when combined with dietary changes and exercise. Byetta is not insulin. It is part of a new class of drugs known as incretin mimetics. It is a man-made hormone that increases the secretion of insulin, reduces glucagons and slows the absorption of glucose.
Controlling blood sugar levels is vital for your overall well-being and for keeping serious, even fatal, diseases at bay. When left untreated, high blood sugar can lead to serious health complications such as kidney failure, heart disease, eye disease, diabetic impotence, and loss of sensation in the feet that can lead to amputations.
Symptoms of high blood sugar include frequent thirst and urination, confusion, drowsiness, rapid breathing, “fruity” breath odor, sweating, shaking, fast heartbeat, hunger, blurred vision, dizziness, and tingling hands and feet.
Byetta Side Effects
Byetta was touted as a breakthrough treatment for Type 2 diabetes when it was first released in 2005. However, since 2007, Byetta has been linked to side effects that range from mild to serious to fatal.
The following symptoms are among the most common, and mild, side effects of Byetta:
- Feeling jittery
- Acid stomach
In the last few years, the side effects of Byetta have been the subject of serious concern – and mounting lawsuits from patients all across the U.S.
Byetta’s more serious side effects could include the onset of serious allergic reactions and severe health complications, including:
- Acute pancreatitis
- Hemorraghic pancreatitis
- Hemorraghic pancreatitis
- Kidney damage
- Kidney failure
An FDA alert about the possible link between Byetta use and acute pancreatitis was issued in 2007. Acute pancreatitis can be severe and even fatal. The warning recommended that healthcare professionals advise patients of the possible health risks and requested Amylin Pharmaceuticals to precautionary information on the drug’s label.
Later that year, the FDA issued an update, warning professionals and the public of Byetta’s possible link to hemorraghic and necrotizing pancreatitis when doses were increased from 5 micrograms twice a day to 10 micrograms twice a day. In 2009, the FDA issued yet another warning; this time it warned of kidney dysfunction and acute renal failure.
In 2011, the news about Byetta intensified. A study by the University of California, Los Angeles, indicated that Byetta could increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 290% and thyroid cancer by 473%.
Symptoms of pancreatic cancer are weight loss, dark urine, clay-colored stools, back pain and jaundice. Symptoms of thyroid cancer include cough, difficulty swallowing, thyroid gland enlargement, hoarse voice and neck swelling.
The FDA has not officially recalled Byetta but continues to review studies and issue health warnings to health professionals and patients about potential problems. It has also recommended that Amylin Pharmaceuticals place precautionary notices on Byetta packaging.
It’s estimated that over 7 million prescriptions have been made for Byetta. Although numerous studies have shown a causal relationship between Byetta and serious side effects, it is still available by prescription today.
A serious illness can be physically, emotionally and financially devastating. Insurance may not cover all the costs of expensive medical treatments, and it can add up fast. Taking time off work means lost income. If you lost a loved one, funeral expenses, loss of future income and benefits may be adding stress to your grief.
Filing a Byetta lawsuit is one way to fight back. A Byetta lawyer could help get financial recourse for victims who have developed pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer and pancreatitis.
Thousands of unknowing patients who took Byetta and developed these conditions have filed lawsuits against Amylin based on the following claims:
- Amylin failed to adequately warn patients about potential side effects
- Amblyn failed to advise physicians about the importance of monitoring changes to the pancreas
- Amylin failed to sufficiently test Byetta before releasing it into the market
- Amylin failed to recall Byetta, even after it became apparent that the risks outweigh the benefits
If you or someone you know has taken Byetta and have developed serious health problems as a result, talk to a lawyer about filing a Byetta lawsuit. You have rights to protect, and a Byetta lawyer could help you recover financial compensation for your pain and suffering.
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