Ozempic Injury Lawsuits

Ozempic Causing Stomach Paralysis, Gastroparesis, Intestinal Problems

A popular diabetes and weight loss drug is tied to dangerous stomach and intestinal problems. People taking Ozempic have filed lawsuits across the country alleging the drug caused stomach paralysis and other serious gastric problems. 

In 2022 the FDA’s own reporting system (FAERS) warned of a potential risk of intestinal obstruction from Ozempic and Wegovy. The FDA received thousands of reports from people who experienced gastric issues or blockages after using Ozempic or Wegovy.

What are the Ozempic Lawsuits About?

Lawsuits against NovoNordisk, the maker of Ozempic, claim the company did not warn patients about the possible intestinal and gastric side effects of using the drug, such as stomach paralysis or gastroparesis. The lawsuits also allege that the manufacturers were negligent in the testing and monitoring of the drugs post-approval to ensure safety.

Anyone who took Ozempic and experienced stomach paralysis or other gastric problems may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer for compensation.

How to Qualify for an Ozempic Lawsuit

  1. Proof you used Ozempic. This can be in the form of prescriptions, packaging with the prescription label in your name, or medical records showing that a doctor prescribed you Ozempic.
  2. Medical Treatment. Your medical records must show that you have been treated for gastroparesis, stomach paralysis, intestinal obstruction, gastric stasis, chronic vomiting, or other medical side effects from taking Ozempic

Ozempic Class Action Lawsuit or MDL

In February 2024 all Ozempic lawsuits were grouped together into one federal court for what is called a Multidistrict Litigation, or MDL. This grouping of cases is similar to a class action lawsuit, but follows a different legal process. 

An MDL streamlines the discovery portion of Ozempic lawsuits but still allows each person to have their case heard in court individually during a trial. 

There are currently dozens of patients who have filed Ozempic injury lawsuits across the country.  

What Are Ozempic Lawsuits About?

People affected by these severe side effects are seeking money for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages related to their health. They are also calling for more stringent regulatory actions and clearer, more comprehensive labeling of the drugs to prevent further cases.

Ozempic Linked to Stomach Paralysis or Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis is a condition that slows or stops the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and feeling full quickly after starting to eat. Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas, which can be acute or chronic and can cause symptoms such as severe abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. Both conditions can be severe and require immediate medical attention.

What is Semaglutide?

Semaglutide is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat type 2 diabetes and, under the brand names Ozempic and Wegovy, is also used for weight loss. More recently, a similar formulation called Mounjaro was also introduced to the market. These drugs work by mimicking a hormone that targets areas of the brain involved in regulating appetite and food intake.

Ozempic Side Effects

Ozempic and other similar weight loss drugs have been associated with a range of side effects. Here’s a list of the reported side effects from people using semaglutide for weight loss:

1. Gastrointestinal Issues: Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain. These symptoms are often most pronounced when beginning treatment and may decrease over time.

3.Gastroparesis: This is a condition where the stomach takes longer to empty its contents. It’s not as common but can be severe, leading to symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and bloating.

4. Pancreatitis: Inflammation of the pancreas, which can be severe and life-threatening. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain that may radiate to the back, nausea, and vomiting.

6. Thyroid Tumors: Animal studies have shown a risk of thyroid C-cell tumors, which has led to a warning about the potential risk of medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) in humans.

7. Kidney Problems: Kidney function may be affected, leading to increased risk of kidney failure or worsening of pre-existing kidney disease.

8. Gallbladder Issues: Including gallstones and inflammation of the gallbladder, which can cause abdominal pain, fever, and jaundice.

These side effects vary widely among individuals, and not everyone will experience them. It’s important for patients to monitor their health closely and consult with their healthcare provider to manage any side effects effectively.

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Content Reviewed by Michele Stephan – Medical Product Liability Lawyer

Michele Stephan

Michele Stephan handles defective medical device cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. Ms. Stephan has represented clients in civil litigation for over 20 years.  At mctlaw she litigates cases for clients with defective Pinnacle metal on metal hip replacements and failing Biomet metal on metal hip implants. Ms. Stephan has represented clients in civil litigation for over 20 years. Stephan is a member of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and the Sarasota County Bar Association Programs Committee. 

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