Incretin Mimetic Diabetes Drugs FAQ

Incretin mimetic diabetes drugs are becoming increasingly popular for people who suffer from type 2 diabetes. Not only do they increase insulin, but they can also make you lose weight.

However, incretin mimetic diabetes drugs are not without risks. Some of the side effects of taking an incretin mimetic diabetes drug can be severe and even life-threatening. If you suffer one of these side effects, you may be entitled to compensation from the drug's manufacturer or designer for the losses you have suffered.

The personal injury lawyers at Gilman & Bedigian answer some of the most frequently asked questions about these new drugs and how they can hurt you in the long run.

What are Incretin Mimetic Diabetes Drugs?

Incretin mimetic diabetes drugs are new treatments for type 2 diabetes. They mimic the incretin hormones that are supposed to be released during the digestive process. When the body is functioning normally, incretin hormones trigger the release of insulin when you eat. For people with diabetes, this process is compromised, leaving blood sugar levels unchecked. When those blood sugar levels rise, it can lead to type 2 diabetes, a debilitating disease that can alter your entire life.

By mimicking incretin hormones, these drugs trigger the release of insulin. This lowers blood sugar levels and prevents a chain reaction that would ordinarily lead to the release of the hormone glucagon, which in turn causes the liver to release even more sugar into the bloodstream. It also slows down the digestion process, leaving people taking an incretin mimicking drug feeling fuller and more satisfied during a meal, cutting down on the amount of food they eat.

Which Drugs are Incretin Mimetics?

There are a handful of brand name drugs that are incretin mimetic drugs for people with diabetes. They include:

  • Byetta
  • Victoza
  • Adlyxin
  • Trulicity
  • Bydureon
  • Ozempic

Together, these drugs are referred to as either incretin mimetics or as glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) agonists.

Why are Incretin Mimetics so Popular?

Incretin mimetics have become a popular treatment for type 2 diabetes because they can also help diabetics lose weight. By slowing down the digestive system and delaying the movement of food from the stomach into the small intestine, people taking incretin mimetics feel full more quickly after a meal. This cuts down on the amount they eat because they feel satisfied.

Even without active weight loss efforts, people with type 2 diabetes often lose three to six pounds when they take incretin mimetic diabetes drugs. Those who are actively trying to lose weight can lose nearly ten pounds over the course of the treatment.

One thing that deters many people with type 2 diabetes from taking incretin mimetic drugs, though, is the fact that these drugs still need to be injected to work.

What are the Serious Side Effects of Incretin Mimetic Diabetes Drugs?

Incretin mimetic diabetes drugs are not perfect. Some of the most serious side effects that they can cause include:

  • Hypoglycemia, or abnormally low blood sugar levels
  • Thyroid problems, including thyroid cancer
  • Heart failure

In some cases, these side effects can be life-threatening.

What Can I Do If I Get Hurt By One of These Side Effects?

If you are taking an incretin mimetic diabetes drug and suffer from one of the severe side effects, you may have legal options at your disposal. Choosing to take legal action could lead to compensation for the medical bills associated with your recovery from the side effects, as well as professional setbacks from your injuries and for your pain and suffering.

By filing a lawsuit against the company that developed the drug that hurt you, you can demand that they pay for the costs of the damage they have done.

What Kind of Lawsuit Would I File?

If you choose to pursue your legal rights in court, you would file a personal injury lawsuit against the company that developed or marketed the drug that hurt you. This personal injury lawsuit would be a products liability claim because it would argue that the incretin mimetic diabetes drug that you took was a defective pharmaceutical drug.

How Can Drugs Be Defective?

Drugs can be defective in three ways:

  1. They were designed in a way that put people unnecessarily at risk
  2. There was a mistake in the manufacturing process that led to some batches of the drug not complying with the drug's design
  3. The warnings about the dangers of the drug failed to adequately inform doctors and patients about the risks

Most defective drug cases fall into the first and the third categories – they either claim that the drug's design was poor, or that the warnings associated with a drug failed to inform people of the dangers taking it.

Do I Need a Lawyer to Raise My Rights If I Have Been Hurt by an Incretin Mimetic Diabetes Drug?

Defective drug cases are notoriously complex because they involve a technically advanced understanding of chemistry, biology, and the pharmaceutical industry. Cases like these rely heavily on expert witnesses from the medical field and a nuanced understanding of not just how prescription drugs work, but also how the regulatory and approval process works, as well. Out of all of the branches of personal injury law, products liability law – and especially defective drug law – is one of the most complicated and intense.

Defective Drug Lawyers at Gilman & Bedigian

The personal injury lawyers at Gilman & Bedigian regularly represent people who have taken drugs and suffered from the serious or life-threatening side effects that those drugs can cause. With their help, innocent patients have recovered the compensation that they need and deserve after following the directions of their doctor, only to find themselves suffering severe repercussions.

If you have type 2 diabetes, have taken an incretin mimetic diabetes drug, and have gotten hurt because of it, reach out to the defective drug lawyers at Gilman & Bedigian by contacting them online. You may be entitled to compensation that helps you recover from your ordeal and that holds the drug makers accountable for their poor conduct.

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