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Dec 26, 2011

I had to have emergency Gallbladder removal, My Body was heating up and I couldn't hold anything down it didn't mater what it was, I was going to wait until the new year and if then I felt worse then I'd go in well that didn't happen so I seen The doc and he said your going in for emergency gallbladder removal A.S.A.P. !!!

1). I found Out I Almost Died On the Table

2). I had This NG Tube Stuck through my nose and down my throat and that machine sucked out a couple of gallons of bile of my stomach what an uncomfortable feeling and thats when i decided i hated water and pills and I've had a hard time ever since trying to take whats prescribed to me at times !!!

Then a few yrs later I was in the hospital for pancreatitis for 4 days I was on a N.B.M. Just ice chips Saline and an IV Drip of Pain Meds !!!  and Thats what led up to my second to last visit to the ER except i wasn't Throwing up even though i felt like I was going to !!!

Then I'm Put on Lantus and novolog I got lite headed and I was cutting up boxes and slipped and cut my hand open I got 3 stitches and was let go no antibiotics nor pain meds which is ok by me !!!

I Stopped Taking Januvia and when i was Giving Janumet as a Replacement i stopped Taking them as well For this reason
Januvia & Janumet
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Januvia & Janumet
Januvia and Janumet are prescription drugs that belong to a group of Type 2 diabetes drugs called incretin therapies. Studies link these drugs to an increased risk of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.
Januvia (sitagliptin) is an oral medication manufactured by Merck & Co. The drug was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006 and is one of the most popular Type 2 diabetes drugs on the market. In 2007, the FDA approved a variation of Januvia called Janumet, which is a combination of sitagliptin and metformin, and is also made by Merck.Januvia and Janumet are diabetes drugs. They can have serious side effects.

In clinical trials Januvia proved to be effective in controlling blood sugar levels. However, there are also reports of serious side effects, including acute pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, which caused Januvia users to file lawsuits against Merck. In litigation proceedings, plaintiffs accuse Merck of negligence and concealing the risks of these significant side effects.

How Does Januvia Work?
Januvia is designed to work with other Type 2 diabetes medications, like Byetta, to increase their effectiveness. It is not meant to treat people with Type 1 diabetes.

Januvia blocks DPP-4, allowing incretin to stay in the blood longer and to continue stimulating the pancreas into make more insulin to remove excess sugar. People who have excess ketones in the blood or urine – a condition known as diabetic ketoacidosis – should not take Januvia or Janumet.

Serious Side Effects
The most serious side effects associated with Januvia and Janumet are acute pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. In 2011, the FDA received almost 200 reports of acute and chronic pancreatitis linked to Januvia and Janumet – some of which were fatal.

Pancreatitis
Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. It can cause the body’s digestive enzymes to attack the pancreas. In severe cases, the disease can cause tissue damage, infection, cyst formation and bleeding. The damage can spread to other organs like the heart, kidneys and lungs, and the mortality rate is 10 to 30 percent.

The symptoms of pancreatitis include:
Abdominal pain that may radiate to the back Increased pain while eating or bending forward
Nausea Vomiting
Fever Rapid heartbeat
Cases of pancreatitis associated with Januvia and Janumet tend to be acute, meaning the disease occurs quickly and over a short period of time, and it can be fatal. A UCLA clinical study published in the journal Gastroenterology revealed that taking Januvia increases the risk of pancreatitis six-fold, and cases usually develop in less than two months.

Nearly 100 cases of acute pancreatitis caused by Januvia, including necrotizing pancreatitis, were reported to the FDA between 2006 and 2009. Necrotizing pancreatitis occurs when digestive hormones produced by the pancreas begin to digest the pancreatic tissue, and can lead to death.

In 2009, the FDA issued a safety alert that linked sitagliptin, the active ingredient in Januvia and Janumet, to acute pancreatitis. There were no safety studies conducted in people who have a history of pancreatitis, and the agency warned that it is not known whether these people are at an increased risk if they take sitagliptin. Pancreatitis can also lead to pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic Cancer
Januvia and Janumet are also linked to pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic tumors can grow without symptoms and may not be detected until the cancer reaches a later stage. People taking sitagliptin have more than double the risk of developing pancreatic cancer, according to the UCLA study. The risk of developing cancer increases the longer someone takes Januvia or Janumet.

Peter Butler, M.D., the study’s lead investigator, says that it can be difficult to discover the extent of the damage done to the pancreas without removing it and examining it. As a result, pancreatic cancer may be diagnosed late. The American Cancer Society says that the average rate of survival is 18 to 20 months, and the overall five-year survival rate is 4 percent.

In addition to pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, Januvia and Janumet are linked to a number of other side effects, including:
Hypoglycemia Abdominal pain
Nausea Diarrhea
Constipation Vomiting
Elevated liver enzymes Swelling of hands or legs
Headache Upper respiratory infection
Stuffy or runny nose Sore throat
Side Effects of Janumet
Because Janumet is made with metformin, it carries a black-box warning about lactic acidosis. This condition occurs when metformin builds up in the blood and causes lactic acid to accumulate in the bloodstream. Symptoms of lactic acidosis include weakness and nausea. People who suffer from lactic acidosis should seek medical care immediately.

In addition, Januvia and Janumet increase the risk for kidney problems that may require dialysis.

Januvia Lawsuits
Some people who took Januvia and Janumet suffered from severe side effects like pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer that may have led to death. As a result, patients and their families filed lawsuits against Merck.

