If your doctor has prescribed you the type 2 diabetes medication Onglyza, you’re probably curious about the drug, how effective it is, what are the side effects, and more. Below, our Onglyza side effect lawyers answer some of the questions most commonly asked by our clients.
A: Onglyza is the brand name for the prescription drug saxagliptin. It is classified as a Dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitor. It was developed and marketed by the Swedish-British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. It was approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2009.
A: Onglyza is prescribed to keep the levels of blood glucose sugar from spiking in patients with type 2 diabetes.
A: Onglyza comes in tablet form, and it should be taken by mouth at the same time each day, as directed by your doctor. You cannot cut the tablets in half. Do not crush or chew the tablets. Onglyza can be taken with or without food. It can also be taken in combination with other type 2 diabetes medications your doctor may prescribe.
A: Onglyza keeps your blood glucose levels in check by stimulating your pancreas gland to produce more insulin while limiting the amount of glucose your liver produces.
A: Before taking Onglyza, you should tell your physician the following:
- What other medications you are currently taking.
- If you have or have ever had gallstones, a history of alcoholism, high blood triglyceride levels, or inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis).
- If you have kidney problems. Your physician may have to adjust your dosage if your kidney isn’t functioning properly.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to Onglyza or any other Dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitor to regulate high blood glucose.
- If you have type 1 diabetes. Onglyza should not be used to treat type 1 diabetes.
- If you have a history of or risk for diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in your urine or blood).
- If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if taking Onglyza will harm your unborn child, but you should let your doctor know. Your doctor may have other ways of controlling your blood glucose levels while you are pregnant.
- If you are breastfeeding or plan on breastfeeding while taking Onglyza. The medication may be passed on to the child through breast feeding.
A: Many side effects have been attributed to Onglyza use, including:
- Upper respiratory tract infection
- Urinary tract infection
- Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatisis)–this is a serious condition that can lead to permanent injury and even death
- Pain in the abdomen
- Pancreatic cancer
- Heart failure
- Skin reactions
- Thyroid cancer
A: Follow these four steps:
- Stop taking the medication
- Call the physician who prescribed the medication to you
- Seek medical attention
- Contact a pharmaceutical injury attorney
A: Absolutely. If any side effects at all can be linked to your use of this medication, you may have grounds for filing an injury lawsuit Onglyza’s manufacturer, AstraZeneca. If you have lost a loved one who had been prescribed Onglyza, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against AstraZeneca.
A: In a pharmaceutical injury claim, you may recover the costs of all your current and future medical bills, lost wages, damages for pain and suffering, permanent injury or disability, loss of career or earning capacity, damages for loss of joy of life, punitive damages, wrongful death damages for the loss of a loved one, and more.
A: Pharmaceutical companies have very deep pockets and their insurers enlist platoons of litigators to reduce the amounts of settlement they’re sued for. To get a settlement worthy of you and your family’s suffering, you will need a skilled and aggressive attorney handling your case. Farah & Farah has fought against large corporations on the behalf of injury victims for decades.
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