Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) heartburn medications like Dexilant and others have been linked to serious side effects. Some studies show these medications have a link to long-term kidney damage as well as end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Acute interstitial nephritis, death, kidney failure requiring a transplant, and Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) from taking Dexilant have all been reported. Unfortunately, people suffering from these possibly fatal side effects did not know they were in danger while taking the PPI drugs. Only recently in April of 2016 were these findings published.
If you are suffering serious or life threatening complications after taking this PPI, call a Dexilant lawyer to see what options are available to you. You may be eligible to participate in a class action Dexilant lawsuit or file an independent lawsuit against the manufacturers of Dexilant.
What is Dexilant?
Dexilant or Dexlansoprazole is manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and has been on the market since 2009. This drug is available by prescription only and has been marketed under the names Kapidex and Dexilant. The medication is supposed to relieve symptoms of heartburn and related problems, including difficulty with swallowing and persistent coughing.
The Risk of Kidney Disease From Dexilant is Significant
According to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the study suggests there is an increased risk between PPIs and CKD. Over time, CKD can lead to failing kidneys and patients could potentially face life-long dialysis and in serious cases may even require a kidney transplant. The risk of kidney failure for patients taking Dexilant could be as much as 20 to 50 percent if they use it long-term.
Symptoms of Kidney Disease from Dexilant
If you or a loved one has been prescribed Dexilant, you should watch carefully for symptoms that could indicate a problem with kidneys. Some of these include swollen feet, hands or ankles, increased urination, muscle cramps, shortness of breath or high blood pressure to name a few. Any change in appetite or sleeping patterns should also be reported to your doctor immediately, as it could indicate another complication from the medication. If after consulting with a doctor you find out that you are suffering from a kidney injury from taking PPI drugs, call our Dexilant lawsuit attorneys at once.
Potential Bone Fracture Risk with Dexilant
A Nurse’s Health Study reviewed Dexilant and other drugs to see how they related to bone fractures in women who smoke. Since 1976 more than 100,000 women have participated in this study and the findings are sobering. Reportedly, women who either had a history of smoking and took Dexilant or similar PPIs had as much as a 50 percent higher risk of bone fractures compared to those who did not take PPIs long-term. It is worth noting that age, bone mass and bone strength may also contribute to fractures.
In May of 2010, the FDA issued a Dexilant warning that stated “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is revising the prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) labels for a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors to include new safety information about a possible increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine with the use of these medications.”
Dangerous Side Effects of Prolonged PPI & Dexilant Use
- Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
- Acute Interstitial Nephritis (AIN)
- Kidney Failure
- Kidney Transplant Surgery
Anyone who is taking Dexilant or other PPIs should be aware of the long-term problems associated with these drugs. Your physician should be contacted if you have any adverse reactions, as they may be able to prevent long-term harm with early intervention.
Who Should Avoid Dexilant?
Should your doctor tell you to begin taking Dexilant or an over-the-counter PPI, make sure they know about any pre-existing medical conditions you have or are being treated for. Women who are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant may want to avoid Dexilant. Anyone with a history of liver disease or low magnesium levels may wish to avoid taking Dexilant as these conditions could worsen while taking PPIs. People with a family history of dementia and arrhythmia are also at increased risk as are people with kidney disease.
Contact a Dexilant Lawsuit Attorney Today
Anyone who believes they were prescribed Dexilant or another PPI and was not provided with sufficient information about the side effects should consider filing a lawsuit if they suffered adverse side effects. Long-term medical issues can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Drug companies must warn patients of all side effects, regardless of how few people suffer from them. A Dexilant attorney experienced with fighting pharmaceutical companies can help you seek justice.
If you or a loved one is suffering from an injury or illness after taking Dexilant or other PPIs, contact Baron & Budd for a free consultation. We will review your medical history and situation to determine if you have the basis for a Dexilant lawsuit. Call us today at 877-629-0481 or use our simple, online contact form.