If you have recently been injured after using a proton pump inhibitor, you may be entitled to compensation. Proton pump inhibitors are designed to reduce the production of gastric acid but they have been linked to higher risks of critical kidney injuries.
Basics of Proton Pump Inhibitors
Proton pump inhibitors are one class of drugs used to treat heartburn, ulcers, acid reflux and other gastrointestinal issues. Some of the most popular drugs within this category include Prilosec, Protonics, Dexilant, Zegerid, Nexium, and Prevacid. These heartburn drugs are frequently promoted by the manufacturers as effective and safe, leading many doctors to continue prescribing these medications.
Unfortunately, however, a number of proton pump inhibitor lawsuits have been on the rise as a result of patients who have suffered serious kidney problems including:
- Kidney transplant surgery
- Acute interstitial nephritis
- Kidney or renal failure
- Dialysis treatment
- Chronic kidney disease
- Acute kidney injury
The lawsuits allege that the manufacturer of this medication failed to warn the public and physicians about the serious kidney risks associated with proton pump inhibitors. Individuals who have been injured may be entitled to recover compensation.
What You Need to Know About the Side Effects of Proton Pump Inhibitors
Short term use of proton pump inhibitors has not currently been linked to any catastrophic side effects. However, those patients who have been using the medication for some time may be at a high risk of serious bone fracture as well. The FDA recommends that no individual take more than three different 14-day treatment courses over a one-year period.
In one recent study involving 135 patients over the age of 50, high doses of proton pump inhibitors taken over the course of 12 months increased the chances of that patient breaking his or her hip by more than two and a half times.
There are other serious side effects that patients should be aware of when it comes to proton pump inhibitors. These include:
- Abdominal pain
Although these side effects may be rare, they should be taken seriously if you begin to experience them. They can be critical in nature and should be reported to your doctor immediately.
Patients taking PPIs may also have a higher risk of dementia, says one 2016 German study. In an evaluation of patients aged 75 and older, those taking PPIs had a 44 percent higher risk of developing dementia than their peers.
Research from the San Francisco Public Health Department shows that these drugs are often prescribed when patients may actually benefit more from diet and lifestyle changes.
Kidney Problems with Proton Pump Inhibitors
Proton pump inhibitors work by reducing the level of stomach acid produced and minimizing the symptoms of heartburn and pain caused if that stomach juice backs up into the esophagus. This also gives the esophagus appropriate time to heal. Medications like Nexium and Prilosec have been used by millions of Americans across the country but there are serious concerns raised in recent years about whether or not these drugs are widely overused and how this can contribute to critical medical problems.
Many individuals believe they may have been able to avoid more serious kidney problems from proton pump inhibitors if stronger warnings had been provided. Several recent studies have connected proton pump inhibitors and a higher risk of kidney injury. Those patients who have sustained kidney injuries may be entitled to recover compensation.
If you believe that your kidney injuries or bone fractures may have been caused as a result of long term PPI usage, you need to consult with both your physician and an experienced attorney about your rights.