Pancreatitis treatment options vary depending on the severity of the disease. Mild cases are usually curable with fasting (not eating or drinking anything), which can reduce inflammation by giving the pancreas time to rest.
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Januvia Pancreatitis Treatment
The goal of Januvia pancreatitis treatment is to reduce inflammation in the pancreas. If inflammation cannot be controlled, severe and life-threatening complications can occur — including hemorrhagic pancreatitis and necrotizing pancreatitis. Januvia has been linked to two cases of hemorrhagic and necrotizing pancreatitis, and 88 cases of acute pancreatitis.
Januvia pancreatitis treatment becomes far more complex when there is bleeding and/or tissue death (necrosis) in the pancreas. The damaged pancreas may release powerful digestive enzymes into the abdomen, which can cause tissue damage, organ damage, infection, sepsis, organ failure, and death.
In the hospital, early Januvia pancreatitis treatment will likely involve:
- Fasting: The patient stops eating and drinking for at least 3 days to give the pancreas a chance to rest, heal, and reduce inflammation
- Intravenous (IV) Therapy: This treatment delivers liquids (fluids, nutrients, pain medications, antibiotics, and other drugs) through a tube in the patient’s arm.
The patient’s time in the hospital will vary depending on whether the inflammation goes down. If the inflammation is not reduced for more than two weeks, there is a 30% risk of infection. After four weeks, the risk of infection increases to 70%.
Surgical Treatment of Pancreatitis
Necrotic (dead) pancreatic tissue usually must be removed with surgery if it becomes infected. During the operation, the surgeons may also drain the abdomen of liquefied tissue, infected fluids (pus), digestive enzymes, and other accumulated fluids. They may place a shunt to allow these fluids to drain after the operation.
Januvia Pancreatitis Drug Treatment
Treatment for Januvia pancreatitis may involve the following types of drugs, though the treatment for each individual with this disease will vary:
- Pain medications
- Antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection
- Fluids and nutrition
- Intravenous drugs to balance electrolytes and blood chemistry
- Digestive enzyme supplements
- Insulin (drug treatment of diabetes)
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