Ozempic is a popular diabetes medication that has also gained a foothold in the diet industry as a weight loss drug. Just as its popularity piqued, though, medical research has linked it to an unsafe and unreported increase in the risk of gastroparesis or stomach paralysis. Novo Nordisk, the manufacturer of Ozempic, is now facing the first of many lawsuits filed on behalf of Ozempic users who have suffered from this serious health condition.
In the first lawsuit against Novo Nordisk, the plaintiff alleged that the Big Pharma company failed to notify patients and the medical community at large of the stomach paralysis risks, which is a form of negligence that could bolster a strict product liability claim. The plaintiff required numerous hospitalizations and lost several teeth from frequent and violent vomiting while on Ozempic. Stomach paralysis has many symptoms, including unsafe vomiting.
Mounjaro is another GLP-1 receptor agonist medication that has been linked to stomach paralysis. With lawsuits forming for Ozempic and Mounjaro dangers, it is possible that thousands of plaintiffs could come forward. Multidistrict litigation (MDL) like a class action lawsuit may be needed to handle all the claims without getting logjammed in court systems. If you took Ozempic and suffered stomach paralysis symptoms, you should consider talking to an attorney as soon as possible.
What is Gastroparesis or Stomach Paralysis?
Gastroparesis is a serious health condition that immobilizes the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and the muscles that assist with digestion. It can cause a blockage in the stomach or intestines, which may lead to fatal complications if untreated. In many cases, surgical intervention is needed to treat GI blockages, and any surgery will bring risks of complications.
You may be suffering from stomach paralysis if you have experienced:
- Severe abdominal pain
- Pain when eating or drinking
- Feeling full after only a few bites
- Nausea, vomiting, and regurgitation
- Constipation and painful bloating
- Dizziness and lightheadedness
Is Ozempic Safe to Keep Using?
If you are using Ozempic, Mounjaro, or another GLP-1 receptor agonist through a doctor’s prescription, then it is not recommended that you stop using it without first talking to your doctor. For important medical decisions that could affect your overall health, you should always consult with a medical expert who understands your medical history. Your primary care provider may know an alternative medication to prescribe instead that does not have gastroparesis risks.
Can You File an Ozempic Lawsuit?
Ozempic lawsuits – including the first officially filed against Novo Nordisk and those that are known to be in the works – focus on the stomach paralysis risk of the drug. Specifically, the complaints allege that Novo Nordisk knew about the risk of gastroparesis but did not disclose it.
Most Ozempic lawsuit claimants will meet these prerequisites:
- Had an Ozempic or Mounjaro prescription.
- Took that prescription for at least a few weeks.
- Suffered stomach paralysis symptoms.
Strict product liability rules could apply to the lawsuits being formed against Novo Nordisk. Under this rule, the maker of a product, including pharmaceuticals, can be held liable for the harm caused by the product to consumers, even if the consumer did not use it as instructed. If this is the case, then it could help claimants file stronger lawsuits with the help of a product liability attorney or dangerous drug lawyer.
When Should You Talk to an Ozempic Lawyer?
At the Law Office of Tom Wagstaff Jr. in Kansas City, we encourage you to reach out to our firm if you have any questions about Ozempic risks or if you think taking Ozempic caused you to suffer stomach paralysis or another serious health condition. As a law firm comprised of experienced trial attorneys, we will be ready to handle all aspects of your case, even if it heads to court against a defendant as powerful as Novo Nordisk. We have worked on complex lawsuits like those involving Paraquat and Tylenol’s link to autism/ADHD, so you know that we can handle the challenges of any Ozempic lawsuit.
Call (816) 597-4556 to talk with our Kansas City Ozempic lawsuit attorneys about your options.