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Side effects of Victoza could include cancer

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People taking the diabetes drug Victoza may want to research recent developments that link the medication to possible serious side effects, including pancreatic cancer.

Interestingly enough, there is not a lot of information on the Internet about Victoza side effects. But if you go to the Food and Drug Administration’s website and type in Victoza cancer, you will find the results of a recent study regarding safety issues.

Earlier this year, the FDA released a warning alerting the public about the study that suggested Victoza and other similar drugs were associated with an increased risk of pancreatitis and pre-cancerous cellular changes.

The federal safety agency noted that even though it had approved the once-daily injection to treat type 2 diabetes, clinical trials found a link between Victoza and pancreatitis and cellular change. The FDA also said that animal data showed a connection between the drug, which is manufactured by the pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk, and a rare type of thyroid cancer.

According to the website, patients taking Victoza should be aware of the symptoms of pancreatitis, which include nausea and severe abdominal pain that could extend into the back.

Other drugs in the incretin mimetic class, including Byetta and Januvia, have also been linked to an increase risk of pancreatic toxicity.

People concerned that they may have developed Victoza cancer may want to consult with an attorney to discuss potential legal action.