Diabetes drug Ozempic® and similar medicines are growing in popularity with people searching for an effective appetite suppressant. While Ozempic is often praised for its off-label use as a weight loss aid, people who use it for long periods may risk health problems, including intestinal blockages and stomach paralysis. Wegovy®, a higher-dose version of Ozempic that is FDA-approved to treat obesity, may also cause life-altering effects.
If you or a loved one suffered pancreatic cancer, intestinal blockage or stomach paralysis/gastroparesis after taking Ozempic, Wegovy or another GLP-1 Receptor drug for diabetes or weight loss, you may have a claim. Complete this webform or call 1.800.768.4026 to contact attorney Sara Couch for more information or to discuss a potential claim.
Potential health problems
The FDA announced in 2023 that complaints made through the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) indicate potential safety concerns for these drugs. This includes the risk of intestinal blockage, which can be serious and life-threatening.
Published studies show patients taking semaglutide drugs such as Wegovy and Ozempic have an increased risk of intestinal obstructions. The risks of intestinal obstruction – a potentially fatal condition that often requires surgery – have been shown to increase by 3.5 to 4.5 times in patients taking GLP-1 receptors. The FDA is now evaluating whether additional warnings are needed because of the intestinal obstruction reports.
Doctors have also recently reported patients with stomach paralysis, also called gastroparesis. Stomach paralysis prevents the stomach’s nerves and muscles from working properly and results in food sitting too long in the stomach.
Why Act Now?
If you believe that you have a claim, consider contacting an attorney as soon as possible. A statute of limitations (SOL) may limit the time you have to file a claim. If you do not file your claim within the SOL, you may lose it forever.
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