Millions of people suffer with severe heart burn, indigestion, and acid reflux that causes them to seek out a solution from their primary care provider. After being prescribed Nexium, a proton pump inhibitor, they may begin to feel better, but eventually notice other symptoms that point to kidney disease.
The Risks of Taking Nexium
If you were prescribed Nexium and later developed kidney problems, you may benefit from a Nexium lawsuit to receive compensation for your injuries. Did you know that studies have shown that taking Nexium can raise your risk of kidney problems by 50% when compared to people who do not take Nexium?
Nexium is routinely prescribed by doctors to treat acid reflux, indigestion, and heart burn. In fact, it is often over prescribed. Only about 25% of those who currently take Nexium actually need it to control their symptoms. Sadly, when individuals try to stop taking Nexium they develop acid reflux even if they didn’t have it when the medication was prescribed. Even scarier is the risk of developing kidney disease or other kidney problems.
Kidney Disease Not Discussed with the FDA
When Nexium was initially approved in the early 1990s, there was no mention in FDA documents that the drug could cause kidney problems. However, physicians were reporting a correlation between taking Nexium and the development of kidney disease. The relation, known as pathognomonic, was written about in peer reviewed medical journals.
Failure to Warn Patients
A Nexium lawsuit alleges that the manufacturer neglected to warn patients of the potential to develop kidney problems after taking the drug for an extended period of time. Had patients known that this devastating occurrence was a true risk, they may have opted to choose a different medication.
Other Risks of Taking Nexium
Nexium lawsuits involve more than the tragic development of kidney disease. If you’ve developed any of the following problems while taking Nexium, it is important that you speak with your doctor and then make an appointment to have your potential claim evaluated.
- Osteoporosis – Nexium has been shown to cause the bones to become weak
- Osteopenia – Nexium has been shown to deprive the bones of needed minerals
- Low levels of magnesia in your blood – Your kidneys need magnesia to properly function
- Abdominal pain
- Chronic inflammation of the stomach lining
- Chronic constipation
- Chronic diarrhea
Signs of Kidney Disease
Kidney disease is extremely serious. It can even lead to kidney failure. Kidney failure can lead to you needing dialysis or a kidney transplant. If you notice any of these signs and you’re taking Nexium, it’s imperative that you speak with your doctor about the health of your kidneys:
- Heart arrhythmia
- Electrolyte imbalance
- Fluid retention
Get More Information About Nexium Lawsuits
If you developed kidney disease after taking Nexium, it’s important that you learn more about Nexium lawsuits and your legal options. The FDA has not recalled Nexium despite the correlation between it and serious kidney problems. Call Goldwater Law Firm now to discuss your potential claim. It’s important that you hire a firm that is established, experienced, and dedicated. If you’ve been hurt, call us now.