Is ileus caused by semaglutide-containing drugs treatable?

Ileus is the medical term for a lack of movement in the intestines, causing intestinal blockage. It is one of the serious side effects of semaglutide use, and it is treatable with medication and surgery. However, if left untreated it can lead to severe complications and even death.

Ileus is fatal for around 10% of sufferers

According to a study published in the Turkish Journal of Surgery, people with ileus are some of the most highly admitted in emergency departments. The same study concludes that ileus is fatal for around 10% of sufferers.

For 90% of ileus sufferers, it can be treated by:

  • Bowel rest, or the abstinence from eating or drinking anything
  • IV fluid therapy
  • Nasogastric decompression
  • Surgical procedures to remove the intestinal blockage and any damage to the intestines

Surgery, major weight loss, and taking certain medications can all cause ileus. Roughly 1% of semaglutide users develop these extreme, and sometimes chronic, side effects.

In November 2023, a report to the FDA concluded that ileus was the cause of death for two semaglutide users. Semaglutide is the active ingredient in Ozempic, Wegovy, and Rybelsus, which are medications sold in the USA by Novo Nordisk. Despite the link between semaglutide and these serious conditions, Novo Nordisk failed to properly disclose these risks. Ozempic’s label was only updated to include the risk of ileus in September 2023, despite being FDA-approved since 2017.

If you, or any of your loved ones, experienced ileus after taking Ozempic, Wegovy, or Rybelsus, then you may be eligible for financial compensation.

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