... warning. I'd love to know your experience taking it. What side effects have you experienced, and has it helped you or not?
I've been prescribed Trulicity, but I don't have the nerve to use it because of the thyroid cancer?
Question posted by Tiz4 on 27 Jan 2015
Last updated on 5 September 2020 by Trulicity
I have been taking Trulicity for 2+years. I had no side effects. I started on the low dosage and then increased to 1.5mg I’ve a week. I had been taking Januvia that didn’t work as good. I am still on trulicity once a week. Still no problems and thyroid is fine, I’m 72. I’ve had thyroid problems since I was 16. Hope this has helped you.
Thyroid cancer is a possible side effect, however from my experience thyroid cysts are usually benign.
Package Insert Feb 2015
"Dulaglutide causes thyroid C-cell tumors in rats. It is unknown whether TRULICITY causes thyroid C-cell tumors, including medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC), in humans as human relevance could not be determined from clinical or nonclinical studies (5.1, 13.1)."
In the clinical phase trials with 4000 patients there were no patients that developed MTC. The GLP-1 RA (receptor agonists) analogs all cause MTC in laboratory rats. I would check the post marketing reports for the longest GLP-1 RA on the market (Byetta?) to see if there has ever been a reported case. Probably very rare?
What would help me to take these medications, is to remember that the thyroid cancer is a possiblity while the damage from high blood sugar is absolute. These meds have helped people who previously could not keep their blood sugars down. You'll never know how it will do for you if you don't try it. Remember if you get side effects you don't have to keep taking it.
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- Side effects of Trulicity (detailed)
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