Type 2 Diabetes Drugs
No one wants to believe that the medication they’re taking could make an ailment even worse. This is especially true when the medication is meant to help with something as potentially serious as type 2 diabetes and when making it worse could mean death. Below are some examples of drugs you’ll want to know about because of these very risks.
Treating Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes is a condition wherein your body produces blood glucose levels far above what are needed. Type 2 diabetes is by far the most common form and is a result of the body being unable to use insulin correctly. This insulin resistance means that, over time, the pancreas can’t make sufficient levels for normal functioning.
There are some ways to treat type 2 diabetes, and even more, medications have been invented to do so. In general, which one a patient will be described will depend on some other factors.
The following prescription drugs may be popular, but they have also been the subject of lawsuits because of potential connections they have with serious side effects.
Invokana is a diabetes medication taken orally that is designed to help control blood sugar levels. To do this, it assists with the kidneys cleaning the bloodstream of glucose.
It may also lead to kidney failure, heart attacks, and ketoacidosis. That last condition occurs when a high amount of ketones (toxic acids that are the result of the body burning fat instead of glucose) are produced and allowed into the bloodstream. The result could be a diabetic coma and even death.
Actos is known as an “insulin sensitizer.” By itself, it will not result in lower blood glucose. However, doctors still prescribe it because the drug is effective at reducing how much glucose is released by the liver.
Unfortunately, that may be where the good news ends. That’s because some medical studies have suggested a connection between Actos and the development of bladder cancer. Heart failure may also result as a consequence of taking Actos.
Thousands of people have filed lawsuits against its manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals and, in April 2015, they settled roughly 9,000 of them for a reported $2.37 billion.
Janumet, Byetta, Januvia and Victoza Lawsuits
Four very popular prescriptions for those with type 2 diabetes are Janumet, Byetta, Januvia, and Victoza. However, they have also all been linked to very serious side effects. Specifically, it seems that taking these drugs may put the person’s pancreas at risk. Both pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer risks increase according to many reports.
These drugs were approved between 2005 and 2010 by the FDA. Since that time, though, the FDA has issued warnings connecting them to the serious complications we just mentioned. Furthermore, there may be evidence that suggests their respective manufacturers knew about these problems and only decided not to say anything. This is what many of the lawsuits claim, anyway. Nonetheless, these pharmaceuticals all remain on the market.
Unlike the other ones we just looked at, Lipitor is being included because it may increase the likelihood of an otherwise healthy person developing type 2 diabetes, not because it’s meant to treat the condition in the first place.
Lipitor is an extremely popular drug manufactured by Pfizer. In fact, Lipitor is the top-selling prescription drug throughout the entire world. The pharmaceutical giant behind it markets the drug as a way of reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke while also lowering cholesterol.
Recently, though, more and more studies have provided a link between Lipitor and serious side effects. In 2012, the FDA even released a warning about Lipitor and other drugs taken to reduce cholesterol. Simply put, they said that Lipitor might increase blood sugar levels and, in the process, give the person type-2 diabetes.
Since then, Pfizer has been forced to add warnings to this popular drug. Still, the company has been sued thousands of times by those who learned about the risk too late.
Type 2 Diabetes Lawsuits
If you believe you have developed type 2 diabetes because of taking Lipitor or another condition because of being prescribed one of the above, speak to a medical professional right way. If they confirm your fears, then you need to talk with a lawyer who has handled this type of case before.