Have you or a loved one taken Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid or another Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) and have suffered kidney damage or another serious injury?
Has someone in your family died due to kidney-related complications?
Individuals take PPI’s to alleviate symptoms of acid reflux, or they make take them to treat stomach ulcers and/or other injuries to the digestive tract that is caused by acid reflux.
Nexium, Prilosec & Prevacid are medications used to decrease the amount of stomach acid produces by the glands in your stomach’s lining or also known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Recent studies have linked Nexium, Prilosec or Prevacid to life-threatening complications such as:
- Interstitial Nephritis Chronic Kidney Failure
- Acute Kidney Disease
- Renal Failure
- Acute Kidney Injury
- Kidney Surgery
- Kidney Transplant
- Heart Attack
- Liver Disease
- Bone Fractures
- Unusual Bleeding
Kidney Disease (CKD) or Chronic Kidney Failure occurs gradually as the kidneys begin to lose their ability to function normally. When your kidneys lose their ability to function, waste products and excessive fluid can build up in your body. If this conditions continues to progress, kidney dialysis or a kidney transplant may be necessary. If left untreated or treatment is not successful, this condition may be fatal.
Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) or Acute Renal Failure is an abrupt loss of kidney function that develops within 7 days. Its causes are numerous. Generally it occurs because of damage to the kidney tissue caused by decreased renal blood flow (renal ischemia) from any cause (e.g. low blood pressure), exposure to substances harmful to the kidney, an inflammatory process in the kidney, or an obstruction of the urinary tract which impedes the flow of urine. AKI is diagnosed on the basis of characteristic laboratory findings, such as elevated blood urea nitrogen and creatinine, or inability of the kidneys to produce sufficient amounts of urine. AKI may lead to a number of complications, including metabolic acidosis, high potassium levels, uremia, changes in body fluid balance, and effects on other organ systems, including death. People who have experienced AKI may have an increased risk of chronic kidney disease in the future. Management includes treatment of the underlying cause and supportive care, such as renal replacement therapy.
Roughly about one-third of people diagnosed with AKI will also suffer from related cardiovascular complications, including heart failure, heart attack, arrhythmia or cardiac arrest. In addition to that, more than half of people diagnosed with AKI will experience lung-related cmplications, which is the most common cause of death for AKI patients.
Interstitial Nephritis is a kidney disorder in which the spaces between the kidney tubules become swollen (inflamed). This can cause problems with the way your kidneys work. Interstitial nephritis may be temporary (acute), or it may be long-lasting (chronic) and get worse over time. Interstitial nephritis can cause mild to severe kidney problems, including acute kidney failure. In about half of cases, people will have decreased urine output and other signs of acute kidney failure.
Symptoms of this condition may include:
- Blood in the urine
- Increased or decreased urine output
- Mental status changes (drowsiness, confusion, coma)
- Nausea, vomiting
- Swelling of the body, any area
- Weight gain (from retaining fluid)
is any disturbance of liver function that causes illness. The liver is responsible for many critical functions within the body and should it become diseased or injured, the loss of those functions can cause significant damage to the body. Liver disease is also referred to as hepatic disease. Liver disease is a broad term that covers all the potential problems that cause the liver to fail to perform its designated functions. Usually, more than 75% or three quarters of liver tissue needs to be affected before a decrease in function occurs.
Liver Disease Symptoms:
- Abdominal pain on the upper right side and Jaundice (a yellow discoloration of the skin )
- Fatigue, weakness and weight loss may also be occur.
Evidence is mounting that certain PPI manufacturers might have been aware of some major risks associated with PPIs, but did not disclose those risks to doctors or users.
In 2016, a plaintiff filed a lawsuit against Astra Zeneca in U.S. District Court, after he claimed PPI led to his kidney failure and the need for a lifesaving kidney transplant. The suit claims that Astra Zeneca knew of the risks to Nexium users’ kidneys, yet continued to market the drug without warning of these dangers.
As researchers discover more PPI-related medical problems, attorneys expect more lawsuits against manufacturers who knew about these risks, yet put profits before people.
While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a number of safety warnings regarding proton pump inhibitors, such as their potential to cause increased risk of bone fractures, association with low magnesium levels, and association with a specific type of gastrointestinal inflammation caused by a bacteria known as C. diff, it has not specifically addressed the very real and dangerous possibility of irreparable kidney damage.
Kondos & Kondos Law Offices is evaluating Prescription Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid lawsuits for those who have suffered injuries after taking these medications.
Attorneys at Kondos & Kondos Law Offices are available by calling 972-222-2222, e-mail, or by clicking here for a free, no-obligation evaluation.