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Byetta and Dangers of Pancreatitis

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 by in Pharmaceutical Defects | 0 comments

People who have been using Byetta have been exposed to an even more dangerous ailment: pancreatitis. Byetta is a drug prescribed for those suffering from type-2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes where the patient suffers because they are not able to produce insulin or are not able to process the insulin that their bodies produce. There have already been confirmed reports of people dying from severe inflammation of the pancreas as a complication due to using Byetta.

Byetta has been linked to an increased risk of acute pancreatitis and kidney problems, and although there are other drugs that can be just as risky, patients are still at life-threatening risks when taking Byetta. Those who are at greater risk of pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas, where if severe, can lead to death) are those who are already suffering from conditions such as gallstones, high blood triglyceride levels, and alcoholism.

Because of the increased risk, the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has issued additional warnings for patients taking Byetta, and they are always reminded to seek immediate medical care upon first signs of pancreatitis: undetermined abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, fever, and nausea. Warning labels inform of the side effects of taking Byetta, and these serious complications should be addressed immediately.

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