Drug Byetta Linked to Kidney Problems by FDA
a commonly prescribed diabetes drug, has been linked to kidney and pancreas
2 diabetics taking Byetta, a drug that promises to lower blood sugar, may
be at increased risk for serious kidney problems, the U.S. Food and Drug
administration said in November.
can include kidney failure, which can in some cases lead to death. After
just two years on the market, the drug was linked in 2007 to an increased
risk of pancreatitis, a potentially fatal inflammation of the pancreas.
seven million prescriptions for Byetta were written between the drug's debut
in 2005 and September of 2008. The injected drug is popular among both doctors
and users because it's easier to administer than insulin and it causes weight
loss in some patients.
common side effects people taking Byetta experience include nausea, vomiting
and diarrhea. The FDA says the side effects may have contributed to the
deterioration in kidney function in the 78 reports of kidney problems. When
a kidney malfunctions, it can result in increased levels of waste products
in the blood, leading to significant illness or even life-threatening conditions.
doctors and patients better understand the known benefits and risks of Byetta,
the FDA has worked with Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc., the San Diego-based
makers of Byetta, to update the drug's label.
warned Byetta users to be aware that kidney problems can lead to changes
in the color of your urine, the frequency of urination or the amount expelled,
swelling of the feet or hands, fatigue, alterations in appetite or digestion,
and dull pain in your mid to lower back.
who takes Byetta and experiences any of these symptoms should immediately
consult their doctor.
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