Nexium Stomach Cancer Lawsuit
Across the nation, thousands of Americans are taking action and fighting back after suffering stomach cancer following their use of harmful heartburn drugs. Many are doing so with a Nexium stomach cancer lawsuit which holds the drug’s negligent manufacturer responsible and claims payments for their injury losses.
Our law firm can help you and your family with such a Nexium lawsuit -- but we need to hear from you first. Please contact us today for a free case review in your behalf. With our free legal advice, you can decide if you want to proceed with a Nexium stomach cancer lawsuit.
Already, more than 2,330 individual lawsuits have been filed in U.S. federal courts claiming payments for losses due to Nexium or other drugs in the same same group known as proton pump inhibitors, or PPI. Your family could join these Americans’ ranks and fight back for the money to which you are legally entitled.
Why is Nexium so Dangerous?
In case you are wondering why Nexium and other PPI drugs are dangerous, we have answers. These answers are based on studies and medical research showing the link between taking such antacids or heartburn meds and then suffering stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, which can be deadly.
Such drugs are widely prescribed and also are sold over the counter to millions of Americans who take them to reduce stomach acid and treat gastric conditions including:
- Acid reflux
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD
- Stomach ulcers
- Small intestine ulcers
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug-induced gastropathy
- Inflammation of the esophagus
- Peptic ulcer disease
- Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
But though PPI drugs such as Nexium can treat such conditions by blocking excessive acid buildup in the stomach, in doing so they also can inhibit the body’s absorption of vital minerals. This, in turn, can result in highly dangerous PPI drug side effects including stomach cancer.
Possible Stomach Cancer Symptoms
Unfortunately, stomach cancer symptoms are limited in the cancer’s early stages, and stomach cancer may not be diagnosed until it reaches an advanced and increasingly deadly stage. However, you can watch for certain possible stomach cancer symptoms, which may lead you to consult with a physician.
These gastric cancer symptoms include:
- Blood in the stool, which may appear to be black
- Weight loss
- Reduced appetite
- Yellowing of the eyes
- Yellowing of the skin
- Upper abdominal pain
Stomach Cancer Stages
Stomach cancer can advance through five stages. These stages signify to what degree the cancer has progressed through the stomach’s five layers.
Stomach cancer can arise anywhere in the stomach’s lining, from its entrance, also known as the cardia, to the bottom of the stomach, also known as the pylorus. Stomach cancer even can progress to other body parts such as the bones, the lungs, the liver, the lymph nodes and the lining of the abdomen, but this advancement of stomach cancer occurs only in severe cases.
If stomach cancer can be diagnosed in its early stages and is restricted to the stomach’s inner linings, it often can be treated by means of an endoscopic mucosal resection, or perhaps via gastrectomy and lymphandenectomy, without needing radiation or chemotherapy.
However, if stomach cancer becomes advanced and moves on to the outer stomach, it becomes more difficult to treat.
Heartburn and Reflux Drug Makers Failed to Warn of Stomach Cancer
Makers of PPI drugs such as Nexium have utterly failed the public by not warning them of stomach cancer risks associated with taking these heartburn meds for prolonged periods. If warnings had been provided, then patients and physicians would have had the option of seeking alternative treatments or treatment methods. Instead, millions of people have continued taking Nexium despite its potentially harmful Nexium side effects.
Meanwhile, drug companies such as AstraZeneca, which peddles prescription Nexium, and Pfizer, which sells over-the-counter Nexium, have continued to reap billions of dollars in profits. Among all of the big-selling heartburn meds, Nexium stands alone with the highest sales: over $72 billion.
Clearly, the more Nexium people take and the longer they take it, the more these giant corporations make. That’s clearly why they’ve encouraged long-term use despite knowing that a PPI drug could cause dangerous side effects such as stomach cancer.
By failing to alert consumers to Nexium side effects dangers, the drug’s sellers fail to alert them to the need to consider reducing their treatments, seeking other heartburn treatments and perhaps getting a stomach cancer screening.
Earlier stomach cancer screenings can lead to earlier diagnoses and treatments, which can save lives. But without proper warnings provided by the drug maker, persons who use Nexium lack sufficient information to guide them in seeking what could be life-saving early screenings.
Do You Need a Nexium Stomach Cancer Lawsuit?
In view of drug makers’ creation of a defective product and then failing to warn the public of its potential harmful side effects, pharmaceutical companies have proven their negligence. Such negligence can be the basis of a Nexium stomach cancer lawsuit. Do you need one?
If so, please contact our law firm today for a free and confidential legal review of your case. We will advise of your chances for a successful Nexium lawsuit and then can provide you with such legal assistance if you request it.
Contact us today for your free case review, and let us launch the process of securing the payments to which you and your family are legally entitled after suffering injury from a defective drug. Your Nexium stomach cancer lawsuit can fight for such payments -- and for you.