Heartburn Medication Linked to Kidney Failure

Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, Protonix, AciPhex and Zegerid are in a class of drugs called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) that are widely prescribed to treat heartburn, acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in millions of Americans. These common medications are available over-the-counter or by prescription. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine, January 2016, shows that those taking PPIs once a day had a 15% increased risk of chronic kidney disease. The study also shows that those who took PPIs twice a day were 46% more likely to develop chronic kidney disease.

The study also found that those who took PPIs had a 39% higher risk of kidney disease than patients that took H2 blockers (Tagamet, Pepcid & Zantac), a different type of drug used to treat acid reflux. In an April 2016 study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, the risk of end-stage renal disease was 96% higher in those who took PPIs.

Side Effects: Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec

Dangerous side effects associated with these medications are:

  • Acute Kidney/Renal Failure
  • Acute Interstitial Nephritis
  • Chronic Kidney/Renal Disease
  • Dialysis Treatment

You May Qualify for Compensation

You and your family rely on your medication and your doctor to keep you safe. If manufacturers failed to inform you or your doctor of the potential side effects, or you suffered adverse reactions without warning of the potential consequences of taking the drug, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the drug’s manufacturer.

At Cory Watson Attorneys, we hold pharmaceutical companies responsible when they produce dangerous drugs. Companies that are negligent and endanger the public need to be held accountable when their products cause harm.

Get Justice Today

If you or a loved one suffered from kidney failure while taking Nexium, Prevacid, or Prilosec you may have suffered a serious side effect caused by taking the heartburn medications. You may be able to file a lawsuit and seek financial compensation from the drug’s manufacturer for the injuries that you or your family experienced. If you have been injured by Nexium, Prevacid, or Prilosec, we would like to talk with you  about getting the compensation you deserve.

 Do not stop taking a prescribed medication without consulting with your doctor.