Prilosec Lawsuit LawyerPrilosec lawsuits state that the drug maker failed to warn patients and physicians that Prilosec raises the risk of kidney damage, renal failure, ischemic stroke.
Plaintiffs’ lawyers argue that if the proton pump inhibitor drug maker (AstraZeneca) had properly warned of the risks, patients would have been prescribed a different medication for acid-related stomach issues. They would also have had their health monitored more frequently for signs of kidney disease and potential strokes.
What is Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, other PPIs
Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, and similar drugs are called proton pump inhibitors. PPIs are supposed to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease. These drugs reduce acid levels in the stomach. They may also be prescribed to treat acid-related damage to the esophageal lining; to reduce stomach ulcers; and to treat stomach infections.
Do PPIs Work?
Acid reflux is the primary reason that roughly 15 million Americans use proton pump inhibitors. However, researchers at Johns Hopkins University have said that perhaps 25% of long-term users could stop taking PPIs without suffering increased acid reflux or heartburn.
Prilosec Side Effects, PPI Injuries
The most serious Prilosec side effects and PPI injuries are strokes, bone fractures, kidney disease, renal failure, heart damage.
Multiple daily doses of PPIs for a year or more, especially for folks 50 or older, increases the risk of hip, wrist, and spine fractures. People who take PPIs appear to raise by 20-50% their risk of chronic kidney disease compared with nonusers, and increase their stroke risk 20-30%.
Other PPI Side Effects
• Abdominal pain
• Chronic inflammation of the stomach lining
• Dry mouth
• Low magnesium levels
Increased Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke, Renal Failure
Prilosec and Nexium users “are at increased risk for heart attack, stroke and renal failure,” said Dr. John P. Cooke, Houston Methodist Research Institute.
PPI users should tell their doctor if they experience any of these problems: kidney disease; osteoporosis; low bone mineral density (osteopenia); facial, arm or leg numbness; confusion or trouble speaking; vision loss; dizziness; walking difficulty; severe headache; low magnesium levels in the blood.
PPIs Overprescribed, Overused
“With research showing that anywhere from 30 to 70 percent of PPI users don’t need the drugs at all, Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman points a finger at gastroesophageal reflux disease as being a driving force behind PPI overuse.
Nephrologist and researcher Dr. Morgan Grams of Johns Hopkins, says she started to notice that most of her patients who presented with chronic kidney disease had been using PPIs.
Common heartburn drugs linked with kidney disease:
People who use proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have a 20 percent to 50 percent higher risk of chronic kidney disease compared with nonusers, said lead author Dr. Morgan Grams, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Use of the prescription heartburn drugs already has been linked to short-term kidney problems such as acute kidney injury and an inflammatory kidney disease called acute interstitial nephritis, said Dr. Grams. Newer studies now show a link between PPIs and chronic kidney disease, in which the kidneys lose their ability to filter blood properly.
According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, chronic kidney disease can lead to kidney failure, which can force one to undergo regular dialysis and possibly a kidney transplant.
Contact a Prilosec Lawyer
If you or someone you love took Prilosec and developed kidney disease, you may be eligible for financial compensation for loss of income and pain and suffering. Contact an experienced drug injury lawyer at our firm for a free legal consultation.
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