If your personal physician has prescribed Onglyza for you, you’ve probably got a lot of questions about the medication, how it works, and what it’s possible side effects are. Onglyza has been linked to serious medical complications and injuries. You need to speak with a pharmaceutical litigation attorneys if you’ve recently used Onglyza.
Farah & Farah’s Onglyza injury lawyers are currently investigating pharmaceutical injury claims nationwide. We have successfully represented injury victims since 1979. Don’t hesitate to call us for a free consultation at (800) 533-3555.
The History of Onglyza
Onglyza is the brand name for the drug saxagliptin. It is classified as a Dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitor. It is similar to the medications Januvia, Trajenta, Combiglyze, Janumet, and Jentadueto. Onglyza was developed by the multinational Swedish-British pharmaceutical manufacturer AstraZeneca. The medication was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009. Since its approval, Onglyza has become a widely prescribed medication to help control blood glucose (blood sugar) in patients suffering from type 2 diabetes.
How Onglyza Regulates Blood Glucose
Onglyza regulates blood glucose by elevating the amount of two incretin hormones that the body naturally produces after we eat. These are glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide (GIP). GLP-1 and GIP work in two ways. First, they stimulate the pancreas gland to produce insulin in response to rising levels of glucose in the blood. Insulin makes the body’s cells remove glucose from the blood. GLP-1 also reduces the amount of the hormone glucagon, a type of glucose produced by the liver. A naturally occurring enzyme called dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) usually breaks down GIP and GLP-1. What Onglyza or saxagliptin does is bind to the enzyme DDP-4 and neutralizes it, preventing it from breaking down GIP and GLP-1 and allowing them to continue to control blood glucose.
Confused? Simply put, Onglyza stimulates more insulin production from the pancreas and inhibits production of glucose by the liver.
What Are The Risks of Taking Onglyza?
With so many patients regularly taking Onglyza, there are great concerns about long-term dangers because of the potential side effects. Some studies have linked Onglyza to the following side effects:
- Heart failure (a 2014 study of 16,000 patients found that a shocking 27 percent more patients treated with Onglyza were hospitalized for heart failure than the control group who did not take the drug)
- Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- Pancreatisis (inflammation of the pancreas, a serious condition that can lead to permanent injury and even death)
- Abdominal pain
- Skin reactions (such as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome)
- Upper respiratory tract infection
- Urinary tract infection
- Thyroid cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
What Should I Do If I Have Side Effect?
If you begin to notice any of the above mentioned side effects, stop taking Onglyza immediately and call the doctor who prescribed the medication to you. If need be, seek medical attention at a nearby hospital or urgent care facility. Once your condition is stabilized, you need to contact a pharmaceutical litigation attorney.
Do I Have Grounds For A Lawsuit?
If your side effects are related to your use of Onglyza, you definitely have grounds for a lawsuit. Contact Farah & Farah to discuss your situation. You may be able to pursue a financial settlement that helps you heal and move on.
What Kind of Damages Can I Claim?
Depending on the severity and extent of your Onglyza related injury, you can claim any of the following damages:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical bills (such as corrective surgeries and other medical treatments)
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional duress
- The costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Permanent injury or disability
- Lost wages
- Loss of career or earning capacity
- Reduced earning capacity
- Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life
- Punitive damages
Do I Have To Have an Onglyza Attorney To File a Claim?
Technically, no. Anyone can file a pharmaceutical litigation claim. The question should be, “Do I need an attorney to file a successful claim?” The answer to that question would be yes. Pharmaceutical manufacturers are giant corporations, insulated by insurance companies and armies of lawyers. It takes a skilled, aggressive, and tenacious legal team to break through their defense and secure a settlement.
Contact Our Onglyza Attorneys Today
Farah & Farah has successfully represented injured people for over 35 years. We are now investigating Onglyza related injury claims nationwide. To get the settlement you deserve, call the pharmaceutical litigation lawyers at Farah & Farah today for a free consultation at (800) 533-3555.