Has your heartburn medication caused chronic kidney disease or kidney failure? Unfortunately, the majority of the most popular heart burn medications in America today are proton pump inhibitors including Prilosec, Prevacid, and Nexium. PPIs may also be linked to acquired infections, birth defects and acute kidney infections. Heartburn sufferers spend $10 billion a year on PPIs. Originally sold by prescription only, many PPIs are now available over-the-counter (OTC) and in generic or store-brand versions. The popular heartburn drugs are among the most widely consumed medications in the U.S. Since 2016, people have filed hundreds of lawsuits claiming Prilosec, Prevacid, Nexium and other heartburn medicines caused kidney disease, damage or injuries and that manufacturers have failed to warn people about the risk for years.
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are medicines that work by reducing the amount of stomach acid made by glands in the lining of your stomach. Proton pump inhibitor medications are used in the treatment of:
Examples of these medications include:
PPIs reduce stomach acid production by blocking an acid-producing enzyme. While stomach acid is important, when it is found in the wrong place or in too large a quantity, it can result in heartburn or ulcer development. PPIs are very commonly used to combat these and other conditions. In fact, this class of medications is among the top 10 most frequently prescribed drug classes. Billions of dollars are spent on these medications every year. For the most part, PPIs are both safe and highly effective.
Additionally, ongoing use has been linked to:
Many patients overuse PPIs. While these medications are helpful in treating certain conditions, an occasional bout of slight heartburn does not require this level of treatment. An H2 blocker or antacid medicine such as Tums or Maalox is sufficient. Because of the risks associated with long-term use of PPIs, it is important to use these medications sparingly—in low doses, and for short periods of time.
If you have been injured due to use of proton pump inhibitor drugs, you deserve advocacy. Request a no-obligation consultation with our legal team. We have recovered compensation for clients in a broad range of injury cases involving dangerous and defective drugs. We understand how to protect you at this time. Speak with a drug injury lawyer from our office in a free consultation. Contact The Fox Law Firm, P.C. at 1-866-FOX-FIRM today.