Januvia Hemorrhagic Pancreatitis

Januvia (sitagliptin) is a diabetes medication that has been linked to hemorrhagic pancreatitis, according to a 2009 warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Hemorrhagic pancreatitis is a life-threatening complication when severe inflammation in the pancreas causes tissue death (necrosis) and bleeding in the pancreas. If you or your loved one was injured by Januvia hemorrhagic pancreatitis, contact our lawyers today regarding a potential Januvia lawsuit.

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What is Hemorrhagic Pancreatitis?

Hemorrhagic pancreatitis is a life-threatening disorder in which the pancreas is severely inflamed, which causes tissue to break down and bleed (hemorrhage) into the pancreas and surrounding tissues. It is a type of acute pancreatitis (sudden inflammation of the pancreas).

The pancreas is a digestive gland located behind the stomach, which is responsible for producing digestive enzymes and metabolic hormones (such as insulin). Pancreatitis occurs when digestive enzymes activate inside the pancreas and auto-digest pancreatic tissue.

Hemorrhagic pancreatitis can also occur with acute necrotizing pancreatitis, in which pancreatic tissue begins to die (necrotize). In fact, bleeding in the pancreas often occurs after the formation of necrotic tissue on the surface of the pancreas.

Does Januvia Cause Hemorrhagic Pancreatitis?

Januvia (sitagliptin) is an anti-diabetes medication that has been sold in the U.S. since 2006 by Merck & Co. It belongs to a newer class of diabetes drugs that inhibit dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4), which stimulates the pancreas to secrete more insulin and lower blood-sugar levels.

Unfortunately, Januvia has been linked to at least two cases of hemorrhagic pancreatitis. It is unknown if Januvia causes hemorrhagic pancreatitis, but the medication is a potential risk factor.

The FDA published a Safety Communication to warn about the risk of Januvia hemorrhagic pancreatitis in 2009:

“Eighty-eight post-marketing cases of acute pancreatitis, including two cases of hemorrhagic or necrotizing pancreatitis in patients using sitagliptin, were reported to the Agency between October 2006 and February 2009.”

Symptoms of Januvia Hemorrhagic Pancreatitis

Symptoms of Januvia hemorrhagic pancreatitis include:

  • Abdominal pain
    • Pain is located in the upper-abdomen
    • It may get worse after eating or drinking
    • It may radiate to the back
    • It may become constant and severe
    • Abdomen may be tender or swollen
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss, anorexia
  • Digestion problems
  • Mild yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)
  • Clay-colored stools
  • Fever
  • And more

Complications of Januvia Hemorrhagic Pancreatitis

Potential complications of Januvia hemorrhagic pancreatitis include:

  • Acute kidney failure
  • Breathing problems
  • Organ damage or multiple organ system failure
  • Build-up of fluid in the abdomen
  • Pancreatic cysts or fluid-filled abscesses
  • Heart failure
  • Low blood pressure
  • Pancreatic necrosis (death of pancreatic tissue)
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Need for surgical treatment
  • Permanent damage to the pancreas
  • Disability
  • Death

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