Nexium Kidney Failure Lawsuit
Nexium, the popular heartburn, "antacid" and acid reflux drug has been linked to increased risk of kidney damage, gastric cancer, stomach cancer, nephritis, or kidney inflammation, chronic kidney disease (CKD) and kidney failure, often requiring kidney dialysis or even a kidney transplant. Many of these patients with kidney failure have already filed a nexium kidney lawsuit.
This new medical study states that long term use of PPI antacid heartburn medications like Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid increases the chance of kidney failure by 96% and chronic kidney disease by 26%. Currently, new Nexium warnings and label changes are being considered by the FDA.
Newium Lawsuit - Talk to a Nexium Lawyer
If your family has suffered injury due to the heartburn drug Nexium, you may be entitled to monetary damages by pursuing a Nexium kidney failure lawsuit. Antacid or heartburn drug Nexium is known to be associated with greatly increased risk of kidney injury, and gastric cancer and victims have a legal right to claim financial compensation. Call Toll Free 1-800-883-9858
Why Is Nexium Dangerous?
You may be wondering why Nexium is dangerous. If so, you should know that Nexium is in a family of drugs known as PPI, or proton pump inhibitors. These strong antacid drugs -- which also include Prilosec and Prevacid -- combat heartburn, indigestion and acid reflux by reducing or inhibiting the amount of acid produced in the stomach. Yet in doing so, such drugs as Nexium also may be causing a variety of side effects and complications. Among these are chronic kidney disease, which can lead to kidney failure, which can lead to death.
Nexium is supposed to be strictly beneficial, helping patients to reduce or eliminate heartburn, indigestion, acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). America has a huge market for such drugs, with more than $9 billion in annual sales, most of that going to Nexium.
Just Because Nexium is Over-the-Counter Doesn’t Mean It Is Safe !!
Though some PPI drugs are sold by prescription only, others also are sold over the counter, or OTC. Nexium is such a drug, and reportedly has had $6 billion in annual sales for manufacturer and seller Pfizer Inc. Over-the counter Nexium, also known as esomeprazole magnesium, is available in 20 mg doses, which is less than prescription forms of the drug. However, using OTC drugs also can cause problems. Sustained use of Nexium has been shown in studies to elevate the risk of chronic kidney disease by up to 50 per cent. Such a Nexium side effect, along with renal failure or renal disease (also known as nephritis), is the responsibility of the negligent manufacturer.
Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, leader of a recent PPI drug study, warned that people should not assume these antacid heartburn medications available over-the-counter at a drugstore are completely safe. “There’s growing evidence they’re not as safe as we’ve thought,” he said. He urged patients to use PPI drugs “only when it is medically necessary” and to restrict usage to the minimum amount needed.
Medical Studies Show Nexium Kidney Damage Risks
Just this month, in April of 2016, a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology reported that long-term, sustained usage of such PPI drugs as Nexium brought a 96 per cent raised danger of kidney failure and a more than 25 per cent raised danger of chronic kidney disease.
This five-year study of more than 170,000 persons who used PPI drugs showed that 15 per cent later suffered from chronic kidney disease, compared to just 11 per cent of persons who instead used alternative heartburn drugs known as H2 blockers, which aren’t PPI drugs. (That includes drugs such as Tagamet, Pepcid and Zantac.)
This is believed to be the initial major study showing a link between kidney failure and PPI drugs. The study was done at Washington University and the Clinical Epidemiology Center at the Veterans Administration in St. Louis. Other studies also have round a raised danger of kidney disease due to PPI drugs such as Nexium. They include a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in 2015 showing a three times greater risk of kidney inflammation, also known as interstitial nephritis, and more than two times greater danger of kidney disease for PPI users.
Another study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Internal Medicine, found an almost 50 per cent raised danger of kidney disease for persons taking a PPI drug at least twice daily. Nexium also has been shown to be linked to bone fractures.
FDA Warnings for Nexium Kidney Damage
Though it took three years to do so, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers about PPI drugs such as Nexium. The FDA was pressed by a lawsuit in 2011 to issue such a warning, and finally in December of 2014 it changed the language on such drugs’ labels to warn against the possible side effect of acute interstitial nephritis, which can cause kidney failure.
Actually, reports showing a connection between nephritis, or kidney inflammation, and Nexium date back for years. As of 2004, original manufacturer AstraZeneca reported 15 cases around the globe, and the number has increased steadily ever since then. Some victims have had to have long-term dialysis for kidney failure. The FDA also warned in 2010 that persons taking high doses of Nexium for over one year -- especially persons over 50 years old -- could face the dangers of spine, wrist or hip fractures.. New studies also show a rise in nexium stomach cancer cases as well.
The FDA also has said that sustained usage (one year or more) of PPI drugs may cause low serum magnesium levels, also known as hypomagnesemia, which can lead to muscle spasms (tetany), seizures (convulsions) and irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia).
Nexium Lawsuits for Kidney Failure and Kidney Injuries
Victims of such Nexium side effects or kidney damage, gastric cancer, stomach cancer and kidney failure and other renal complications have a legal right to seek payments for the medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering due to the defective drug. They need to speak with an experienced drug litigation lawyer about a Nexium lawsuits or a Nexium Class Action Lawsuit for kidney injuries and damages they have suffered needlessly. For free Nexium lawsuit consultation call the the Willis Law Firm.