Saxenda is a member of the glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists that delivers an active compound called liraglutide. It is not listed as a controlled substance. Liraglutide was originally approved by the FDA in 2010 as an adjunct therapy to diet and exercise for the management of type 2 diabetes sold under the brand name Victoza.
But following clinical trial results, liraglutide, sold under the name Saxenda, gained approval in 2017 as a weight loss medication for people with a BMI of 30 or higher or for people with a BMI of 27 and higher who also have a metabolic health condition. Saxenda is not used to treat type 2 diabetes.
Saxenda, like Wegovy and Ozempic is a GLP-1 receptor agonist. CNN recently reported that at least two people, one taking Ozempic and the other taking Wegovy, have experienced more than just minor stomach issues; these individuals have been diagnosed with gastroparesis, or "paralyzed stomachs". Lawsuits continued to be filed which will ultimately be centralized before one court by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.
Contact Timothy L. Miles, a Sexenda lawyer in Nashville, today for a free case evaluation if you suffered severe Saxenda side effects, as you may be eligible for a Saxenda lawsuit.
WHAT IS SAXENDA?
Saxenda (liraglutide) is a brand-name drug prescribed for weight loss and long-term weight management, along with a healthy diet and exercise. Saxenda, like Wegovy and Ozempic, belongs to a drug class called glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists. Saxenda works by mimicking gut peptides, which help regulate blood sugar. Research has found that, in conjunction with appropriate lifestyle habits, these medications can help people lose significant weight or maintain weight loss. However, like other drugs in its class like Wegovy and Ozempic, Saxenda can have very serious side effects.
The most common side effects of Saxenda include: nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, tiredness, weakness, feeling dizzy stomach problems, difficulty sleeping, gallstones, reaction around the injection site, low blood sugar, and an increase in pancreatic enzymes.
Additionally, Saxenda presents the same serious weight loss drug side effects including: gastrointestinal side effects, a paralyzed stomach, and other Saxenda side effects.
If you or someone you know has suffered severe Saxenda side effects, you may be eligible for a Saxenda lawsuit and possibly be entitled to substantial compensation.
WHAT ARE THE SAXENDA SIDE EFFECTS?
According to the company, the most common side effects of Saxenda are nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, tiredness, weakness, feeling dizzy stomach problems, difficulty sleeping, gallstones, reaction around the injection site, low blood sugar, and an increase in pancreatic enzymes. Other more serious Saxenda side effects include:
WHAT ABOUT SAXENDA AND PANCREATITIS?
As noted above, Pancreatitis is listed as a serious Saxenda side effect and there have been numerous individuals taking weight loss drugs in the same class as Saxenda who have developed pancreatitis. The reason why those who took Saxenda and developed Pancreatitis is because weight loss drugs such as Saxenda are GLP-1 receptor agonists and work by stimulating the pancreas to make insulin. As explained by Dr. Rekha B. Kumar, associate professor of medicine at Cornell and Chief Medical Officer at Found, in an article in Healthline, “It is . . . more common in patients with other risk factors for pancreatitis – prior history of pancreatitis, high triglycerides, high alcohol intake, or other genetic predispositions to pancreatitis[.]”
Dawn Gentle took Ozempic from 2018 to 2021 to help manage her type 2 diabetes. In 2021, she had to be rushed to the emergency room as a result of experiencing extreme abdominal pain. After several tests, she was diagnosed with pancreatitis. She stated that “I found out about this side effect after I was rushed to the emergency room at the hospital. The doctor asked me about the medications that I was taking for my diabetes. When I informed him about taking Ozempic, he said to ‘stop taking that drug right away.’ It had caused my pancreatitis[.]” (emphasis added).
After undergoing numerous tests for her abdominal pain, she learned not only did she have pancreatitis, but doctors found a cancerous tumor at the end of her pancreas. “When I asked the doctor if it was also caused by taking Ozempic, he was nice enough to inform me that it was strongly possible[.]” she said. Gentle also stated that as a result of her experience, if she had known about the side effects and how severe they could be, she would have never taken Ozempic.
Contact a Nashville Saxenda lawyer today, if you took Saxenda and developed Pancreatitis.
LONG TERM SAXENDA SIDE EFFECTS
Examples of long term Saxenda side effects that may occur with this drug include:
OTHER SERIOUS SAXENDA STOMACH SIDE EFFECTS
Some people who have taken Saxenda have developed Saxenda stomach side effects, including, but not limited to, a paralyzed stomach, serious Saxenda gastrointestinal side effects, and other Saxenda stomach side effects. Other serious side effects of Saxenda include inflammation of the pancreas, changes in vision, hypoglycemia, gallbladder issues, kidney failure and severe allergic reactions.
According to Dr. Meera Shah, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic, nausea is the most recurrent symptom she observes in her patients. The next most encountered are abdominal pain, constipation, and diarrhea. According to Dr. Shah, the most severe complications she sees in patients are pancreatitis and gallbladder issues, both of which are serious conditions that can lead to hospitalization. Furthermore, Dr. Shay states that "at least 10% of patients who start these drugs have to be taken off of them because the side effects do not improve." (emphasis added).
