Our lawyers are investigating the potential for a Nexium Prilosec Prevacid Lawsuit. These Proton Pump Inhibitors may cause increase risk of kidney disease.

If you have taken Nexium Prilosec or Prevacid and have developed or are developing Chronic Kidney Disease, recent research suggests these medications could be the source of your illness. Currently, law firms are investigating prescription and over-the-counter Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid for potential liability from the manufacturers.  Our attorneys want to hear from anyone who have taken these drugs and have experienced these side effects. Such individuals could be eligible to file a lawsuit to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages incurred as a result of their injuries.

Fill out the contact us form below and an attorney will get back to you with information regarding the merits of your case as well as informing you of updated information obtained as a result of our ongoing investigation. This consultation is free and without obligation.

Recent Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Studies

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Two recent studies suggest that proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, have been linked to an increased risk of Chronic Kidney Disease. Specifically, these drugs include Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid, all of which treat heartburn as well as acid reflux. These studies suggest that these types of drugs should not have been taken for periods of time beyond a couple of months.

Dr. Pradeep Arora, principal author of one of the studies stated, “It is very reasonable to assume that PPIs themselves can cause chronic kidney disease.”  “Patients should only use PPIs for [FDA] approved uses, and not only for the every day heartburn,” he stated. With chronic kidney disease increasing in the U.S., with between 18 million and 22 million Americans suffering, it’s a concern.  Chronic kidney disease occurs when a person’s kidneys become damaged and can’t filter blood as they should.  Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes and high blood pressure.

Dr. Arora’s study included well over 20,000 patients who developed kidney disease between 2001 and 2008. 25% of patients had been previously treated using a PPI.  The study suggests individuals taking a PPI also had nearly double the risk of dying prematurely. The second study included 10,000 patients, with over 1/2 PPI users more likely to develop chronic kidney disease than non-PPI users; this is after adjusting for differences between the groups.

H-2 blockers, such as Zantac, were not included in these studies and were not seen to have a higher risk of chronic kidney disease. A couple theories Arora has stated that links PPIs and chronic kidney disease include:

  • Kidney damage if patients suffer repeated bouts of acute interstitial nephritis, linked to short-term use of PPIs;
  • Cause of magnesium levels in blood to decline, which can cause kidney damage.

Unfortunately, it has been noted by Aurora, “[a]ccording to U.S. Data, 90 percent of prescriptions for PPI are not related to FDA-approved indications.  “We are using this medication right and left, and it may be counterproductive for many patients.”

Legal Consultations for Alleged Victims of Nexium, Prilosec or Prevacid and Chronic Kidney Disease

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If you suspect that Nexium, Prilosec or Prevacid may be related to Chronic Kidney Disease that you or a loved one experienced, you could be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability, emotional distress, loss of income, and/or wrongful death.

Please fill out the contact us page and an attorney will get back to you with information regarding the merits of your case as well as having information that we have obtained as a result of our ongoing investigation.

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Do you suffer from chronic kidney disease as a result of taking Nexium, Prilosec or Privacid?

Please contact us today for a free consultation to see if you are entitled to damages.

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