Information About Byetta
After several August 2008 deaths, with additional victims hospitalized with hemorrhagic pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas with bleeding) or necrotizing pancreatitis (where the inflamed pancreas destroys itself), the FDA saw fit to strengthen the warning labels on the diabetes drug Byetta. All of the decedents and all of the hospitalized patients were on Byetta.
Doctors urge that Byetta should be immediately discontinued when pancreatitis is suspected. The label is currently being revamped, but the current version warns that:
Post marketing cases of acute pancreatitis have been reported in patients treated with Byetta. Patients should be informed that persistent severe abdominal pain, which may be accompanied by vomiting, is the hallmark symptom of acute pancreatitis. If pancreatitis is suspected, Byetta and other potentially suspect drugs should be discontinued, confirmatory tests performed and appropriate treatment initiated. Resuming treatment with Byetta is not recommended if pancreatitis is confirmed and an alternative etiology for the pancreatitis has not been identified.
Symptoms of pancreatitis, a potentially serious condition that requires prompt medical attention, include unexplained, severe abdominal pain, with or without nausea and vomiting. Patients experiencing these symptoms and taking Byetta should seek medical care immediately.
The Nature Of Pancreatitis
The pancreas releases enzymes to help your body digest food and releases hormones, such as insulin, which help regulate your blood glucose (sugar). Pancreatitis means inflammation of the pancreas.
Acute pancreatitis often sets in after damage to the pancreas has begun. Attacks are usually very mild, but about 20 percent of them are quite severe. An attack lasts a short time and usually resolves completely as the pancreas resumes normal function. Some people have one attack only; other people may have more than one attack. In either case, the pancreas returns to its normal state.
Acute pancreatitis comes on quickly, usually with mild to severe pain in your upper abdomen that may radiate to your back and even to your chest. The pain may be nearly constant for hours or even days.
Other signs and symptoms of acute pancreatitis include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid pulse
- Swollen, tender abdomen
In severe cases:
- Low blood pressure
- Internal bleeding
Chronic pancreatitis begins as acute pancreatitis. If the pancreas becomes scarred during the attack of acute pancreatitis, it cannot return to its normal state. Damage continues, worsening over time, and symptoms can include those above, including weight loss.
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