Frequently asked questions about ozempic, stomach paralysis, and lawsuits

Ozempic, Stomach Paralysis, and Lawsuits

Your Questions About Ozempic Lawsuit Claims Answered

Now that thousands of individuals injured by antidiabetic and weight loss drugs like Ozempic have filed lawsuits to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable, patients who have taken these medications have a lot of questions. Let an Ozempic lawyer at Team Law provide the answers you’re looking for. 

Whether you want to know more about the injuries linked to semaglutide medications or have questions about moving forward with an Ozempic lawsuit, we’re here to help. 

What Are the Side Effects of Ozempic? 

Like most medications, Ozempic poses the risk of potential side effects. These side effects range from minor and temporary symptoms to serious conditions that carry long-term consequences and may even be life-threatening. 

The most common side effects linked to Ozempic, Rybelsus, Trulicity, and other types of glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists, or GLP-1 RAs, include the following: 

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain

Other Ozempic and Wegovy side effects to be aware of include: 

  • Indigestion 
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Gastroenteritis infection 
  • Abdominal distension
  • Eructation (belching) and flatulence (gas buildup)
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Dizziness 
  •  Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
  • Changes in vision
  • Kidney problems
  • Allergic reactions

Most Ozempic lawsuit claims involve serious injuries to the gastrointestinal tract. Chronic or excessive vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain may indicate serious conditions like gastroparesis and intestinal blockage. 

What Is Stomach Paralysis (Gastroparesis)?

The ongoing lawsuits against the manufacturers of glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists like Ozempic, Mounjaro, Rybelsus, Wegovy, and Trulicity allege that these drugs cause gastroparesis. 

Gastroparesis is a disorder that affects the function of the stomach muscles. Normally, the contractions of these muscles propel food through the digestive system. When these muscles push food through the digestive tract too slowly or don’t move at all, it delays gastric emptying, or the emptying of the stomach. 

Slowing digestion helps suppress appetite by making you feel full for longer. When food sits in the stomach longer than it should, though, it can cause symptoms like excessive, frequent vomiting and nausea, bloating, stomach pain, and loss of appetite. 

Undigested food that lingers in the stomach due to delayed gastric emptying or gastroparesis may get compacted to form a hard mass that can block or obstruct the entrance to the intestine. Intestinal obstruction may be a potentially life-threatening problem due to the serious complications that can occur, like bowel perforation, gangrene, and infection. 

Who Makes Wegovy, Ozempic, Mounjaro, and Related Drugs? 

The semaglutide medications Ozempic, Wegovy, and Rybelsus are made by the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk. Mounjaro (tirzepatide) and Trulicity (dulaglutide) are made by pharmaceutical manufacturer Eli Lilly and Company.

Both Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly and Company have been named as defendants in the ongoing multidistrict litigation (MDL) No. 3094 case, under which lawsuits filed by injured individuals across the country are consolidated. You may be entitled to compensation from one of these defendants if you suffered gastroparesis, intestinal blockage, or another injury from taking Ozempic or a similar medication. 

Can Ozempic Cause Gallbladder Problems and Gallstones? 

Researchers behind a systematic review of dozens of clinical trials concluded in an article published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine in 2022 that GLP-1 RAs like Ozempic and Trulicity are linked to an increased risk of gallbladder disease. Gallstones are among the injuries for which patients are seeking financial compensation through Ozempic lawsuits. 

Is There a Recall on Ozempic? 

At this time, neither the research findings linking Ozempic and other GLP-1 RAs to gastroparesis, intestinal obstruction, and gallbladder disease nor the lawsuits that followed these findings have resulted in recalls of the drugs. Ozempic, Rybelsus, Wegovy, Trulicity, and Mounjaro are still on the market. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration did add ileus, the medical term for blocked intestines, to the warning labels of Ozempic, Wegovy, and Mounjaro in September 2023. 

A recall isn’t required for Ozempic lawsuits to proceed. Patients injured by drugs like Rybelsus and Trulicity can still seek compensation for their damages regardless of whether the drug is recalled. 

Is Gastroparesis From Ozempic Reversible?

There is hope for patients suffering from stomach paralysis that makes life miserable. Gastroparesis can often be reversed or at least managed. 

For some people who developed stomach paralysis from taking Ozempic and related drugs, stopping the medication is sufficient to return gastrointestinal function to normal. Other patients have a harder battle ahead of them. Some patients have reported symptoms continuing even a year after stopping the medication, as CNN reported. Anti-nausea medications and even surgery may be required to manage ongoing symptoms like chronic and cyclical vomiting. 

How Do I Sue Ozempic?

Ozempic lawsuits and lawsuits alleging injuries from other GLP-1 RAs have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation. To join the Ozempic MDL, you should first reach out to a weight loss drug lawsuit lawyer to assess your case. 

MDLs share some common features with class action lawsuits, like a single judge presiding over pre-trial discovery proceedings and the sharing of evidence. However, each Ozempic lawsuit is a separate case that will be addressed individually to reach a resolution that accounts for the plaintiff’s unique damages. Your lawyer will not only help you understand how being part of an MDL affects the pre-trial phase of litigation but also represent your interests throughout the legal process. 

How Much Can I Get From the Ozempic Lawsuit?

At this time, no settlements have yet been reached in Ozempic lawsuits, and no Bellwether trials have yet been held. This means there are no guidelines yet from resolved Ozempic lawsuits to serve as benchmarks for potential plaintiffs interested in pursuing an Ozempic claim. 

Because the value of each individual case consolidated into the Ozempic MDL depends on the damages unique to those individuals, there is no exact value that can be generalized to lawsuits for Ozempic injuries. 

However, what is known is that claims for compensation for Ozempic injuries will seek to make plaintiffs whole by addressing losses such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. For those with severe gastroparesis and intestinal injuries that required surgical intervention and caused significant work absences or job loss, Ozempic lawsuit payouts could be significant. Settlements and verdicts in the mid-to-high six-figure range or above may be possible for some plaintiffs.

Contact a Knowledgeable Ozempic Lawyer Today for a Free Consultation 

Still have questions? Get all the answers and have the unique facts of your case reviewed by an Ozempic lawyer at no cost. 

Team Law’s seasoned product liability lawyers are actively interviewing patients who believe they may have a case against Novo Nordisk or Eli Lilly and Company for stomach paralysis, intestinal obstruction, and other serious injuries related to Ozempic and similar medications. Contact us today to get started.

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