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Januvia Type II Diabetes Cancer Side Effects

Januvia was introduced by Merck Pharmaceuticals in 2006 to help those with type II diabetes control high blood sugar levels. Since then, it has been prescribed for over 10 million people in 80 countries.  However, experts have now noted a risk of serious Januvia side effects.

Merck has listed the following common side effects of Januvia that could occur in varying degrees:

  • Headache
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain
  • Upper respiratory infection
  • Stuffy or runny nose and sore throat
  • Blood work shows elevated liver enzymes

In the past few years, however, studies have shown that Januvia may also be linked to pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer. Anybody taking the drug should monitor for signs of these potential Januvia side effects as both can be serious and pancreatic cancer is a leading cause of cancer death.

Some of the traditional symptoms of pancreatic cancer include:

  • Weight Loss
  • Persistent loss of appetite
  • Pain in the upper abdomen sometimes radiating to the back
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes) with Itching
  • Dark urine or light colored stools
  • Nausea, diarrhea
  • Bloating and swelling of the abdomen
  • Blood clots

Common symptoms of thyroid cancer include:

  • Lump or nodule in front of neck
  • Persistent or chronic cough
  • Hoarseness, voice changes
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain in neck/throat, including pain from neck to ears
  • Neck Sensitivity (Discomfort  from ties, necklaces)
  • Asymmetry in the thyroid (front of neck)

Notify your physician immediately if you have experienced any of these symptoms. Since Merck has not warned patients of these possible Januvia side effects, those affected may be able to receive substantial compensation to help with their losses. Attorneys are offering consultations to those injured.

If you or a family member were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer after taking Januvia, it is important to learn about your legal rights as quickly as possible. Time to file a claim is limited from one state to another. Contact us today to speak with a lawyer.

Januvia was linked with cancer in 2011 after researchers at UCLA discovered subjects given the drug were 600% more likely to develop pancreatitis, 270% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer and 148% as likely to suffer from thyroid cancer. This year, both the American Medical Association and FDA have advised that Januvia side effects could be linked to cancer.

Now, due to the growing number of claims, lawyers are trying to consolidate all cancer lawsuits for Januvia into a central federal court specialized for drug injuries. If you or a loved one has been affected by thyroid or pancreatic cancer, a lawyer can discuss your case to let you know whether help is available and how long you have to file a claim.

Due to the complex nature of defective drug injury lawsuits, it is important to choose a law firm that has the experience and resources to fight large pharmaceutical corporations. DrugNews only recommends lawyers that have already handled Januvia lawsuits.

For more information on the research, side effects, and litigation related to Januvia, or to speak with a lawyer, contact us today. We are available to help 24 hours a day.