Please get all the side effects before starting. I was on Symlin for 1 1/2 years and felt great! I lost about 30 lbs. Then in March of 2008, I was hospitalized for complications of diabetes. they found that my stomach was not emptying and I now have a complication called Gastroparesis. I was immediately removed from Symlin which they thought was the cause. The problem is that Gastroparesis doesn't go away. I now must have endoscopies to stretch the opening between the stomach and intestine. The nerve was affected by the Symlin so it doesn't work properly now.

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Comment by Nikki DeFalco on April 22, 2009 at 9:44am
Holy cow...I have off and on used Symlin, have you read of any other cases like this?
Comment by Cheryl Pealer on April 22, 2009 at 2:08pm
Nikki,
I never knew that it could be the cause of what I have. I do have Type 1 Diabetes since I was 20 (now 55) and it was used to control ups and downs which worked great until I got sick. They tell me that if I were to have continued on it, I would get worse. When the stomach doesn't empty, it backs up and causes you to be sick but the symlin causes nausea also so I never related it to anything else. Good luck and be aware of any new symptoms you might have.
Comment by Scott K. Johnson on April 23, 2009 at 3:59pm
Very interesting - are they sure it was the symlin that caused it? Gastoparesis is also a complication of diabetes without any contributing causes... ?
Comment by MelissaBL on April 23, 2009 at 8:14pm
We have several members here who deal with gastroparesis. Check out their group here. So sorry you're struggling with it now. :(
Comment by Cheryl Pealer on April 24, 2009 at 7:41am
Scott,
I know that Gastroparesis is a complication of diabetes but the Symlin use slows the digestion down and they felt it contributed to the onset.
Comment by carolyn mcquis on June 22, 2009 at 7:38pm
I need immediate help. Is there anyone out there taking Symlin that is not on insulin injections?

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