If you took Janumet (sitagliptin / metformin) to treat type-2 diabetes, you may or may not have been aware that it has been linked to an increased risk of acute pancreatitis, which is a known risk factor for pancreatic cancer.
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UPDATE: FDA Safety Alert for Pancreatic Cancer
March 15, 2013 — FDA publishes Safety Alert regarding potential risk of pancreatic cancer. Click here to read more.
Janumet and Pancreatic Cancer
Janumet (sitagliptin / metformin) helps people with type-2 diabetes lower their blood-sugar levels by helping the pancreas produce more insulin. Janumet works by inhibiting an enzyme called DPP-4 (dipeptidyl-peptidase-4).
- Does Janumet cause pancreatic cancer?
- What are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer?
- What are the complications of pancreatic cancer?
- How is pancreatic cancer diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for pancreatic cancer?
Several studies have linked Janumet to an increased risk of pancreatitis, which is a known risk-factor for developing pancreatic cancer. Furthermore, some studies have suggested that inhibiting DPP-4 could lower the body’s natural defenses against cancer, because low DPP-4 levels are a biomarker for early diagnosis of cancer. However, it is not clear whether low DPP-4 increases the risk of cancer.
In 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly & Co. to conduct a long-term study of sitagliptin, pancreatic cancer, and thyroid cancer. Unfortunately, studies of cancer often take many years to complete.
Does Janumet Cause Pancreatic Cancer?
It is unknown whether Janumet causes pancreatic cancer. It is difficult to evaluate the risk of Janumet pancreatic cancer for the following reasons:
- Janumet is a relatively new drug that has only been sold in the United States since 2007.
- Pancreatic cancer is very rare and can take many years to develop.
- Statistical significance is limited until a large number of people take Janumet or similar drugs and develop pancreatic cancer.
- Some experts believe that type-2 diabetes is a major risk factor for developing pancreatic cancer, which can make it difficult to determine whether a case of pancreatic cancer is caused by Janumet or diabetes.
Studies of Janumet Pancreatic Cancer
In 2011, the medical journal Gastroenterology published a study of Janumet pancreatic cancer. Researchers from UCLA evaluated data from the FDA MedWatch database submitted between 2004 – 2009, and found that sitagliptin was associated with 16 reports of pancreatic cancer and a 2.7-fold increased risk of the disease. Although the significance of the data is limited because of sampling bias, it is an important signal that warrants further investigation.
Symptoms of Janumet Pancreatic Cancer
The reason why pancreatic cancer has such a high mortality rate is because it rarely produces symptoms before the cancer spreads beyond the pancreas to other tissues and organs (metastasizes). It is a good idea to be vigilant for symptoms of Janumet pancreatic cancer, which may include:
- Jaundice (yellow color in the skin and whites of the eyes)
- Diabetes (high blood-sugar, unexplained sudden onset)
- Weight loss
- Nausea, vomiting
- Upper-abdominal pain, discomfort, or belly ache (which may radiate to the back)
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Indigestion, bloating
- Dark urine
- Pale or clay-colored stools
- Poor appetite
- And more
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