The stomach paralysis symptoms Ozempic users should look out for

Michael Bartlett

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on May 08th, 2024

While stomach paralysis is a rare side effect of using semaglutide, the active ingredient in the diabetes and weight loss drugs Ozempic, Wegovy, and Rybelsus, tens of thousands are at risk of developing it if we consider the millions of people taking these medications.

Because people with diabetes who take semaglutide-containing drugs such as Ozempic to keep it under control often lose weight, which happens partly due to these medications reducing appetite, many individuals have turned to using this substance to speed up their weight loss process. According to research, you can lose approximately five pounds a month on Ozempic. However, what few people are aware of is that using semaglutide comes with a serious risk - stomach paralysis.

Medically known as gastroparesis, stomach paralysis occurs when the stomach takes too long to empty out food. Furthermore, food can harden into solid masses called bezoars, which may upset the stomach or lead to a blockage. In most cases, stomach paralysis is a chronic, irreversible condition that can result in severe health complications, such as:

  • electrolyte imbalances
  • malnutrition
  • dehydration
  • blood sugar fluctuations

Stomach paralysis is a disorder affecting the stomach nerves and muscles. It makes the stomach muscle contractions weaker and slower than they have to be to digest food and pass it on to the intestines. This results in food sitting for too long in the stomach. People struggling with gastroparesis have uncomfortable symptoms during digestion, and they can also experience longer-lasting side effects. They might have low appetite and difficulty meeting their nutritional needs, as well as trouble controlling their blood sugar.

It is worth noting that diabetes is actually the most common cause of stomach paralysis. Roughly one-third of cases are diabetes-related. If you used Ozempic or another drug containing semaglutide, whether for diabetes or weight loss, it is important to be aware of the symptoms stomach paralysis can cause, which include the following:

  • indigestion
  • bloated stomach
  • feeling full very quickly
  • upper abdominal pain
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • regurgitating whole pieces of food
  • loss of appetite
  • acid reflux and heartburn
  • feeling full for a long time
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • constipation

When the stomach muscles fail to work right, food sits in the stomach for a long time after eating it. As a consequence, people with gastroparesis may feel full almost immediately and for a long time after a meal. They may also have a stomachache, experience nausea, or throw up. Their stomach may feel bloated, and they may have acid reflux. When stomach acid backwashes into the esophagus, it can feel like heartburn. If you believe you might have gastroparesis, we encourage you to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Our diligent attorneys will offer you quality legal assistance if you developed stomach paralysis due to using Ozempic

With over 35 years of handling defective drug cases, our attorneys are ready to offer you the legal assistance you need in the unfortunate event you came to suffer from gastroparesis due to semaglutide use. To initiate the legal process, you will only have to provide our legal team with proof of you having taken Ozempic, Wegovy, or Rybelsus and your medical records stating your stomach paralysis diagnosis.

After a careful and thorough assessment of your situation, our skilled attorneys will determine whether you are eligible to file a stomach paralysis Ozempic claim to recover the financial compensation you might be entitled to for your physical and emotional distress. If we find out that you qualify to file a claim, we will start working on your case as soon as possible so you can receive the money you deserve.