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If you took Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid or another proton pump inhibitor and then developed kidney problems, call The Goldwater Law Firm right now.
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Have you been using heartburn medication classified as a proton pump inhibitor? You might be disheartened to learn that a medication you thought was helping you has actually been linked to serious side effects and long-lasting damage for your kidneys.
What Drugs Are Proton Pump Inhibitors?
Some of the most common drugs classified in this category include Prevacid, Nexium, and Prilosec. These medications work by treating heartburn conditions by decreasing stomach acid. According to new research out of Johns Hopkins University, individuals who use these medication face significantly higher risks for chronic kidney disease. These drugs are used by more than 15 million people across the country.
The most recent data suggest that individuals taking these medications could have risks 20 percent to 50 percent higher than individuals not using these medicines. Currently, research has not identified a cause and effect relationship, but it’s expected that further study may yield more information. The current study also indicated that one-quarter of current users could benefit from discontinued use of the medication without any negative side effects related to acid reflux or heartburn. More than 10,000 individuals responded in this particular research study directly, and the health records of a further 250,000 participants were also evaluated.
Chronic kidney disease was not the only potentially negative outcome noticed, either. Individuals using proton pump inhibitors were also more likely to have a broad range of health problems, including high blood pressure, heart issues, and obesity, all of which have their own complications and side effects. Some physicians have already been hesitant to recommend these drugs because of their link to infections, pneumonia, and bone fractures.
Why is Chronic Kidney Disease a Concern?
If you have been taking these medications for some time and did not realize the dangerous side effects, you are not alone. Individuals suffering from chronic kidney disease may ultimately experience kidney failure, generating a need for dialysis and a potential kidney transplant down the line. This can yield catastrophic impacts for your life.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of chronic kidney disease, now is a good time to get checked out by your physician to discuss your options. Consulting with an experienced doctor may help give you an idea of your choices with regard to treatment. That being said, you should also set up a meeting with the compassionate attorneys at the Goldwater Law Firm. You may have grounds for filing a claim against the drug’s manufacturer, and in this case, it’s better to act sooner rather than later.
- Retention of fluid
- Electrolyte imbalances
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- High blood pressure
There are many different side effects associated with proton pump inhibitors. While some of these may be minor, others can be severe. The most serious side effects most often connected to proton pump inhibitors include:
- Lower magnesium levels
- Severe rash
- Speech disorder
- Birth defects
If you suspect that your kidney problems may be related to use of these medications, it’s important to understand the status of the issue now so that you can understand your options. There has been no FDA action at this point in time related to the heart attack concerns or kidney issues potentially associated with these drugs.
When you’re considering moving forward with legal action against a dangerous drug manufacturer, it’s important to have experience and dedication on your side. Working with the Goldwater Law Firm, you get both. Do not hesitate to reach out for help if you believe that you have been seriously injured by a proton pump inhibitor.