Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosecvw emi medications are a form of proton pump inhibitors. These medications have been associated with higher risks of chronic kidney failure. If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease or has already suffered kidney failure as a result of daily use of prescription strength Prilosec, you may be eligible to recover compensation.
Proton pump inhibitors are some of the most widely-prescribed medications in the world. Accoridng to research, these are among the top 10 most prescribed classes of medications and are often used to treat conditions such as peptic ulcers, indigestion, and acid reflux. Many of these patients will suffer from chronic acid reflux and therefore may turn to these medications on a regular basis. However, a rising number of consumers are experiencing other medical conditions that may be tied to their long-term usage of PPIs like Prilosec. If this is you, you may need to take legal cation. Our law firm is currently investigating situations like this and it is strongly recommended you reach out to learn more about next steps.
The Journal of the American Medical Association published an article in February of 2016 with study results about the long term use of PPI medications. These medications while they have been marketed as relatively safe for regular use for individuals who are suffering from heartburn and acid reflux could increase the risk of chronic kidney disease development. The 10-year risk of chronic kidney disease for those individuals using proton pump inhibitors was up to 50% higher than individuals who had not taken these medications.
The study also identified that long term use of PPIs such as Prilosec could lead to much higher risks of developing the condition. In June of 2015 Medical Journal PLOS1 reported the results of two separate studies indicating that PPI use could lead to a higher risk of heart attack by increasing a patient’s risk as much as 21%. A number of other serious side effects have been linked to PPI medications like Prilosec. A 2006 study, for example, showed an increase in bone fracture risk for the elderly, a 2010 warning handed down by the Food and Drug Administration had to do with the risk for bone fractures.
In 2009, another study conducted in Denmark identified that PPI use could lead to a rebound acid effect, leading the patient to develop dependency on the medication. Investigations were completed in 2010 regarding a higher than normal risk for cardiac birth defects when PPIs were taken while a woman was pregnant. The Food and Drug Administration concluded that although there was not a statistically significant link, there were birth defects that had been cited as a claim in multiple PPI lawsuits.
In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration released a notice about PPI induced hypo magnesia after patients had used the medication for long period of times. Low levels of magnesium could lead to muscular and neurological effects including impacts on the heart as well as seizures. Various observational studies have also identified connections between adverse events associated with PPI use such as acquired infection and interstitial nephritis.
Chronic Kidney Failure and PPI Use
Chronic kidney disease may also be referred to as chronic renal failure and refers to repeated damage to the kidneys as a result of inability to filter out metabolic products from the patient’s blood. These symptoms may include:
- High blood pressure
- Fluid retention
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- Heart failure
- Fluid in the lungs
Any of these symptoms should be reported immediately to a physician. Prior lawsuits against other drug companies have alleged that manufacturers illegally or improperly marketed their medications, did not appropriately warn patients or physicians about the risk of using a drug, or made a defective or dangerous drug to begin with.
Some manufacturers may also have known the dangers of medication use and marketed this medication anyways. If you or a loved one has already suffered kidney failure, chronic kidney disease or other severe medical injuries such as a heart attack after regular use of a PPI medication, you may be entitled to recover compensation with the help of an experienced defective drug attorney investigating these claims.