If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, then you may have been prescribed Onglyza to treat your symptoms. While many individuals see beneficial results from Onglyza use, some experience devastating side effects from this drug.
What is Onglyza?
Onglyza (saxagliptin) and a similar drug named Kombiglyze XR (saxagliptin and metformin) are medications created by AstraZeneca and Bristol Myers Squibb which were introduced to treat type 2 diabetes. The drugs work by increasing insulin levels when blood sugar is high, which decreases the amount of sugar produced by the body.
Potential Heart Failure from Taking Onglyza
Onglyza was widely prescribed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes due to its success in increasing insulin levels. AstraZeneca has come under fire after a clinical study published by the New England Journal of Medicine suggested that Onglyza increased the risk of heart failure by over 25%. As a result, in 2016 the FDA ordered AstraZeneca to advertise the increased risk of heart failure on both Onglyza’s and Kombiglyze XR’s warning labels.
Heart failure refers to a condition in which the heart is unable to pump blood sufficiently. Symptoms of heart failure include:
- Shortness of breath during normal activity
- Difficulty breathing
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Rapid heartbeat
- Fatigue and muscle weakness
Since the discovery of the link between Onglyza use and heart failure, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against AstraZeneca by individuals who have suffered heart failure after taking Onglyza. These lawsuits allege that AstraZeneca acted negligently by marketing a defective drug, and then failed to warn individuals of the potential correlation between Onglyza and heart failure.
Additional Side Effects of Onglyza
In addition to heart failure, Onglyza has also been linked to several other serious side effects. Those who have taken Onglyza have experienced:
- Severe stomach pain;
- Pain and burning while urinating;
- Swelling of extremities such as hands and feet;
- Increased bruising and bleeding;
- Pancreatitis; and
- Pancreatic cancer
Recoverable Compensation in a Products Liability Lawsuit
If you have suffered heart failure or other serious complications after being prescribed Onglyza, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. A bad drug lawsuit can provide financial compensation, otherwise known as “damages,” for:
- Medical bills which you incurred as a result of side effects from taking Onglyza;
- Lost wages from missing work due to illness;
- Physical pain which you suffered as a result of side effects of Onglyza;
- Emotional suffering which you experienced as a result of your side effects, including depression and anxiety.
Have You Been Affected by Onglyza? We Can Help
If you develop symptoms of heart failure after taking Onglyza to treat your type 2 diabetes, seek immediate medical attention from a doctor or hospital. If you believe that your symptoms are caused by Onglyza, you may have a claim against AstraZeneca for your injuries. The team of personal injury attorneys at Ron Bell Injury Lawyers are dedicated to helping you recover compensation that you deserve for the injuries that you wrongfully suffered due to taking Onglyza. To learn more about Onglyza lawsuits, call (505) 898-2355 today.