When you’re prescribed Nexium, you faithfully take it and hope that you will no longer deal with the symptoms of acid reflux. Yet, thousands of men and women who were prescribed Nexium suffered from fluid build-up on their brains. Because of this severe and devastating side effect, those injured have filed a heartburn medication lawsuit.
New Study Shows Terrifying Results
A study was published in the August 2016 issue of Hepatology that indicates a terrifying result of using Nexium and other proton pump inhibitors. The researchers found that proton pump inhibitors may cause hepatic encephalopathy. The study suggested that doctors use more caution when prescribing Nexium and other proton pump inhibitors.
What Is Hepatic Encephalopathy?
Hepatic encephalopathy is a decrease in brain function that happens because of liver disease. It is caused when the liver is too damaged to remove toxins from your blood stream. It can be short term or long term in nature. Eventually, a person suffering from hepatic encephalopathy may become unresponsive and fall into a coma.
Symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy can mirror several other conditions:
- Difficulty thinking
- A change in personality
- Poor concentration
- Problems with fine motor movements
- Poor judgment
- A change in the odor of the breath
- Confused speech
- Shaky hands
Treatment of the condition will depend on the severity of the condition. You may need to eat less protein or take medication. Irreversible complications include brain hernia, brain swelling, and organ failure.
Nexium Causes Other Devastating Life Changes
Hepatic encephalopathy isn’t the main cause of heartburn medication lawsuits. Nexium is more commonly known to cause kidney disease and dementia. In February of 2016, a study was released that included more than 10,000 individuals. It showed a significant increase in chronic kidney disease among those who used Nexium and PPI medications. This was not the first study. Many doctors noticed the correlation between kidney disease and Nexium. One of the theories includes the drop in magnesia from taking the medication. Magnesia is a necessary component to good kidney function.
In April of 2016, Dr. Willy Gomm published a study in JAMA that involved more than 70,000 patients regarding dementia. The study revealed that individuals who took Nexium and other proton pump inhibitors had a significantly higher risk of developing dementia compared to those who did not take the same type of medication.
Were Your Hurt By Taking Nexium?
If you developed kidney disease, dementia, or hepatic encephalopathy from taking Nexium or another proton pump inhibitor, you may benefit from a heartburn medication lawsuit. You could receive compensation for your injuries and for future medical care. Goldwater Law Firm provides free initial consultations for people who develop a life-altering side effect from taking Nexium.
Goldwater Law Firm is here to help. We provide expert and compassionate representation of people who are hurt because of a defective medical device or prescription drug. It’s important to have your potential claim evaluated. Goldwater Law Firm can help. Call us now or complete our contact form to book your free consultation to learn how you may benefit from a heartburn medication lawsuit.