Guy Riley filed a lawsuit on behalf of his wife Kathleen in October 2012. His lawsuit alleges that Merck and Amylin and Eli Lilly – the manufacturers of another diabetes drug also taken by Kathleen called Byetta – concealed their knowledge of dangerous side effects. Kathleen Riley began taking Januvia in 2006, and in 2009 she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She later died from the disease.

Riley’s lawsuit claims that defendants failed to warn about side effects, and that despite knowing about the risk of pancreatic cancer, the drug manufacturers continued to aggressively market and sell defective products.

If you or a loved one took Januvia or Janumet and suffered from dangerous side effects like pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer, Drug Watch can help. Our patient advocates can answer your questions about treatment and explain your legal options.

I believe My Issues of Stopping these Meds Was A Good Decision Please Feel free To Comment Thank you
I've been Doing The Unthinkable trying to be a non-diabetic without taking my meds like I'm supposed to well needless to say i failed, so back to the drawing board To start all over and do as I am told Follow Dr. Orders.
My results so far !!!

2-9-15
10:30pm
Last night at 1045 pm I injected 10 Units of Lantus

2-10-15
4:00am
My blood glucose  was 152

2 / 10/15
Did 5 unit 0f The nova log
For breakfast Oat Meal

2/10/15
8:50 p.m. Glucose reading was 186

2/11/15
7:53am Glucose reading
Was 143

I did 5 units of novolog and then ate beef stew

2/11/15
5:37 pm
My glucose was 177

2/12/15
9:05 pm

5 U of Novolog &
for breakfast Canned Stew
Glucose Reading 203

I ate 2 Small Pancakes
Glucose Reading 233

Novolog 5 U
For dinner egg noodles chicken breast mixed in Cream of Mushroom Soup & Cheesy Broccoli Soup !

Novo Log 10 U
Glucose reading 206

2/13/15
5:36 Am
Glucose Reading 190
7:57 Am
Novolog 5 U
Breakfast Oatmeal w/ 6 dried Cranberry's Added
Glucose Reading 256 @ 10:09 Am

2/14/25
9:23am
Took Morning Meds
Glucose Reading 158
Novolog 5 U
Breakfast was Oat Meal
Blood Glucose was 136

2/14/15
4:42pm
Feeling off balance
Glucose Reading is 121

2/14/15
8:45pm

Glucose Reading is 280
Homemade Pizza w/Veggies For Dinner Dough was made with part flour part oatmeal

2/15/15
9:39 Am

Blood Glucose is 215 Before Eating

2/15/15
2:33pm
Blood Glucose is 132 and a Bologna sandwich 2 slices of bread and Juice

2/15/15 feeling Dizzy
Glucose Reading was 195

2/15/15
Stew and Sloppy Joes w/Bread W/Coffee
Glucose Reading was 133

2/16/15
4:09 am
Glucose Reading is 124

2/17/15
9:29 am
I called Cassie today about my blood glucose being 172 she said that was a little high but it was okay she said that was a little high but it was okay

2/16/15
2:29 pm
Blood Glucose is 118

2/16/15
At 4:19pm
I injured my self with A hook knife I went to the emergency room got stitched up and left

2/16/15
10:30 pm

Lantus 10 U

2/17/15
5:52am
Glucose Reading was 200 Before eating

2/17/15
10:05 am
Glucose Reading is 162 Still Haven't Ate Yet

2/17/25
7:46 pm
I had a salad and pizza for lunch my Glucose Reading Is 307

2/17/15
10:48 pm
Glucose Reading is 239

2/17/15
11:00 pm
,Lantus 10 U

2/18/15
104 pm my glucose reduce 104 pm my Blood Glucose is 193 and I am angry Pissed of to the max I'm at My Limit I Want To Knock A Mutha  Fuka Out !!!

2/18/15
7:56 am
Fasting
Glucose Reading is 175

2/18/15
9:56 pm
For Lunch we had Citrus Chicken Melt 3 Open Face Sandwiches
Blood Glucose is 240

2/19/15
5:23 am
Fasting Glucose Reading 216

2/19/15
6:43 pm
Blood Glucose is 298 before dinner

Yesterday after we Left IHS We Went To Lunch We Decided to go to the casino - I Ordered The The Kewadin Special*
A hearty breakfast with two eggs any style, with two bacon strips, two sausage links, and a slice of ham. Served with hashbrowns and toast with preserves With Coffee Creamer and a Sweetener and A Glass Of Water. I Pulled Out My Novo Log and Dialed it to The Number 2 and then I dialed it to The Number 7 and 2 hrs Later I did A Glucose reading and it was 237.

So When I got home we my Wife and I didn't have dinner until a 6:30 to 7:00 pm and For Dinner I made Us Chicken Casserole Found at This Website on pg. 68

http://www.whatscooking.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/featuredlinks/HarvestofRecipes.pdf

Any way I did my Novo Log for 10 Counting in That i was going to have macaroni and I Had Two Small Bowls of Helpings 3 - 4 hrs later I did a Glucose Reading and That Was 328.

I went to bed around 10:30 pm Before The 40th Anniversary of SNL Was Over and I did my Lantis Dialed to 2 for air shot then I dialed it in for 16

When I awoke This morning I did a Glucose Reading and it was 165 I haven't ate yet today so I did another Glucose ready at 8:29 am it was 155. I am Looking for something to eat here soon and I shall Email you more results as the day goes on Take care and have a good weekend !!!

10:00 am
2/21/15

P.S. I Found Something To much On Canned Salmon and Crackers


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