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Januvia Side Effects

side effects of januviaJanuvia has been prescribed to millions of people in over 80 countries since it was released in 2006 to help control high blood sugar levels associated with type-2 diabetes. However, experts have warned that the drug may also carry serious health risks.

Merck, the drug’s manufacturer, has advised of several Januvia side effects that may occur from use, such as:

  • Rash or hives
  • Swelling of the face, lips or tongue
  • Sore or swollen throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Kidney problems, and
  • Pancreatitis

More recently, studies have shown that Januvia side effects may also be linked to pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer. These severe conditions attack the pancreas and thyroid. While thyroid cancer is less threatening, pancreatic cancer is a leading cause of cancer death.

Common symptoms of pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer include:

  • Weight loss
  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain in the upper abdomen which may radiate to the back
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
  • Blood clots
  • Pain in the neck, trouble breathing or swallowing

If you have experienced any of these Januvia side effects, it is important to speak with your doctor immediately.

In addition, you may qualify for substantial compensation from a legal claim. Due to Merck’s delay of important safety tests and failure to properly warn of these dangers, lawyers are helping those affected seek recovery.

If you or a loved one were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer after taking Januvia, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal rights as soon as possible. Time to file a claim is limited. Contact us today.

In 2009, the FDA ordered Merck to add additional Januvia side effects to the drug label due to health concerns. However, studies now show patients may also face even more serious risks.

In 2011, a study from UCLA linked the use of diabetes drugs like Januvia to as much as a 600% increased risk of pancreatitis, 270% increased risk of pancreatic cancer and 148% increased risk of thyroid cancer.

In February of 2013, the Journal for the American Medical Association published a new study indicating drugs like Januvia could double the risk of pancreatitis, also leading to higher risks of pancreatic cancer and kidney failure.

Such side effects may have been identified sooner, when the FDA ordered Merck to conduct new safety tests on Januvia in 2009. However, the agency reprimanded the drug maker in 2012 for delaying the testing.

If you or a family member have been affected by thyroid or pancreatic cancer, a lawyer can discuss your case today at no charge to let you know what compensation is available and how long you have to take action.

Due to the complexity of defective drug injury lawsuits, it is important to choose a lawyer with experience in this type of case. DrugRisk only recommends lawyers and law firms that have already handled diabetes drug cancer lawsuits or Januvia lawsuits.

Contact us today for more information on the warnings, research, side effects and legal news related to Januvia and other diabetes drugs, or to speak with a lawyer. We are available 24 hours a day to help.