Reflux Antacids and Stomach Cancer
Did you know that the antacids you take for acid reflux or heartburn could cause you to suffer stomach cancer? That’s been shown in study after study of drugs in a family of medications known as proton pump inhibitors, or PPI.
Such PPI drugs include the biggest-selling Nexium as well as Prilosec and Prevacid. All are taken to treat stomach acid conditions such as acid reflux, heartburn, peptic ulcers and dyspepsia. These medications are sold by prescription as well as over the counter -- and all could be dangerous.
When such drugs contribute to stomach cancer, Americans can fight back. They can get a stomach cancer lawsuit directed at the negligent manufacturers whose products have injured them. If you need such a Nexium lawsuit or a lawsuit for another heartburn or antacid drug such as Prilosec or Prevacid, contact our law firm today for a free legal review of your case. You could be entitled to substantial payments for your injury losses, including your pain, suffering, lost wages and medical costs.
Early Symptoms of Stomach Cancer
A major difficulty in treating stomach cancer is that there are few immediate or at least symptoms to warn of the condition. In fact, according to the trusted medical website WebMd.com, persons with early stomach cancer may have only vague symptoms. The site also says, “A gastric tumor can grow very large before it causes other symptoms.”
Early stomach cancer symptoms can include:
- Mild nausea
- Loss of appetite
- A bloated sensation after eating
- Stomach discomfort
Many of these symptoms are common maladies which may not have serious causes. In fact, such symptoms can indicate peptic ulcers, acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), all of which are commonly treated with PPI drugs.
In other words, the same drugs you might take to combat acid reflux or heartburn can cause stomach cancer -- stomach cancer whose early symptoms include the same acid reflux or heartburn. Though such symptoms may not indicate stomach cancer in its early stages, experiencing such symptoms for a prolonged period of time could be an indicator of stomach cancer.
Symptoms of Advanced Stomach Cancer
During more advanced stages of stomach cancer, symptoms can be more apparent. These can include:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Vomiting or vomiting blood, which might look like coffee grounds
- Blood in the stool, which might look black or tarry
- Pain or discomfort in the middle or upper area of the abdomen
- Loss of weight
- Fatigue or weakness akin to anemia
- Bloating or pain in the stomach following eating
- A sensation of fullness after eating only a small amount
- Fluid buildup in the abdomen, known as ascites
Research, Studies Show Antacids Can Cause Stomach Cancer
In many studies, research has shown that taking antacids in the PPI family -- drugs such as Nexium, Prevacid and Prilosec -- can contribute to a higher risk of suffering stomach cancer, as well as other harmful PPI drug side effects such as kidney damage and broken bones. A particular study done in Hong Kong examined the medical records of 63,397 persons who had received treatment for stomach infection with H. pylori bacteria and, as part of that treatment, took PPI drugs.
Even after the bacteria had been eliminated, persons who’d taken PPI drugs in a long-term manner were found to be more likely to be diagnosed with stomach cancer in the following seven to eight years. In all, 153 persons in the study who’d taken PPI drugs later got stomach cancer. The study was conducted by researchers from University College London and the University of Hong Kong. It was reported in the peer-reviewed medical journal Gut.
"To our knowledge this is the first study to demonstrate that long-term PPI use, even after H. pylori eradication therapy, is still associated with an increased risk of gastric cancer," the researchers said of their findings. "Physicians should therefore exercise caution when prescribing long-term PPIs to these patients."
Who is Target of a PPI Drug Stomach Cancer Lawsuit?
As for who should be the target of a PPI drug lawsuit, that would be the drug manufacturer whose product can contribute to a heightened danger of stomach cancer. Such drug makers know that this association exists, yet they have not warned the general public or physicians about potentially deadly PPI drug side effects such as stomach cancer. Already, stomach cancer lawsuits are underway, both as individual lawsuits and as class-action lawsuits involving groups of people. We can help explain the differences and what's likely the best for your injuries.
Contact our law firm today for a free legal review of your case, and let us help you determine if you may need a PPI drug lawsuit to protect your legal rights.
If so, we can help you with a PPI drug lawsuit targeting the companies which produced and sold such reflux antacids as the drugs Nexium, Prevacid and Prilosec. Claiming payments for your drug injury losses is your legal right as an American. The Willis Law Firm has extensive experience helping Americans like you to protect this legal right. Again, contact us today, and let’s launch the process which could lead to significant payments for your drug injury or stomach cancer losses due to defective reflux antacids or PPI drugs such as Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid.