What Is Gastroparesis and Why Ozempic May Be to Blame

What Is Gastroparesis and Why Ozempic May Be to Blame

If you’re experiencing stomach problems after taking Ozempic, you're not alone. Gastroparesis, a condition that slows digestion, can be a side effect of this medication. 

Feeling frustrated and unsure what to do? Get the information you need and understand your legal options by reading below.

Main Points:

  • Ozempic can slow stomach emptying, potentially leading to gastroparesis.
  • If you've experienced severe stomach issues after taking Ozempic, you may qualify for compensation.
  • Consulting a lawyer can help you understand your rights and options.

Key Aspects of Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis impacts the movement of food despite the absence of blockages in the small intestine or stomach

What Is Gastroparesis and Why Ozempic May Be to Blame

Normally, it takes about six to eight hours for food to travel from the stomach to the small intestine, but this timing can vary based on the quantity and type of food consumed. In cases of gastroparesis, the digestion process is prolonged, and the duration varies from person to person. Symptoms may include:

  • excessive bloating,
  • feeling full shortly after starting a meal,
  • persistent fullness long after finishing a meal,
  • vomiting,
  • heartburn,
  • upper abdominal pain,
  • diminished appetite,
  • excessive burping, 
  • and the reduction of blood sugar levels.

What is Ozempic and How Can it Lead to Gastroparesis?

Ozempic is a prescription medication that falls into a category of medications called GLP-1 receptor agonists. It's primarily used for:

  1. Managing Type 2 Diabetes: It helps people with type 2 diabetes improve their blood sugar control. It's often used alongside diet and exercise changes.
  2. Reducing Cardiovascular Risk in Type 2 Diabetics: In adults with type 2 diabetes and established heart disease, Ozempic helps lower the risk of major cardiovascular events like stroke, heart attack, or cardiovascular death.

A doctor may also prescribe Ozempic off-label for weight loss or body weight management. With off-label use, a drug that’s approved for certain conditions is prescribed for another purpose. However, the drug isn't approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for this purpose.

Furthermore, when Ozempic interacts with the digestive system, it slows down the rate at which the stomach empties. On one hand, slowing down stomach emptying can make you feel fuller, which can help with weight loss. But on the other hand, it can also cause some problems.

When the stomach empties slowly, it can lead to potential side effects like gastroparesis. This condition causes the stomach to be unable to empty its contents properly, resulting in significant discomfort and even potentially life-altering complications.

Ozempic has faced legal scrutiny regarding its side effects. If you're considering legal action concerning Ozempic side effects, understanding the potential paths you can take is important. However, keep in mind that an experienced mass tort attorney can guide you through all of your options and let you know the best course of action.

1. Filing a Claim:

Filing a legal claim before going to court has benefits. First, it lets you try to solve the issue without a big legal battle. Also, starting with a claim can save time and money compared to going straight to court. It gives both sides a chance to share information, talk about solutions, and think things over before deciding if a lawsuit is needed.

2. Individual Lawsuit:

An individual lawsuit involves filing a separate case against Novo Nordisk, the manufacturer of Ozempic. In this process, you'll need to demonstrate the harm caused by the medication and that the manufacturer was negligent in its warnings or safety measures. While this option may offer the potential for higher compensation if successful, it can be a lengthy, complex, risky, and expensive process.

3. Class Action Lawsuit:

Instead of filing individually, you can join a larger group of individuals with similar claims against Novo Nordisk in a class action lawsuit. This often involves lower individual costs and a streamlined process due to combined resources. However, it's important to understand that individual compensation might be smaller due to shared settlements among claimants.

Who Might Qualify for an Ozempic Claim or Lawsuit

Who Might Qualify for an Ozempic Claim or Lawsuit

If you encounter stomach complications you believe are directly linked to your use of Ozempic, a lawsuit may present an avenue for you to pursue justice and compensation.

Here are a few important things to keep in mind:

  • Prescription: Ozempic is approved for treating type 2 diabetes, but it's sometimes used off-label for weight loss. Many legal proceedings focus on off-label use, so if you took Ozempic for weight management, talking to a lawyer may make a difference in your case.
  • Symptoms: Experiencing severe stomach problems like nausea, intense pain, or prolonged vomiting after taking Ozempic is a big factor. Occasional mild discomfort may not be enough.
  • Diagnosis: A diagnosis of gastroparesis linked to Ozempic use by a healthcare professional may strengthen a case. This condition impacts daily life, and demonstrating its connection to Ozempic is vital.
  • Informed Consent: Did your doctor adequately warn you about the potential risk of gastroparesis associated with Ozempic? Did the manufacturer's warnings seem insufficient? This factor is important because claims rely on demonstrating a lack of proper information provided.

While seeking compensation after experiencing significant side effects from a medication like Ozempic is understandable, knowing the types of compensation you may be able to recover is good for informed decision-making.

  1. Medical Expenses: This covers the costs associated with diagnosing and treating your gastroparesis, including doctor visits, hospital stays, medications, and any necessary procedures.
  2. Lost Wages: Compensation for income lost due to missed work while recovering from your condition includes wages, bonuses, and commissions.
  3. Pain and Suffering: This category considers both physical and emotional distress caused by your gastroparesis and its impact on your daily life.
  4. Emotional Distress: Compensation may be awarded for the emotional toll of dealing with your condition.
  5. Loss of Enjoyment of Life: This covers the impact your condition has on your ability to participate in activities you used to enjoy.
  6. Punitive Damages: In rare cases where manufacturer misconduct is particularly egregious, punitive damages may be awarded.

How You Can Protect Your Rights

The decision to take legal action isn’t one to take lightly. This is where an experienced lawyer can give you peace of mind by providing:

  • Skilled guidance: A lawyer will take on the legal system with confidence.
  • Comprehensive support: From evidence gathering and expert witnesses to strategic planning and settlement negotiations, a lawyer handles it all.
  • Thorough evaluation: They'll meticulously review your medical history, compare it to similar cases, and identify potential weaknesses in the pharmaceutical company's defense.
  • Owed Compensation: Secure what you deserve through effective negotiation with the company's legal team.

A lawyer can empower you to protect your rights and will fight for them in the process while you focus on recovering.

Get a Free Consultation With a Lawyer from Our Law Firm Today

While legal proceedings can take a while, the opportunity to file a claim may dwindle, so take action as soon as possible and speak to an attorney at Lawsuit Legal News

A free consultation could be the first step in helping you receive the compensation you need and deserve. Contact us today to begin the process.


Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has represented over 11,000 injury victims and has served as lead counsel in over 1000 lawsuits. Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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