Doctors have linked the heartburn drugs Nexium (esomeprazole) and Prilosec (omeprazole) with the risk of kidney damage. If you took either of these drugs and suffered kidney problems, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact the Kishish Law Group today for your free and confidential case evaluation. Call us toll free at 1 (888) 609-4664 or complete our contact form for your case evaluation.
Prilosec and Nexium are drugs commonly prescribed and available over-the-counter for heartburn, acid reflux and ulcer treatment. Though some over-the-counter packages suggest that the drugs should only be taken for short periods of time, patients with conditions like GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) are sometimes advised to take the drugs for years.
Recently, scientific studies have connected Prilosec and Nexium to the risk of kidney damage, a dangerous medical condition. In a February 2016 study in JAMA Internal Medicine, a Johns Hopkins doctor and her colleagues found that the risk of chronic kidney disease substantially increased in patients that took Prilosec and Nexium. A later study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology added that patients that take these drugs may be up to 28% more likely to develop chronic kidney disease. Older patients may be especially at risk to develop kidney disease from taking these acid reflux drugs. Chronic kidney disease can increase the risk of heart attacks and death.
Lawsuits filed accuse the manufacturers of Prilosec and Nexium of failing to warn patients and doctors about the risk of kidney disease associated with these drugs. Joining these lawsuits can help you and your family receive compensation for your medical treatment and other expenses you may have suffered due to kidney issues.
What are the symptoms of chronic kidney disease?
Symptoms of kidney problems can develop slowly over time. According to the Mayo Clinic, some symptoms of chronic kidney disease include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fatigue and weakness
- High blood pressure
- Chest pain
- Muscle twitches and cramps
- Problems with sleeping
- Swelling of feet and ankles
- Mental haziness or difficulty concentrating
- Shortness of breath
It is important that you see a doctor if you suspect that you have chronic kidney disease. Kidney disease can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, weakened bones and increased risk of fractures, decreased immune system response and other conditions that can make you more vulnerable to injury and death.
Have Nexium or Prilosec been recalled?
Neither Nexium nor Prilosec have been recalled. However, this does not mean that the products are not potentially dangerous. Pharmaceutical companies may not recall products until very late in the lawsuit process, if at all. However, companies can still be held responsible for bad drug design or failing to warn patients about the risks of taking drugs even if the drug is not ultimately recalled.
Do I have a Nexium or Prilosec Lawsuit?
We can help you determine whether you have a lawsuit. Our lawyers and staff have extensive experience with pharmaceutical cases and can help you plan your legal path forward. If you or your loved ones took Nexium or Prilosec and then suffered from kidney damage or kidney disease, we can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today toll free at 1 (888) 609-4664 or complete our contact form for your free and confidential case evaluation.
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Speak with a Nexium and Prilosec Lawyer
If you took Nexium or Prilosec and then suffered from kidney damage or kidney disease, you may be entitled to compensation.
Reach out to Kishish Law Group immediately to find out your legal options.
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