Saxenda Lawsuit Attorneys

Saxenda, a medication originally used to treat diabetes, has been linked to diagnoses of gastroparesis. Our Pensacola, Florida law firm, Stevenson Klotz Injury Attorneys, is currently reviewing claims for damages after taking Saxenda. Contact us to learn about your legal options for filing a lawsuit against the manufacturers of Saxenda.

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Recently, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association detailed what many patients already knew. The popular diabetes and weight loss drug Saxenda may cause a painful and permanent stomach condition called gastroparesis.

If you took Saxenda, and you have been diagnosed with gastroparesis, you should contact a lawyer immediately. You can file a lawsuit against Novo Nordisk, the company that makes Saxenda, which could lead to financial compensation. Contact the Pensacola injury attorneys at Stevenson Klotz Injury Lawyers to learn more about your legal rights.

What Is Saxenda and How Does it Work?

Saxenda was originally created to be a treatment for diabetes. The drug is part of a class of medication called incretin mimickers. It mimics a hormone that your body produces called GLP-1. This hormone regulates blood sugar in the body by stimulating the production of insulin.

Saxenda has recently been used as a weight loss drug for those with obesity. In 2021, the Food and Drug Administration approved some incretin mimickers for weight loss, causing sales to spike sharply.

GLP-1 is the hormone that tells your body whether you are hungry. Saxenda works to slow down your stomach. In addition, the drug also makes patients feel more full with less desire to eat. Saxenda, and the drugs in its class, have been proven to work as weight loss drugs.

Novo Nordisk has ridden the popularity of Saxenda to record profits. In 2022, Saxenda and Wegovy (another drug in the GLP-1 family) were responsible for over $1.5 billion in sales.

However, the company did not provide you, the consumer, with a reasonably safe drug, in light of the severe cases of stomach paralysis that have resulted from its use.

Research Shows that GLP-1 Drugs Can Cause Serious Side Effects

A recent study has detailed the dangers that may be associated with Saxenda. Researchers from the University of British Columbia published an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association that showed a far higher statistical likelihood of serious digestive issues when taking GLP-1 drugs.

The conclusions of the study were in line with previous media reports. The researchers randomly sampled health insurance claims records for patients who were prescribed semaglutide or liraglutide, two main GLP-1 drugs. They found that these patients were far more likely to develop:

  • Pancreatitis
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Gastroparesis
  • Biliary disease (which is a condition affecting the gall bladder)

CNN had been reporting for some time about people who had taken drugs in the GLP-1 class and developed stomach paralysis. A July report highlighted the cases of two women who used a GLP-1 drug and now suffered from severe stomach problems. Although one of the women managed to lose 80 pounds, she now vomits so frequently that she had to take a leave of absence from her job.

For those who have taken drugs like Saxenda, food can remain in their stomachs for up to 70 minutes before it passes into the intestines, compared to a four-minute time period for those who did not take the drug. Although the drug is supposed to slow down the stomach, it now does it in a way that is dangerous and causes long-term health effects.

What is Gastroparesis?

Gastroparesis is the medical term for paralysis of the stomach. This is a permanent condition for which there is no known cure. Doctors can try to manage symptoms as best as they can.

In order to move food through your digestive tract, you need strong muscle contractions in your stomach. These help pass food that you have eaten to your digestive system.

Gastroparesis is a weakening of your stomach muscles that decreases the strength of your muscle contractions. As a result, food stays in your stomach for much longer. Your stomach cannot properly empty itself.

Gastroparesis can cause you to suffer from the following:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Feeling full after barely eating
  • Acid reflux

The most serious complication of gastroparesis is a blockage of the bowels. This condition could require emergency surgery, and it could be life-threatening.

Filing a Lawsuit Against Novo Nordisk for Saxenda Gastroparesis

Lawsuits have been filed against makers of GLP-1 drugs such as Saxenda, alleging that the manufacturers provided a dangerous product and knew of the dangers of the drug and failed to warn the public. Since GLP-1 drugs have been widely prescribed, we expect these to be just the beginning of the lawsuits. There may be thousands of potential claims against the drug makers.

When you are filing a lawsuit for injuries you suffered from taking a particular drug, it would not be a class action case. You would file an individual lawsuit against the company, alleging your own harm that you suffered. Your payment would depend on your individualized damages and the severity of your case of gastroparesis.

The first step to filing a lawsuit is contacting an experienced diabetes drug lawsuit attorney for help. We will investigate your claim and develop the facts and legal grounds that would be the basis for your Saxenda lawsuit. We would then draft a legal complaint and file it with the court to begin the lawsuit process.

It is essential that you take the crucial step of contacting an attorney right now. Mass tort cases can take several years from start to finish, so you want to begin the legal process as soon as possible. In addition, Florida has a two-year statute of limitations for product liability cases.

Damages in a Saxenda Gastroparesis Lawsuit

If you win your Saxenda lawsuit, or you receive a settlement, you are legally entitled to be compensated for all the harm that you have suffered. Your check would include both the economic and non-economic damages, including:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Embarrassment and humiliation
  • Emotional distress

Contact the Saxenda Lawsuit Attorneys at Stevenson Klotz Injury Lawyers Today

If you have taken Saxenda, and you are now suffering from gastroparesis, you can file a lawsuit against Novo Nordisk, seeking financial compensation. The team at Stevenson Klotz Injury Lawyers will strive to obtain accountability and justice for you. We have a track record of delivering results in complex cases against large organizations.

The first step is to call us at 850-444-0000 or send us a message online to discuss your case during a free initial consultation. We can then begin the legal process that may lead to a settlement check or an award.

FAQs About the Saxenda Lawsuits

What should I do if I took Saxenda and developed gastroparesis?

First, you should get medical treatment for your stomach condition. Your doctor would detail your case in medical records that can be used in your claim. Second, you should call an experienced product liability attorney to explore the possibility of filing a lawsuit.

How much is a Saxenda gastroparesis lawsuit worth?

Everything depends on the damages that you have suffered. Your attorney would be able to review your case to help calculate the amount that you would seek in a lawsuit.

How will my lawyer prove that Saxenda was defective?

Product liability lawyers work with expert witnesses to prove that the drug was defective. In addition, they gather information from the company through the discovery process of a lawsuit that could yield valuable evidence.

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