Recently, the FDA or Food and Drug Administration has just approved the once a week injection for diabetes. Also known as new type 2 diabetes drug, it is called as Trulicity. Just like other diabetes drug, Trulicity is formulated to help managing the blood sugar levels only in adults that suffer from type 2 diabetes.
According to the FDA, it’s a new treatment option. It can be added to the existing diabetes’s treatment regimen or can be used alone to control the blood sugar level. Usually, the doctors recommend how to use it. With this new drug available in the pharmacy, it is hoped to help more than 26 million people in American alone with type 2 diabetes so the treatment will be more effective.
Type 2 diabetes itself is a serious healthy condition. It causes high blood sugar level that can lead to serious complications such as kidney damage, nerve damage, vision problems and heart disease. Before this drug is finally approved, there were 6 clinical trials performed by the FDA that involve more than 3.000 patients of type 2 diabetes. The drug was also studied in combination with other diabetes medications such as insulin injections and metformin. According to the studies, there had been improvements in the blood sugar level in long term according to the FDA which makes it a good choice of diabetes medication.
For more improvement, it is recommended to consume once a week injection for diabetes along with exercise and diet in order to be healthier and reduce the blood sugar level. However, it is not recommended to be used as the first diabetes medication. And, for individuals with pancreas inflammation or also known as pancreatitis, this drug is not recommended as it had not been studied. And, it is not allowed to use Trulicity for individuals with type 1 diabetes, with severe gastrointestinal disease and individuals with diabetic ketoacidosis. And, it is not also recommended for those younger than 18 years old.
Side Effects of Trulicity
Like other drugs or medications, Trulicity can also cause some serious side effects that the individuals should be aware of. For instance, it may cause pancreatitis or pancreas inflammation. Therefore, it is necessary for individuals with severe stomach pain to not consume or stop consuming the Trulicity because the drug will cause more severe pain in the stomach area.
Trulicity should not be consumed together with drugs causing blood sugar level including insulin. It is because the combination of these two drugs can cause much lower blood sugar. If this happens, the individuals will experience some symptoms like blurred vision, irritability, anxiety, sweating, mood changes, dizziness, hunger, slurred speech, drowsiness, weakness, feeling jittery, headache, confusion, and fast heartbeat. Therefore, it is necessary to talk to doctor about it.
To some people, the Trulicity, once a week injection for diabetes may also cause some serious allergic reactions such as difficulty breathing, rash and itching. So, when any of the symptoms occur, it is important to stop taking the drug and consult the doctor to have the drug replaced with other drugs.