Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Lawsuit
Approximately 15 million Americans and growing currently use Prilosec and Prilosec OTC (omeprazole), Prevacid and Prevacid 24-hour (lansoprazole), Aciphex (rabeprazole), Protonix (pantoprazole), and Nexium (esomeprazole) to manage heartburn, stomach and peptic ulcers, and acid reflux. These medications, introduced over 25 years ago, are called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).
McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt is currently offering free consultations for individuals who may have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease or suffered kidney failure after regular daily use of the prescription strength Nexium or Prilosec or over-the-counter Nexium or Prilosec.
Heartburn Drugs Linked to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
Recent research studies identified that proton pump inhibitor medications that are used to control stomach acid could actually increase patient’s risk of chronic kidney disease. The following PPIs have been shown to increase the risk:
- Nexium (esomeprazole)
- Prilosec (omeprazole)
- Prilosec OTC (omeprazole)
- Prevacid (lansoprazole)
- Protonix (pantoprazole)
Chronic kidney disease, also called chronic kidney failure, describes the gradual loss of kidney function. Your kidneys filter wastes and excess fluids from your blood, which are then excreted in your urine. When chronic kidney disease reaches an advanced stage, dangerous levels of fluid, electrolytes and wastes can build up in your body.
In the early stages of chronic kidney disease, you may have few signs or symptoms. CKD may not become apparent until your kidney function is significantly impaired.
Symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease
Signs and symptoms of chronic kidney disease develop over time if kidney damage progresses slowly. Signs and symptoms of kidney disease may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Fatigue and weakness
- Sleep problems
- Changes in how much you urinate
- Decreased mental sharpness
- Muscle twitches and cramps
- Swelling of feet and ankles
- Persistent itching
- Chest pain, if fluid builds up around the lining of the heart
- Shortness of breath, if fluid builds up in the lungs
- High blood pressure (hypertension) that’s difficult to control
Make an appointment with your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms of kidney disease.
What can you do?
People who took PPIs and suffered kidney damage may be able to sue the manufacturers. If you have suffered kidney disease, kidney injury, kidney failure, or acute interstitial nephritis (AIN) from taking any of the above heartburn medicine, contact our team of lawyers today.