GLP-1 Medications: Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro, Trulicity, Rybelsus

What Are GLP-1 Drugs Like Ozempic and Wegovy?

GLP-1 (Glucagon-Like Peptide-1) drugs are a class of medications used to treat Type 2 diabetes and for weight loss. These drugs are intended to help regulate blood sugar levels and promote weight loss by mimicking the effects of the GLP-1 hormone, which stimulates insulin production and slows down digestion.

These drugs are now under intense legal scrutiny for severe and debilitating side effects. The attorneys at mctlaw represent clients who’ve had reactions to the following GLP-1 drugs:

Ozempic (semaglutide)
: Novo Nordisk

What It Is: Ozempic is an injectable GLP-1 receptor agonist intened to help improve blood sugar control in adults with Type 2 diabetes. It is also intended to help with weight loss in patients with diabetes.

Wegovy (semaglutide)
: Novo Nordisk

What It Is: Wegovy, similar to Ozempic, is a higher-dose injectable form of semaglutide approved specifically for chronic weight management in adults with obesity or who are overweight with weight-related conditions.

Trulicity (dulaglutide)
: Eli Lilly and Company

What It Is: Trulicity is a once-weekly injectable GLP-1 receptor agonist intended to improve blood sugar control in adults with Type 2 diabetes. It is also intended to lower the risk of major heart events in patients with Type 2 diabetes having heart disease.

Rybelsus (semaglutide)
: Novo Nordisk

What It Is: Rybelsus is the first oral GLP-1 receptor agonist intended to improve blood sugar control in adults with Type 2 diabetes. It offers an alternative to injectable GLP-1 drugs.

Mounjaro (tirzepatide)
: Eli Lilly and Company

What It Is: Mounjaro is a newer medication combining GLP-1 and GIP (Glucose-dependent Insulinotropic Polypeptide) receptor agonist properties. It’s purpose is to help with blood sugar control in adults with Type 2 diabetes and assist in weight control.

What are the Side Effects of GLP-1 Drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy?

While GLP-1 drugs may be effective for managing diabetes and aiding weight loss, they are also associated with severe side effects. Patients taking Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro, Trulicity, or Rybelsus have reported experiencing the following conditions:

Gastroparesis or Stomach Paralysis: While these drugs generally are designed to slow the process of digestion, gastroparesis can occur when the process is slowed down too much, or for too long.  In mild cases, it can lead to symptoms like nausea, vomiting, bloating, and abdominal pain. In severe cases, this can lead to malnutrition, dehydration, organ failure, and serious hospitalization.  

Bowel Obstruction – These drugs have been linked to blocked intestines or ileus. This is a serious reaction when the intestines cannot contract normally and do not move waste through the body. Bowel obstructions often require hospitalization and possibly surgery. 

Deep Vein Thrombosis DVT – This is a medical condition that happens when a blood clot forms inside the body’s veins, often in the legs or extremities. The blood clot can break free and travel to the lungs causing a pulmonary embolism. 

Intestinal problems – We are just beginning to learn about the impact of GLP-1 medications on the body’s gastrointestinal system. Other types of severe reactions can occur in the stomach, small intestine and large intestine.  

Chronic or Persistent Vomiting – Vomiting that lasts several weeks or longer and does not resolve. It can lead to dehydration, malnutrition, and hospitalization.  

Chronic or Persistent Diarrhea – Diarrhea that lasts several weeks or longer and does not resolve which can also lead to malnutrition, dehydration and a hospital stay.

Did you experience stomach paralysis, gastroparesis, or other side effects from GLP-1 drugs?

What the GLP-1 Lawsuits Are About

Patients who have experienced severe side effects from GLP-1 drugs are filing lawsuits against the manufacturers for not warning them about the potential risks and severe side effects associated with GLP-1 drugs. This lack of warning can leave patients unaware of the dangers and unable to make informed decisions about their treatment.

Our Firm’s Criteria for GLP-1 Lawsuits

If you have suffered severe side effects from taking a GLP-1 drug like Ozempic, Wegovy, Trulicity, Rybelsus, or Mounjaro, you may be considering filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer. Understanding the criteria for filing such a lawsuit is important to determine if you have a potential case. Here are the key factors our attorneys consider:

Proof that you were prescribed and used a GLP-1 medication

You must have taken one of the following brand name GLP-1 drugs prescribed for Type 2 diabetes or weight management.

Diagnosis of Severe Side Effects from GLP-1

You must have experienced a severe side effects linked to the GLP-1 drug. The most common severe side effects that may led to lawsuits include:

  • Gastroparesis or stomach paralysis
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DTV) or blood clots
  • Severe effects of malnutrition or dehydration
  • Organ failure
  • Other gastrointestinal or stomach problems

Medical Documentation Confirming Medical Treatment for GLP-1 Reaction

You need to have medical documentation showing that you were diagnosed with the severe side effects after taking the GLP-1 drug. This documentation includes:

  • Medical records from your healthcare providers.
  • Diagnostic test results.
  • Treatment records showing ongoing medical care for the side effects.

Timeline for Taking GLP-1 Medication and Severe Reaction

Timing is essential in filing a lawsuit. You must have taken the GLP-1 drug and experienced the severe side effects within a specific timeframe. Our attorneys can determine if you fall within the timeframe of cases we are representing after reviewing your medical records. 

Impact on Your Life from the GLP-1 Side Effects

You need to show how the severe side effects have impacted your life. This includes:

  • Medical expenses: Costs of treating the side effects, including hospital stays, medications, and ongoing medical care.
  • Lost wages: Income lost due to inability to work.
  • Pain and suffering: Physical and emotional distress caused by the side effects.

Steps to Take Next in a GLP-1 Lawsuit

Gather Your Evidence Collect your medical records, prescription information, and any documentation related to your use of the GLP-1 medication and the severe side effects you experienced.

Get a Free Case Evaluation – The lawyers at mctlaw will review your medical records at no cost to determine they are able to represent you in a lawsuit. Our Firm is one of the national leaders in medical product liability lawsuits and has decades of success winning our clients compensation. 

Agree to Representation – We will send you an agreement for representation if the facts of your situation fit our firm’s criteria to file a lawsuit. This is the beginning of your case. 

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Content Reviewed by Michele Stephan – Medical Product Liability Lawyer

Michele Stephan

Michele Stephan handles defective medical device and pharmaceutical cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. Ms. Stephan has represented clients in civil litigation for over 25 years.  At mctlaw she litigates cases for clients with defective hip replacements and defective drug and pharmaceutical lawsuits. Ms. Stephan is a member of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and a Director of the Sarasota County Bar Association.

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