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Potential Risks of Viberzi (Eluxadoline)

“It is not the culture of U.S. medicine to report adverse events to the FDA.”

Dr. David Kessler, Former FDA Commissioner

Viberzi, otherwise known as Eluxadoline, from pharmaceutical company Allergan was approved by the FDA on May 27, 2015. It was marketed heavily as a promising new IBS drug for treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea, or IBS-D. IBS-D involves having chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain, and discomfort. Among all available drugs for IBS-D, Eluxadoline is uniquely tied to severe pancreatitis and even death. Those who have had a gallbladder removal procedure are especially at risk. Currently, at least two deaths and 120 reports of serious pancreatitis have been associated with taking Viberzi. At least 56 of these patients had their gallbladder removed in a previous surgery; this also means that 64 patients had their gallbladder and still suffered complications from this drug.

Patients who took Viberzi are just now speaking out against the extreme adverse effects as a result of taking the IBS-D drug. Patients who had their gallbladders removed were warned about the risk of pancreatitis via a FDA announcement on March 15, 2017. Those who did not have previous gallbladder surgery were not warned about the risk for pancreatitis.

Viberzi (Eluxadoline) and Pancreatitis Complications

Viberzi has been used to treat IBS with diarrhea since 2015. While the causes of IBS-D aren’t known, there are many factors that can trigger it. Your intestines are lined with layers of muscles that contract and relax as food travels from your stomach through your intestinal tract to your rectum. With IBS-D, the contractions may be stronger and last longer which can cause gas, bloating, and diarrhea.

Viberzi works by reducing the nerve sensitivity in the intestines while slowing down the muscle contractions as food is moved through the colon. While this may seem like a good way to stop diarrhea, the problem is that Viberzi could slow down other muscles that control the flow of digestive fluids into the intestines, such as the sphincter of Oddi which opens and closes the bile duct. If the muscle relaxes and does not open, the digestive fluids will get backed up into the gallbladder and pancreas. If it’s stored in the pancreas, the enzymes will start to digest the organ causing pancreatitis that can lead to excruciating pain or even death.

In fact, the pancreatitis death on record was preceded by acute, severe abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting within 60 minutes of taking a single Viberzi dose. The patient died just three days after the initial dose.

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What to do if you or a loved one took Viberzi

What to do if you or a loved one took Viberzi

When the FDA warns about a drug it can be scary, especially if you or someone you know has taken it. This video gives you serious information on what you should know and point you in the direction of getting the best help.

Video: How Viberzi works

Watch to learn how IBS-D drug Viberzi works in the body, for info on the harmful side effects, and what to do if you have been injured.

Video: The History of Viberzi

This video is an overview of the IBS-D drug Viberzi (aka eluxadoline), the latest FDA warning, and the life threatening injuries it can cause.

Video: Where did Viberzi go wrong?

This video will explain why IBS-D drug Viberzi can be so dangerous. Watch now to learn more about the harmful side effects and what to do if you have been injured by Viberzi.

IBS-C Versus IBS-D

Viberzi was approved for the market as a medication for adults suffering from IBS-D. It’s important to understand the difference among the categories of IBS. IBS-C means Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation while IBS-D means Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea. IBS-M stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome Mixed meaning that you suffer from both diarrhea and constipation. As you probably know, medications on the market treat these two conditions very differently and using the wrong medication can cause complications such as dehydration, abdominal pain, bloating, and more. If you have IBS-D, your doctor may have prescribed Viberzi.

Viberzi (Eluxadoline) Can Cause Pancreatitis Symptoms

Pancreatitis is an inflammation in the pancreas and may be caused by spasms of certain digestive system muscles in the small intestine. Acute pancreatitis can create scar tissue in the pancreas which may lead to loss of function causing digestion problems, diabetes, hospitalization or even death in extreme cases.

Here are some symptoms to look for if you or a loved one took Viberzi and suspect you may have pancreatitis:

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Rapid pulse, increased heart rate

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Abdominal pain that radiates to your back

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Abdominal pain that increases after eating

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Tenderness when touching the abdomen

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Upper abdominal pain

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Nausea

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Vomiting

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Viberzi (Eluxadoline) Settlements Landscape

Regardless of where you live in the United States, if you (or a family member) have had medical treatment to address pancreatitis and had to be hospitalized after taking Viberzi, you may be able to file for financial compensation. Patients who took this drug are reporting complaints and investigations are underway to determine the extent of hospitalizations and deaths that are directly related to the use of this medication.

Virberzi was on the market for two years before warning patients without a gallbladder of the risks of pancreatitis; that means that those patients took this drug without knowing the full story about what long term adverse effects or injuries could happen to them.

Need to Know: Before You File a Viberzi (Eluxadoline) Lawsuit

More cases are being investigated for the life-threatening consequences of pancreatitis due to taking Viberzi. Countless patients trusted the pharmaceutical company to ease their pain.The problem is that these patients were not sufficiently warned about the potential risk of pancreatitis that Viberzi can cause to patients, for both those who previously had gallbladder surgery and those who have not.

Contact a Periscope Representative to Take the Next Step >

The statute of limitations and deadlines vary by state, so it is crucial to contact Periscope Group today. We want to be certain that you get the proper representation you need if you qualify to make a claim against the manufacturer. You shouldn’t have to live with pain, and you deserve help for your current condition.

 

Viberzi Glossary of Key Terms

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Mixed (IBS-M)

When a person experiences colon issues concerning both diarrhea and constipation.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation (IBS-C)

Colon sensitivity with symptoms such as cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas and/or constipation.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea (IBS-D)

When a colon is more sensitive than normal, a person may experience symptoms such as an urgency to have bowel movements, abdominal pain or discomfort, gas, loose stools or frequent stools.

Opioid Receptor

Medication can cause these receptors to relax and stop muscle spasms in the gut which are associated with abdominal discomfort.

Pancreatitis

An inflammation in the pancreas which may be caused by spasms of certain digestive system muscles in the small intestine. Acute pancreatitis can create scar tissue in the pancreas which may lead to loss of function causing digestion problems, diabetes, hospitalization or even death in extreme cases.

Sphincter of Oddi

This muscle opens and closes the bile duct. If the muscle relaxes and does not open, the digestive fluids will get backed up into the gallbladder and pancreas. If it’s stored in the pancreas, the enzymes will start to digest the organ causing pancreatitis that can lead to excruciating pain or even death.

Health & Wellness Resources for Viberzi

5 Ways To Manage Your IBS Symptoms

Lots of people have digestion issues, but not everyone has IBS. In some cases, IBS is linked to lifestyle decisions. Here are the 5 easiest tips on managing your painful IBS symptoms!

GET YOUR FREE VIBERZI CASE REVIEW TODAY

Suffering complications from Viberzi? Settlement funds may soon be available. You could qualify for settlement funds if you: 1) Took Viberzi without a gallbladder between May 2015 to March 15, 2017, 2) Still have your gallbladder and are still taking Viberzi, 3) Suffered from pancreatitis after taking Viberzi. Get in touch today to see if you qualify:

Our in-house legal counsel, Matthew J. Daher, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah and his law degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law. Matt has devoted his entire practice to civil litigation, and has spent his career representing the rights of individuals who have been injured by pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical malpractice, defective products, and motor vehicle accidents. As in-house counsel for Periscope Group, Matt leads our internal legal team and liaises with our external partners.

Trademark Info: Viberzi™ is a trademark Allergan Holdings Unlimited Company and is used here for informational and product identification purposes only.

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