Heartburn Drug Lawsuits
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Millions of Americans suffer from heartburn and acid reflux. Over-the-counter and prescription drugs like Nexium and Prilosec offer some relief, but recent evidence shows they are associated with severe, life-threatening side effects. Many Americans are discovering their kidney disease and other health problems are linked to heartburn drugs like Nexium and Prilosec. If you are among them, don’t hesitate to get legal help from a skilled Chicago dangerous drug attorney at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm. With over 50 years of collective experience and over 10,000 cases handled, we have the insight and resources necessary to pursue just compensation in dangerous drug cases.
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Studies Link Heartburn Drugs to Kidney Disease
Nexium and Prilosec are proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) that reduce stomach acid to relieve symptoms of acid reflux, GERD, and ulcers. Several studies now link these drugs to significant risks for chronic kidney disease and failure, causing shock and worry among patients and doctors alike.
There are many different types of PPIs, including the following:
All PPIs can cause a disorder called AIN (acute interstitial nephritis). AIN sends inflammatory cells into the kidneys and can lead to kidney failure if it goes untreated.
Chronic Kidney Disease
Perhaps the most dangerous side effect of these drugs is the risk of chronic kidney disease and failure. A study involving more than 250,000 people recently showed that those who took PPIs developed chronic kidney disease at much higher rates than expected. Patients taking a PPI once daily had a 15% increased risk, and those who took a PPI twice daily had a 46% risk increase.
Importantly, patients taking PPIs had a 39% increased risk of chronic kidney disease compared to patients taking another type of heartburn drug known as H2 blockers (such as Zantac).
Other kidney conditions associated with PPIs:
- Acute kidney failure
- Acute interstitial nephritis
Troublingly, symptoms of kidney disease can be non-specific, like fever, nausea, rash, and tiredness. This can make it difficult for a patient to be properly diagnosed and treated.
Experts Weigh In on this Dangerous Drug
When these studies came out, experts expressed concern about how much and how easily doctors prescribe PPIs. There were no known side effects of PPIs when they were first released in the 1990s. As obesity skyrocketed, doctors wrote PPI prescriptions quickly and easily, thinking the drugs would be a quick and safe solution. Combined with the ease of getting these drugs over-the-counter, millions of people started taking the drugs inappropriately.
Now, PPIs are among the most commonly used drugs in the world, and we are just discovering their true risks. As more evidence emerges on the association between PPIs and kidney damage, patients should speak with their doctors to determine the best way to move forward. Most people can alleviate heartburn and acid reflux through lifestyle by reducing alcohol, quitting smoking, and diet changes. Others may need more intensive treatment plans.
Pursuing PPI Lawsuits with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm
Our dangerous drug lawyers in Chicago are currently accepting cases involving kidney damage from Nexium, Prilosec, and other PPIs. Patients have already begun filing lawsuits against the negligent drug companies who marketed these drugs as safe and effective without knowing their true harm.
If you have any questions about PPIs and their side effects, contact us for a free consultation. We accept clients nationwide and have 30 years of experience fighting drug companies.