Drugs Associated With Acute Pancreatitis

Acute pancreatitis is often a complication of conditions or diseases such as gallstones, but could also be side effects associated with certain medications. Below is a list of diseases and conditions associated with symptoms and complications like acute pancreatitis, as well as a list of medications related to similar side effects.

We are not medical professionals, and these may not be comprehensive lists. Please contact your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms or side effects, or similar health issues.

Acute pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas that occurs suddenly. It may resolve itself in a few days, but can be life threatening. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain, vomiting, fever, and rapid pulse. Left untreated acute pancreatitis can lead to kidney failure, heart failure, lung failure, shock, and death.

Acute Pancreatitis Could Be A Symptom or Complication Of:

Gallstones: are hard deposits inside the gallbladder that can range from the size of a grain of sand to the size of a golf ball. Symptoms include sudden abdominal pain that worsens quickly, pain between the shoulder blades, and pain in the right shoulder. When gallstones block the pancreatic duct they can cause acute pancreatitis.

Alcoholism: Long term, heavy alcohol use is a common cause of both acute and chronic pancreatitis. Alcoholism can cause other problems of the gastrointestinal tract and inflammation of the liver.

High Triglycerides: Triglycerides are a type of fat found in the blood. They are not the same as cholesterol. They can lead to complications including acute pancreatitis and fatty liver. High triglycerides can be the result of poor diet and lifestyle, health problems such as low thyroid and liver disease, and taking certain medications including birth control pills and diuretics.

Abdominal Injury: Accidents that involved trauma to the abdomen, such as car accidents, can cause acute pancreatitis. In some cases abdominal surgery, such as endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), can cause trauma leading to acute pancreatitis.

Acute Pancreatitis May Also Be a Side Effect Associated With:

BYETTA: is used to treat type II diabetes. It helps to control blood sugar by improving the efficiency of insulin production in the pancreas. BYETTA use has been linked to several cases of acute pancreatitis, at least two of which were fatal. Other Side effects of BYETTA can include nausea, vomiting, weight loss, dizziness, and headache.

Seroquel is an antipsychotic drug used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Seroquel can have serious side effects including suicidal thoughts, diabetes, pancreatitis, tardive dyskinesia, and neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), a potentially fatal condition which causes rigid muscles, sweating, confusion, shaking, and other symptoms.

Lasix (furosemide) is a diuretic used to reduce fluid retention in people with liver disease, kidney disorders, and congestive heart failure. Side effects of Lasix can include pancreatitis, anorexia, skin rash, nausea, reduced urination, hearing loss, easy bruising and bleeding, rapid heart beat, uneven heart beat, and weakness.

Azathioprine is an immunosuppressant used to help prevent organ rejection in kidney transplant patients and to treat rheumatoid arthritis. It works by weakening the immune system. Side effects of azathioprine can include infections, neoplasia, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, liver problems, and pancreatitis. Long term use may increase the risk of developing cancer.

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Everett Sizemore is the owner and Editor of US Recall News: http://www.usrecallnews.com. He is dedicated to educating people about consumer safety, social activism and corporate responsibility by bringing information to Americans about the products they use every day.

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  1. Had unbareable constant pain just under my ribcage on right side of chest. Went to emergancy room at hospital and was addmitted . Had many blood tests and exrays and ultra sound. Doctors found swollen gall bladder and pancreatitis. Was taking many drugs for heart problems and high blood pressure.One of the drugs was LIPTOR which just yesterday is on the list with fda medi watch as causing pancreatitis. Still having same pains just not as bad.

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