Proton pump inhibitors are known for causing a broad range of medical issues in users. Unfortunately, manufacturers do not always follow through as far as advising patients about the risks associated with a particular drug and mainly it is the patients who often suffer as a result. Recent research has shown that some of the most popular medications used by Americans and people around the world, proton pump inhibitors, can carry serious side effects for a patient using them generally or over a long period of time.
These medications are some of the most commonly prescribed around the world. In fact, PPIs are among the ten most commonly prescribed medications around the globe, and many people turn to them due to the large numbers of people suffering from conditions like acid reflux. Since many of these generics are relatively easy to get and so broadly marketed, patients may even take them for a long period of time to deal with chronic heartburn and acid reflux issues. Some research has shown, however, that long-term use of these medications can be damaging for patients.
Lawsuits may be essential for recouping emotional and medical costs associated with the serious side effects linked to these drugs including generic PPIs. Proton pump inhibitors are typically prescribed to patients who suffer from erosive esophagitis or gastroesophageal reflux disease. These conditions occur when stomach acid is in over production and makes its way to other locations in the body such as the throat.
The purpose of proton pump inhibitors is to reduce the production of gastric acid to give the user relief from irritation. It can also assist with healing the esophagus. These drugs are extremely popular and many individuals have been taking PPIs including their generic counterparts for decades. New research, however, indicates that these medications have been linked to a number of serious side effects including dementia, heart attacks and bone fractures.
The most recent research released in 2016 also connected PPI usage to severe kidney problems. Evidence is mounting that PPI manufacturers may have been aware of some of the major risks associated with this medication but chose not to disclose these to the users or to the physicians prescribing the medication or recommending over the counter versions. Individuals who have been harmed by PPIs may turn to the legal system in order to recoup compensation for the injuries they have sustained.
Side Effects of Proton Pump Inhibitors
Individuals taking medications will typically experience mild side effects like nausea or headaches to accompany the majority of medications. However, studies show that individuals using PPIs including generics may suffer more serious medical complications that can alter the quality of their life.
In 2016, for example, the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology reported that those individuals taking PPIs on a long term basis are 95% more likely to experience kidney failure. Long term PPI users are additionally 28% more likely to suffer from serious chronic kidney disease. The annual cost of these treatments are extremely expensive and it can be very painful and frustrating for a client to go through.
In 2016, the Pharmaceutical Journal identified that avoiding PPIs could help to prevent the onset of dementia. Those individuals who regularly used PPIs including their generic counterparts were 44% more likely to develop dementia. This is an emotionally and financially costly disease.
In 2015, the Stanford University School of Medicine identified PPI usage with a connection to heart attack risk. There was a 16% to 21% increase in heart attack risk for those individuals using PPIs. Since then numerous studies have identified with higher incidents of bone break events for those individuals taking PPIs over the long run.
Proton pump inhibitors have been on the market for years starting in the 1970s and different formulas have been delivered over the course of the years but most PPIs continue to expose users to the same dangers because they work by inhibiting proton pumps from secreting any gastric acid. Those individuals who have been taking PPIs including generic versions without knowledge of the dangers may be too late and it may be necessary to turn to legal system for help.
Our law firm is investigating claims for those individuals who have suffered side effects after using this medicine.