The Hidden Danger of Weight Loss and Diabetes Drugs

In recent months, drugs like Ozempic, Mounjaro, and Trulicity have taken over the press and much of the medical industry. But it’s crucial to understand the potential risks associated with these medications, and especially the connection between weight loss and diabetes drugs and stomach paralysis.

Stomach paralysis is a serious condition also known as gastroparesis. As a personal injury lawyer, I’ve seen firsthand the devastating impact this condition can have on patients. And alarmingly, there’s evidence suggesting that some pharmaceutical companies were aware of these risks during the development of these drugs.

What is Gastroparesis?

Gastroparesis, or stomach paralysis, is a condition where the stomach can’t empty itself in a normal way. Essentially, the nerves controlling the stomach muscles become damaged. This means food remains in the stomach for much longer than normal, which can lead to a range of complications.

Gastroparesis affects any race, any gender. And it can cause dangerous symptoms, like:

  • intense nausea
  • vomiting
  • severe abdominal pain
  • malnutrition
  • and more.

We’ve even seen reports of patients vomiting whole meals, completely undigested.

These serious complications can totally upend a person’s life. And tragically, it might have been avoided if the companies that developed these drugs had made different choices.

The Link Between Weight Loss / Diabetes Drugs and Stomach Paralysis

These incredibly popular drugs – including Ozempic, Wegovy, Rybelsus, Trulicity, and Mounjaro – often affect the body’s metabolism and digestive processes. Stomach paralysis is just one possible unintended consequence of taking them.

What’s more concerning is that some pharmaceutical companies were reportedly aware of these potential side effects during the early stages of drug development but chose to downplay the risks or not fully inform the public and healthcare providers.

Even now, even with all the reports coming out about gastroparesis, the companies have refused to add a black box warning to the drugs so patients can make an informed decision.

Duty of Care and Consumer Safety

Pharmaceutical companies have a legal duty to ensure their products are safe when used as directed. They also have to warn doctors and their patients of potentially dangerous side effects.

Failing to do so can constitute negligence under the law. If a company knew about the risk of stomach paralysis from their weight loss drug but didn’t adequately warn consumers, they can be held legally accountable for the harm caused.

What Can You Do If You’ve Been Affected?

If you or someone you love has developed gastroparesis after using weight loss or diabetes drugs, you may have grounds for a legal claim against the manufacturer. Our experienced personal injury lawyers can help you understand your rights and options and work with you to get justice.

Here are the main steps you’ll want to take:

1. Seek Medical Help.

First, consult with a healthcare professional to address any immediate health concerns and to document your condition. Follow your doctor’s orders so you can recover as quickly as possible.

2. Gather Evidence.

Keep a record of your drug use, medical reports, and any correspondence with healthcare providers about your condition. Keep your own journal if you’re able that includes your symptoms and how they impacted your daily life.

3. Consult a Great Personal Injury Lawyer.

Contact a personal injury lawyer who specializes in pharmaceutical lawsuits. They can provide a free consultation to review your case and advise on the next steps.

If there’s evidence that the drug manufacturer was negligent, you might be eligible for compensation. The right attorney will talk with you about all of your potential options and give you and idea of what to expect.

darrell-castleWhy Choose Our Firm for Your Gastroparesis Case?

Our award-winning law firm specializes in holding pharmaceutical companies accountable. We have a deep understanding of the laws regulating these companies and extensive experience with complex drug injury cases.

We’ve taken on some of the biggest companies in the world and won. And now we’re ready to harness our experience and skills to get the justice you need and deserve.

Our team can help you pursue damages for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Ongoing care
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • and more.

We don’t get paid anything unless and until we win your case, so you don’t risk anything financially. And not only can taking action bring you personal relief and compensation, it can also help protect future patients from harm.

If you’ve suffered because of weight loss and diabetes drugs and stomach paralysis, you don’t have to continue in silence. Reach out to us today online or call 901-327-2100 to discuss your case.