According to a BMJ study, people with type 2 diabetes who switch to sulfonylurea drugs like Amaryl to control blood sugar levels are at an increased risk of myocardial infarction, all-cause mortality, and severe hypoglycaemia.
Amaryl (sulfonylurea) is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels. Insulin or other diabetes medicines are sometimes used in combination with Amaryl if needed. Usually, this type of medication should be a second-line treatment in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Amaryl Myocardial Infarction Link
A study by BMJ showed a link between Amaryl and myocardial infarction. During the randomized controlled trial, researchers used medical records for over 14 million people registered at over 680 general practices. The study noted all medications used along with lifestyle variables. These include smoking and alcohol use.
Researchers noted a baseline of individuals using metformin in monotherapy for type 2 diabetes between April 1998 and March 2013. The study also showed that those who switched from metformin to Amaryl or other sulfonylurea drugs were more likely to experience myocardial infarction, ischaemic stroke, hypoglycaemia, and cardiovascular death.
These risks jumped almost 10% as compared to those just using metformin medications.
History of Cardiovascular Trouble
This isn’t the first time researchers have linked Amaryl to myocradial infarction. In 2009, BMJ published another study comparing metformin and Amaryl. They also found that sulfonylureas medications brought an 18% higher risk of developing congestive heart failure. Through a mean follow-up of 7.1 years, there were 3,588 incident myocardial infarctions, 6,900 cases of congestive heart failure, and 18,548 deaths.
We Want to Help Victims
After all, it is your right for drug manufacturers to inform you about the long-term risks associated with medications. Therefore, it is the responsibility of drug companies to provide this information. If you or a loved one has developed myocardial infarction or other cardiovascular events after using Amaryl, you should demand accountability.
We want to also help send a message that this is not acceptable. If a dangerous product harmed you, we will be your advocate. Additionally, we have the experience necessary to successfully litigate these cases.
Contact the Michael Brady Lynch Firm today for a free consultation to learn more about seeking justice. Compensation may be available for any medical expenses associated with this ordeal, as well as for your physical and emotional suffering. There is no obligation.
How We Can Help
When you experience side effects from a dangerous drug, it can have devastating effects on your entire life. You may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and damages. The types of losses that can be recovered include:
To this end, if a person dies from complications from a drug, family members may be able to recover damages for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses prior to death
- Loss of economic support; and
- Loss of companionship
Then, if a jury finds the conduct of a drug company in manufacturing and selling a drug to be highly reckless, they may award punitive damages. These punish the company and deter similar conduct in the future. Therefore, if you developed a cardiovascular side effect after taking Amaryl, please speak to us to learn more about your rights.