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FDA Warning: Diabetes Drugs Linked to Heart Failure

FDA Warning: Diabetes Drugs Linked to Heart Failure

April 8, 2016 — The FDA is warning that Onglyza and similar diabetes drugs increase the risk of heart failure, especially for patients who already have heart disease or kidney problems.

The FDA opened an investigation in February 2014, soon after the SAVOR clinical trial concluded that patients on Onglyza were 27% more likely to be hospitalized with heart failure.

According to data from two large clinical trials, 3.5% of patients on saxagliptin were diagnosed with heart failure vs. 2.8% on a placebo. For patients on alogliptin, 3.9% were diagnosed with heart failure vs. 3.3% on a placebo.

The agency ordered label updates to warn about heart failure from the following medications:

The FDA recommends that patients on these medications should seek emergency medical attention if they experience symptoms of heart failure, such as unusual shortness of breath, breathing problems, weight gain due to swelling, and unusual tiredness, weakness, or fatigue.

Diabetes is a major risk-factor for heart failure, in which the heart progressively weakens and is unable to pump enough blood into the body. The condition is exacerbated by high blood pressure and coronary artery disease, which commonly afflict people with diabetes.

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