Our Rhode Island dangerous drug lawyers often warn consumers about prescription medications that might cause serious and life-changing health problems. Onglyza is one of them. Onglyza is a drug manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca to treat type 2 diabetes. A number of medical studies now show that this particular drug could increase a patient’s risk for heart failure and other medical conditions. So far, hundreds of Onglyza lawsuits have been filed nationwide alleging that patients have suffered serious side effects after taking the drug and they were not sufficiently warned about the potential dangers.
FDA Recommends Warnings For Onglyza Side Effects
Onglyza was first approved by the FDA in 2009. Since then it has been widely used, however, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently recommended that the manufacturer warn consumers of the potential side effects, particularly its connection to the increased risk of heart failure. This step was taken after a 2013 study showed that patients given the drug may be more likely to be hospitalized for heart failure. This study showed an elevated risk of heart failure for those taking the drug from observing that 3.5 percent of Onglyza users suffered heart failure compared to 2.8 percent of those given a placebo in its place.
What Are Some Other Serious Onglyza Side Effects?
Here are some of the most concerning side effects from taking Onglyza:
- Heart failure: Signs of heart failure may include fatigue, swelling, nausea, increased urination and shortness of breath.
- Deceased kidney function: This occurs when the kidneys do not properly filter out waste products from the blood.
- Pancreatitis: This acute condition involves the swelling of the pancreas. This condition could become life threatening.
- Severe joint pain: This type of problem can considerably decrease the patient’s quality of life.
- Death: Death could occur particularly if the patient does not get prompt medical attention.
Speak With an Onglyza Lawyer
Patients with type 2 diabetes should be fully warned about the risks of the medications that they take so they can make informed choices and decisions. This is especially true when the manufacturer has been informed by credible sources that their medication might be harmful. Manufacturers who make harmful products and fail to inform consumers about the dangers of using these products should be held accountable.
If you or someone you know has suffered side effects after taking Onglyza, speak with an Onglyza lawyer at d’Oliveira & Associates today. You may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our firm is working with experienced Onglyza lawyers who are investigating these cases. They may be able to file an Onglyza lawsuit for you and they charge no fee unless you win an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.