Drugs for a wide variety of illnesses, injuries, and chronic diseases have the potential to cause serious and potentially life-threatening complications. But several medications used to treat the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes are known to cause severe side effects and injuries, making it vital for patients with that disease to be cautious with their medications.
- Invokana and Invokamet–Both of these drugs have the potential to cause ketoacidosis, which is the term for high levels of acid in the blood. They also may be linked to potential amputation of the leg or foot, coma, kidney failure, and stroke.
- Actos–This drug was released in the late 1990s and has been linked to a variety of health problems, including bladder cancer and heart failure. Patients who take Actos may experience other side effects such as liver disease, shortness of breath, stomach pain, and rapid weight gain.
- Onglyza and Kombiglyze—Part of a family of drugs known as incretin mimetics, these medications are prescribed to treat Type 2 diabetes. However, research shows that they may increase the risk of developing heart failure and cancers, including pancreatic cancer and thyroid cancer.
- Byetta and Januvia—Designed to improve blood sugar levels, both of these medications are linked to pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer—an often-fatal cancer with poor treatment prognosis.
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