Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec
Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec are part of a class of heartburn drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPI). These drugs may be regularly used to treat heartburn and acid reflux, as the drugs aim to reduce the amount of acid production in the stomach. However, research shows that these drugs have a high risk of causing chronic kidney disease (CKD), particularly acute interstitial nephritis, CKD progression, and end-stage renal disease (ESRD).
A study published by The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) states that there is no direct, causal relationship between the use of these drugs and chronic kidney disease. However, an increased risk was found to be associated with an increase in the dosage, which suggests that the observed effect is real.
Studies also reveal that more than 15 million Americans used proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in 2013. Short-term use of these drugs is associated with kidney problems, including acute kidney injury. Continued use of the drugs causes the kidneys to lose their ability to filter blood effectively. Use of these drugs is also tied with other health problems such as bone fractures and infections.
PPIs also interact with other common prescription drugs, and can increase the risk of heart attack and even death in some individuals. Therefore, it is advised that anyone wanting to use PPIs regularly must first consult with their health-care provider to make sure that it is safe for them to use the drugs, especially if they are already taking other medication.
People experiencing any of the possible side effects after the use of Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec and similar PPIs are advised to contact a mass tort attorney to discuss if they have a possible claim. A lawsuit can be filed claiming that the manufacturer failed to warn users about the possible effects and the increased risk of kidney disease, fractures and other side effects.
Apart from an increased risk of chronic kidney disease, use of Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec is associated with abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, drowsiness, chronic inflammation of the stomach lining, dry mouth, gas, headaches, nausea and more. To talk to a qualified attorney, call the office of Fenstersheib & Berkowitz, P.A. at (800) 529-6268 to discuss your case.