Prilosec And Nexium
Learn More About Heartburn Medications Linked to Kidney Disease
The use of heartburn drugs Prilosec and Nexium has been linked to a number of serious potential side effects such as bone fractures, kidney disease and kidney failure.These complications can result in serious health consequences that can alter your life.
Have you been diagnosed with a health complication such as kidney disease due to heartburn medication use? Allan Berger & Associates is accepting cases involving complications with these heartburn medications in the New Orleans area and nationwide.
Health Complications Linked to Use of Prilosec and Nexium
Prilosec and Nexium belong to a class of medications known as Proton Pump Inhibitors or PPI that reduce the amount of acid produced by the stomach, treating heartburn symptoms. However, health complications have resulted from the long-term use of the medication.
Individuals who take multiple daily doses of Nexium or Prilosec for a long period of time (a year or longer) have an increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist and spine. However, perhaps the most critical complication, some studies have shown that those who use Prilosec or Nexium may have a 20% to 50% higher risk of chronic kidney disease.
Another study recently conducted has shown that one in four patients who reported kidney damage from 2001 to 2008 were on some form of PPI medication, further linking the long-term use of PPIs to chronic kidney disease.
According to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, individuals who take PPIs should be more vigilant in monitoring the use of these medications. Out of 125,000 patients, more than half who develop chronic kidney damage while taking Prilosec and Nexium don’t experience acute kidney problems prior to the disease. This means that some patients may not be aware of a decline in their kidney function until it’s too late.
Symptoms and Treatment of Kidney Disease
According to the Mayo Clinic, chronic kidney disease, also called chronic kidney failure, describes the gradual loss of kidney function over time. Your kidneys’ job is to filter the waste and excess fluids from your blood which are then passed through your urine. Chronic kidney disease in its advanced stage causes excess levels of fluid to build up in your body.
Unfortunately, most symptoms do not occur until your kidney function is suffering greatly. However, some of the symptoms of kidney disease include
- Fatigue and general weakness
- Persistent itching
- Chest pain
- High blood pressure
- Changes in urination
- Swelling of ankles or feet
If you are suffering any of these symptoms, it is best to see your doctor or physician as soon as possible to prevent further damage. If you have found to have kidney disease, the treatment you will receive will be to slow the progression of the kidney damage. Often, kidney disease treatment involves dialysisor purification of the blood by clinical means. If dialysis is not treating the kidney disease as it should, a kidney transplant may be required.
What Are the Complications of Kidney Disease?
Kidney disease doesn’t just affect the kidneys. In fact, the complications of kidney disease can impact your entire body. Kidney disease can cause anemia, heart disease, pregnancy complications and damage to your central nervous system including personality changes or even seizures. Some of the other complications may include:
- Fluid retention
- Increased risk of bone fractures
- Reduced fertility
Kidney disease that is not treated as soon as it is found could result in irreversible damage to the kidneys or end-stage kidney disease, requiring a transplant.
What Does the Personal Injury Lawsuit Process Look Like?
Before deciding to file a lawsuit, it’s best to reach out for a consult from an experienced attorney. After your decision is made to file a lawsuit, your attorney will help you create a complaint. After the complaint is filed, your attorney will enter the discovery phase where information will be gathered including health records and data pertinent to your case.
If no motions are filed for more information or evidence, your case will enter the trial phase.All of the information gathered will be presented and a verdict reached about your case. If the judge or jury finds you in favor, you will be awarded the compensation you sought.
Should I File a Prilosec or Nexium Claim?
If you or a loved one have suffered kidney damage or disease or any other medical complications after taking these drugs, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit. The attorneys at Allan Berger & Associates have fought and won many cases involving drugs and faulty medical devices.
Your health complications come with pain and suffering due to the nature of the disease. Attorneys who specialize in these types of cases can help you receive the compensation you deserve. You can potentially receive compensation for your medical expenses, suffering and other factors endured.
Medication company AstraZeneca has been involved in many class action lawsuits for injuries and health complications resulting from their heartburn medication. As of April 2018, there were more than 2,000 lawsuits pending with more being filed. The time is now to learn more about your claim and to discuss your case with an attorney.
Get Your Case Evaluation Now
The attorneys at Allan Berger & Associates are dedicated to your personal injury case. If you or a loved one has experienced kidney damage or another health complication due to the use of Prilosec or Nexium, reach out to us today for your case evaluation by calling 504-526-2222 or send us a message.
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