Additionally, some doctors have reported patients on Ozempic (also a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonist like Saxenda) appetites have become so suppressed, they have experienced malnutrition, and are taking multivitamins or protein supplements in addition to Ozempic as a result of not getting the proper amount of nutrients they need from food.
CNN recently reported that at least two people taking the same class of drugs, one taking Ozempic and the other taking Wegovy, have experienced more than just minor stomach issues; these individuals have been diagnosed with gastroparesis, or "paralyzed stomachs".
WHAT ARE THE SAXENDA GASTROINTESTINAL SIDE EFFECTS?
Saxenda and Stomach Paralysis:
Gastroparesis, otherwise known as stomach paralysis, is a condition where the stomach muscles cannot move as they should, making it hard for the stomach to empty its contents. This slower emptying can be beneficial for those taking Saxenda, as it helps them to lose weight, but it can lead to a more severe impairment of gastric emptying in some cases. Symptoms of Gastroparesis caused by Saxenda include: nausea, vomiting, feeling full quickly after eating, abdominal bloating, and abdominal pain.
Saxenda and Acute Gallbladder Disease:
Use of GLP-1 receptor agonists such as Saxenda is associated with an increased risk of gallbladder disease or bile duct disease. This could include cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) and cholelithiasis (gallstones). The precise cause of Saxenda causing this is uncertain, but it is believed that the drug slows the emptying of the gallbladder. When the gallbladder does not empty regularly or completely, it can lead to a concentration of bile, raising the possibility of gallstones. The stones can then block the bile ducts, causing inflammation or infection in the gallbladder that might require removal. Those with gallbladder disease may experience severe pain in the upper right or middle of their abdomen. This pain could be regular or intermittent and is often accompanied by severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and fever.
HOW DOES SAXENDA AND SAXENDA SIDE EFFECTS, AFFECT THE BODY?
According to Novo Nordisk, gastrointestinal (GI), events are “well-known side effects of the GLP-1 class."
“For semaglutide, the majority of GI side effects are mild to moderate in severity and of short duration,” Novo Nordisk said. “GLP-1’s are known to cause a delay in gastric emptying, as noted in the label of each of our GLP-1 RA medications. Symptoms of delayed gastric emptying, nausea, and vomiting are listed as side effects.”
While Saxenda and other similar weight loss drugs have been hailed as a miracle, the drug, unfortunately, has an impact on the body’s hormones. It mimics a hormone called GLP-1, which regulates insulin and keeps food in your stomach longer. Digestion is aided by a contraction of the stomach muscles, which helps empty the food out of your stomach. But when food stays in your stomach for too long, or the muscles slow down too much, it can cause intense nausea.
CONTACT NASHVILLE SAXENDA LAWYER TIMOTHY L. MILES TODAY TO SEE IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A SAXENDA LAWSUIT IF YOU SUFFERED SAXENDA SIDE EFFECTS.
Contact Nashville Saxenda Lawyer Timothy L. Miles today if you suffered severe Saxenda side effects. You may be eligible for a Saxenda lawsuit and possibly be entitled to substantial compensation.
While there is still time to file a lawsuit, be mindful that these cases are time-sensitive, and give us a call today.
Nashville attorney Timothy L. Miles is a nationally recognized shareholder rights attorney raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Miles has dedicated his career to representing shareholders, employees, and consumers in complex class-action litigation. Whether serving as lead, co-lead, or liaison counsel, Mr. Miles has helped recover hundreds of millions of dollars for defrauded investors, shaped precedent-setting decisions, and delivered real corporate governance reforms. Judges and peers have repeatedly recognized Mr. Miles’ relentless advocacy for the underdog, as well as his unbendable ethical standards. Mr. Miles was recently selected by Martindale-Hubbell® and ALM as a 2022 Top Ranked Lawyer, 2022 Top Rated Litigator. and a 2022 Elite Lawyer of the South. Mr. Miles also maintains the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, their highest rating for both legal ability and ethics. Mr. Miles is a member of the prestigious Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers: The National Trial Lawyers Association,Class Action: Class Action: Top 9National Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers Association (2023), a superb rated attorney by Avvo, a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by Premier Lawyers of America (2019) and recognized as a Distinguished Lawyer, Recognizing Excellence in Securities Law, by Lawyers of Distinction (2019); a Top Rated Litigator by Martindale-Hubbell® and ALM (2019-2022); America’s Most Honored Lawyers 2020 – Top 1% by America’s Most Honored (2020-2022). Mr. Miles has published over sixty articles on various issues of the law, including class actions, whistleblower cases, products liability, civil procedure, derivative actions, corporate takeover litigation, corporate formation, mass torts, dangerous drugs, and more. Please visit our website or call for free anytime.
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