Long term Aciphex use has now been linked to serious, potentially fatal side effects. Unfortunately people who have been taking it for years never had the chance to weigh the risks and benefits accurately because they were not provided with the full list of possible complications. Instead there are likely countless victims of Aciphex kidney failure or who have passed away that never knew their kidney disease could have been caused by taking the acid reflux disease Aciphex. Victims who meet certain criteria may be eligible to participate in a class action Aciphex lawsuit. Others may be decide to file a private Aciphex lawsuit against the PPI drug’s manufacturers for pain and suffering, lost wages, negligence, or wrongful death.
Why Did People Take Aciphex If They Knew It Was Dangerous?
They didn’t know Aciphex was dangerous. Imagine going to see your doctor because you have severe acid indigestion or acid reflux. Your doctor tells you he can put you on a long-term medication called a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) like Aciphex but you will have to be aware of a list of side effects including:
- Acute interstitial nephritis
- Chronic kidney disease (CKD)
- Kidney failure
- Kidney transplant surgery
You may have second thoughts about taking these drugs if you are aware of the potentially serious side effects. Chances are you would seek alternative treatment for a mild condition like acid reflux instead of risking death or terminal illness. Since 1999, thousands of patients have been prescribed Aciphex or the generic rabeprazole manufactured by Eisai Inc without knowing the scope of the risks and side effects. If you or a loved one died or had kidney transplant surgery because of acute interstitial nephritis, chronic kidney disease, or kidney failure from Aciphex contact an attorney.
The problem is that when this drug was first available it was considered very safe. Because it was considered safe, patients were often on Aciphex for one or more years. As it turns out, long-term use of PPIs like Aciphex can result in devastating and fatal health issues. If you are suffering from severe side effects after prolonged use, call an Aciphex lawsuit attorney to see if you have a valid claim. Our legal team will sit down with you and discuss the details of your case and determine whether filing a lawsuit against the Eisai Inc. is the right choice for you.
Dangerous Side Effects of Long-Term PPIs Like Aciphex
Acute interstitial nephritis from Aciphex. Long term use of Aciphex can cause acute interstitial nephritis, a condition characterized by the swelling of the soft tissue surrounding the kidney tubules. Acute interstitial nephritis can come on suddenly or be chronic, and the prognosis of this condition can range from short term to fatal.
The prognosis for victims of acute interstitial nephritis from fatal to promising. Acute tubulointerstitial nephritis is curable; chronic tubulointerstitial nephritis has no cure and is fatal. Chronic tubulointerstitial nephritis ultimately leads to kidney failure and death if a kidney transplant is not performed in time.
Kidney transplant surgery because of Aciphex. Some victims suffering from acute interstitial nephritis found out they needed a kidney transplant after taking Aciphex, and were lucky enough to find a match before their kidneys failed completely. However, their lives are forever changed and the pain, suffering, and time missed from work could be grounds for a lawsuit settlement.
The five year survival rate for a patient after kidney transplant surgery in the United States is 82% according to the Mayo Clinic. Although the odds are better than certain death without kidney transplant surgery, the statistics mean that 18% of people who survive a kidney transplant will not survive for five years. This is a high price to pay for victims of Aciphex, who thought the acid reflux drug was safe.
Chronic kidney disease after taking Aciphex. Recent studies have shown that long-term use of PPI drugs like Aciphex can lead to chronic kidney disease, commonly referred to as CKD. When patients first began taking this PPI drug in the 1990’s they never knew that they could develop chronic kidney disease from Aciphex.
A large medical research study conducted by the VA uncovered the startling statistics; patients who were treated with PPI drugs were 28% more likely to develop chronic kidney disease than those who did not take the drugs.
Chronic kidney disease is characterized by recurring kidney illness and reduced function of the kidneys. The kidneys are eliminatory organs, removing waste and contaminants from the body. People with chronic kidney disease may develop anemia and other complications from the disease. The development of CKD after taking Aciphex could ultimately mean kidney failure or death without a kidney transplant.
Billions Made Manufacturing Bad Drugs Like Aciphex
Companies like Eisai Inc. have made billions of dollars thanks to the effectiveness of PPIs in treating gastric problems like heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). These conditions are directly related to a person’s quality of life and left untreated, could lead to poor health because they are unable to eat proper meals. However, as more studies have been conducted, long-term use (specifically one year or more) of prescription PPIs like Aciphex have led to serious health problems for thousands of patients. Rabeprazole has been prescribed to hundreds of thousands of people and for some people, they will never suffer an adverse effect. However, this is no comfort for those thousands who were injured because they were never aware of the potential harm PPIs could cause.
Victims of bad drug manufacturing practices need someone to speak up for their rights. These pharmaceutical companies must be held responsible for not informing doctors and their patients about the very serious complications and side effects of Aciphex and other PPI medications. This is why victims who have suffered a problem or have lost a loved one as a result of Aciphex complications should contact an experienced attorney and ask about filing an Aciphex lawsuit.
Contact an Aciphex Lawsuit Attorney
Victims with chronic kidney disease who need dialysis or a kidney transplant because of taking PPIs and those who have lost a loved one because of kidney failure from rabeprazole should contact an experienced Aciphex lawyer. Lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies like Procter & Gamble and AstraZeneca are complicated because the companies are going to insist they did nothing wrong and they have a wealth of legal resources. However, the pharmaceutical companies responsible for covering up the potentially lethal side effects of Aciphex need to be held accountable so that this type of cover up does not occur again in the future.
Baron & Budd takes pride in the fact they have represented plaintiffs in lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies for over 35 years. We make sure you, the victim, has a voice. If we are successful, we may be able to collect monies from bad drug manufacturers for pain and suffering, medical bills and ongoing treatment as well as reimbursement for time you lost from work because of Aciphex complications.
Acid reflux disease and heartburn can be very serious and have a negative impact on your overall quality of life. However, drug companies have capitalized on this discomfort and in some cases, what started as a minor medical condition turned into a chronic illness thanks to bad drugs. Aciphex was promoted as safe for long-term use drug and today, we know better. If you believe you have grounds for an Aciphex lawsuit, call Baron & Budd today for a no obligation consultation. Call us today at 877-629-0481; we represent victims across the United States.