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Ozempic & Possible Risk of Gastroparesis

Ozempic has gained popularity as a medication for managing diabetes and, more recently, for its off-label use in treating obesity. While many have turned to this drug for its potential benefits, it has also been linked to significant side effects, including the severe condition known as gastroparesis.

Gastroparesis is a disorder that can disrupt daily life, causing symptoms that range from uncomfortable to debilitating. If you have been diagnosed with this condition after taking Ozempic, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the drug’s manufacturer. Here is what you need to know about gastroparesis and Ozempic injury lawsuits.

Ozempic & Gastroparesis

Signs and Symptoms of Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis, also known as stomach paralysis, is a severe condition characterized by delayed gastric emptying. This means that food moves too slowly from the stomach to the small intestine. In extreme cases, the digestion process can halt entirely.

Symptoms of gastroparesis can vary but often include:

  • Abdominal bloating
  • Poor appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pain in the upper abdomen
  • Feeling full shortly after starting a meal
  • Prolonged feeling of fullness after eating

Acid reflux and severe dehydration are also common in people suffering from gastroparesis. Additionally, undigested food can harden, leading to further complications such as intestinal blockages.

The Link Between Gastroparesis and Ozempic

Patients who took Ozempic and subsequently developed gastroparesis are now filing lawsuits against pharmaceutical manufacturer Novo Nordisk, citing the drug as the cause of their condition. In September 2023, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated Ozempic’s label to include a warning about the risk of intestinal blockage and ileus, a condition where the intestines do not work properly. These conditions are potentially fatal.

Despite this risk, Novo Nordisk did not include warnings about gastroparesis in their prescription information until the FDA’s decision. This omission has led to numerous lawsuits claiming that the company failed to adequately inform the public about these complications. Attorneys are currently investigating over 500 cases across 45 states regarding Ozempic and the possible risk of gastroparesis.

The Impact of a Gastroparesis Diagnosis

Gastroparesis can affect a person’s life on multiple fronts. Physically, persistent symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain can lead to malnutrition, weight loss, and severe dehydration. These physical challenges often make it difficult to maintain a normal diet and can result in frequent hospitalizations.

Living with a chronic condition like gastroparesis can be draining, leading to feelings of frustration, anxiety, and depression. The unpredictable nature of the symptoms often disrupts daily activities and social interactions, contributing to a sense of isolation and persistent emotional distress.

The financial burden of gastroparesis can be overwhelming. Ongoing medical expenses, including doctor visits, medications, and potential surgeries, can quickly add up. Additionally, people with severe symptoms may find it challenging to maintain regular employment, leading to a loss of income and financial instability. This can place significant stress on individuals and their families, which illustrates the need for justice.

Who Is Eligible for an Ozempic Lawsuit?

If you have taken Ozempic and subsequently developed gastroparesis, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and recover compensation for the harm that you suffered. Generally, you are eligible if you are a former Ozempic patient, were diagnosed with gastroparesis, and experienced severe symptoms, such as vomiting for four weeks or more.

However, there are exceptions to these criteria. People who had gastric bypass surgery, gastric banding, or gastric sleeve surgery before taking Ozempic may not qualify, as these complications could be linked to these procedures. Additionally, those undergoing cancer treatment may not be eligible either.

These guidelines are not exhaustive, and only an Ozempic lawyer can determine if you have grounds to file a lawsuit. To determine your eligibility, it is crucial to speak to an attorney for a free case review as soon as possible. Each state has statutes of limitations that limit the time you have to file a lawsuit, making timely action essential.

An Ozempic Lawsuit Attorney Can Help You Seek Justice

Seeking justice for gastroparesis can be a complex process. If you plan on pursuing an Ozempic lawsuit, an attorney with experience in these cases can help you build a compelling claim and prove your right to fair compensation. With over 20 years of experience advocating for the victims of defective drugs, Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC can offer several advantages during the claims process:

  • Comprehensive Case Evaluation: Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC conducts thorough case evaluations to determine the merits of your claim. We will gather all relevant medical records, personal accounts, and evidence to build a robust case in your favor.
  • Expert Negotiation Skills: Dealing with large pharmaceutical companies requires advanced negotiation skills. Our firm has extensive experience in negotiating with these corporations, striving to secure the best possible settlement for our clients.
  • In-Depth Legal Knowledge: Navigating the legal landscape of pharmaceutical litigation requires in-depth knowledge of both federal and state laws. Our firm stays updated on the latest legal precedents and regulatory changes so that we can apply the most relevant strategies to your case.
  • Aggressive Litigation Approach: If a fair settlement cannot be reached, Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC will not hesitate to take your case to court. We will take an aggressive approach to present your case effectively, maximizing your chances of receiving fair compensation.
  • Support Throughout the Legal Process: Facing a lawsuit while dealing with a serious health condition can be incredibly stressful. Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC provides compassionate support throughout the entire legal process, from the initial consultation to the final resolution of your case. We are committed to keeping you informed, answering your questions, and addressing your concerns every step of the way.

Have You Been Diagnosed with Gastroparesis? Speak with an Attorney

If you or a loved one has suffered from gastroparesis after taking Ozempic, you may be entitled to compensation. Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC, specializes in defective drug cases and can help you achieve a fair settlement.

Our firm knows what it takes to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable and secure justice for injured patients. Contact us today at (800) 220-0984 for a free consultation and take your first steps toward justice.