Byetta is a type 2 diabetes medication that comes in an injectable form and was introduced to the market in 2005. Effective as it may seem, the drug has dangerous side effects including pancreatic cancer – the very reason the manufacturer has been bombarded with lawsuits. Despite this fatal danger, doctors still widely prescribe Byetta as a diabetes medication.
Byetta works by slowing down the rise of blood glucose in the stomach, suppressing its release from the liver. It then stimulates the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas which produces more insulin.
Byetta consumption comes with certain precautions.
- It should not be taken by anyone who has severe kidney problems.
- It should not be taken as alternative to insulin.
Shortly, after the medication’s approval from the Food and Drug Administration in 2005, there were alleged reports stating its link to pancreatitis and by October 2007, the FDA issued its first Byetta pancreatitis warning to the public when 30 Byetta users were diagnosed with acute pancreatitis after taking the drug. Severe stomach pain and vomiting may be signs of drug-induced acute pancreatitis.
The FDA also noted drowsiness, headache, weakness, dizziness, irritability, confusion, hunger, palpitation, vomiting, diarrhea and jitters as the drug’s minor adverse effects. Severe stomach pain and vomiting may be signs of drug-induced acute pancreatitis.
Byetta is marketed by Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca which generated more than $149 million in revenue from the drug in 2012 alone.
Those who have been affected by Byetta‘s negative side effects are encouraged to step forward and seek legal advice. You may be awarded compensation for your damages.