Nexium & Prolosec Lawsuit
Nexium & Prilosec are part of a family of medications called proton pump inhibitors or PPIs. They are used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, acid reflux, ulcers and heartburn by hindering the gastric glands from making acid thereby reducing the amount of acid in a person's stomach. The only active ingredient in Nexium is the exact same thing as the only active ingredient in omeprazole (Prilosec), a (now) generic drug made by the same company, AstraZeneca. A number of over-the-counter versions are also available, including Nexium 24HR and Prilosec OTC.
At least 15 million Americans used proton pump inhibitors in 2013. Research suggests that these drugs are often overused, and that many patients take the medication for far too long. While proton pump inhibitors are generally safe in the short-term, long-term use has been linked to serious side effects.
The most serious potential side effects and risks caused through the long-term use of Nexium & Prilosec are bone fractures, kidney disease, kidney failure, strokes, and heart damage . People who take multiple daily doses for a long period of time (a year or longer), especially those 50 years of age or older, have an increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine. Additionally, people who use the drugs appear to have a 20-50% higher risk of chronic kidney disease compared with nonusers, and a 20-30% increased risk for stroke.
In 2016, the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology reported that long-term users of proton pump inhibitors may be 96% more likely to develop kidney failure and 28% more likely to develop chronic kidney disease compared to patients using H2-blockers, a class of acid reducing medications that includes Zantac and Tagamet.
In 2014, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) ordered the manufacturers of all prescription proton pump inhibitors to add information to their product labels regarding acute interstitial nephritis, a serious inflammation of the kidneys that can lead to chronic kidney disease, and ultimately kidney failure. The labeling for over-the-counter proton pump inhibitors does not include this information.
Laird, Baker and Blackstock is currently evaluating cases for potential claims against the manufacturers of Nexium and Prilosec. If you or a loved one have experienced any of these serious side effects from long-term use of Nexium or Prilosec, call us or click the link below to schedule a free consultation. There is not a fee unless we recover.