Individuals who use the diabetes drug Januvia (sitagliptin) should be aware of the symptoms of acute pancreatitis, because Januvia has been associated with at least 88 cases of pancreatitis.
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Januvia Pancreatitis Information
Pancreatitis is an inflammatory disease in which pancreatic enzymes activate and begin to digest pancreatic tissue. Januvia is associated with sudden attacks of pancreatitis, also known as acute pancreatitis. There have also been reports of hemorrhagic and necrotizing pancreatitis.
There have been many post-marketing reports of acute pancreatitis associated with Januvia (sitagliptin), a type-2 diabetes drug developed by Merck. According to Merck’s prescribing information, Januvia pancreatitis can be very severe and lead to death.
Because Januvia pancreatitis can occur in patients with no known risk factors, it is a good idea to be aware of the symptoms of pancreatitis if you or your loved one uses Januvia. According to the FDA:
“Because acute pancreatitis is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality, and early recognition is important in reducing adverse health outcomes, FDA is recommending revisions to the prescribing information to alert healthcare professionals to this potentially serious adverse drug event.”
Januvia Pancreatitis Symptoms
Most cases of pancreatitis are not life-threatening. However, individuals with Januvia pancreatitis symptoms should always be evaluated by a physician, because early symptoms of mild pancreatitis are indistinguishable from symptoms of life-threatening hemorrhagic or necrotizing pancreatitis.
Individuals who are suffering from acute pancreatitis often look and feel very sick. The first symptom is usually sudden, deep upper-abdominal pain that may radiate into the back. Individuals are often unable to eat and suffer nausea and vomiting.
Januvia pancreatitis symptoms include:
- Severe upper abdominal pain
- Pain that may radiate through the back
- Pain may grow worse after eating
- Decreased appetite
- Rapid heart-rate
- High blood pressure
- Abdominal tenderness
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