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I have read that the FDA is investigating the diabetes drug Byetta because of a link to acute pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. What are the signs of Byetta pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer?

Byetta is an incretin mimetic. That means it mimics the actions of the hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), a hormone that regulates insulin and controls appetite. Byetta is very effective at treating diabetes; unfortunately, it has been linked to dangerous side-effects including acute pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. It is important that anyone taking Byetta be aware of the symptoms of these dangerous conditions.

Signs and Symptoms of Acute Pancreatitis

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Indigestion
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Tenderness in the abdomen
  • Pain in the upper abdomen
  • Pain anywhere in the abdomen that radiates to the back
  • Abdominal pain that gets worse after eating

Signs and Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Pain in the upper abdomen
  • Pain anywhere in the abdomen that radiates to the back
  • Yellowing of the skin
  • Yellowing of the whites of the eyes
  • Blood clots
  • Depression

Patients taking Byetta for the treatment of diabetes should see a doctor immediately if they experience any of these symptoms. Both pancreatic and pancreatic cancer can be fatal.

If you or someone you love has suffered from Byetta pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer, you deserve justice. The Iowa pharmaceutical injury lawyers at Hupy and Abraham are working to hold Amylin Pharmaceutical and Eli Lilly and Company accountable for the dangerous side-effects of the drug. To learn how you can take place in a Byetta class action lawsuit, contact our Des Moines prescription drug injury lawyers at 800-800-5678. The initial consultation is free.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham