Nexium kidney injuries have been reported by thousands of people across the country. If you or a loved one suffered acute kidney failure, chronic kidney disease, acute interstitial nephritis, or kidney failure after taking the AstraZeneca drug, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit for Nexium kidney injury. Call Baron & Budd to learn more about filing a claim against AstraZeneca for compensation.
According to NPR more than 15 million Americans use PPIs like Nexium for acid reflux and GERD on a regular basis. However, recent studies have shown that Nexium and other proton pump inhibitors which are used to treat acid reflux disease and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) may be at high risk for serious side effects if they take these medications long-term. Serious side effects of Nexium include acute interstitial nephritis, chronic kidney disease (CKD), kidney failure, and death without kidney transplant surgery. Nexium, available by prescription includes a generic esomeprazole, has also been available since 2014 over-the-counter when the manufacturer, AstraZeneca received FDA approval to make it available without prescription. Patients need to carefully follow their physician’s recommendation for taking PPIs and understand the risks associated with Nexium. Patients took Nexium believing it was a safe drug. If they had known they could die from taking medication for acid reflux most would never have taken it.
If you believe that you are suffering from one of the known side effects of prolonged use of this or the generic version (esomeprazole) such as chronic kidney disease or kidney failure, consider filing a lawsuit against the manufacturers of Nexium and esomeprazole. An experienced pharmaceutical lawyer can determine whether you have a valid claim against AstraZeneca. They can also help you decide whether to file an independent Nexium lawsuit or join a class action lawsuit for victims of Nexium injuries.
Nexium Dangers: FDA Warnings
Proton pump inhibitor (PPIs) warnings have been issued numerous times by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because of their popularity and because numerous studies have shown Nexium side effects can be very serious. Some of the warnings include:
- Renal failure
- Acute interstitial nephritis
- Kidney Transplant Surgery
- Kidney Failure
Reasons to File a Nexium Lawsuit
As more lawsuits are being filed against AstraZeneca, what has been found is that patients were not warned about the increased risk of serious problems such as kidney failure and damage. In many cases, plaintiffs allege their physicians were unaware of these potential problems that may have resulted in different medication choices or better monitoring of kidney and liver functions while taking Nexium or esomeprazole. Most reasonable people would neither prescribe or take a medication for acid reflux with such disproportionate side effects of the condition it is meant to treat. It is a reasonable expectation that patients would rather seek alternative medication or treatment for acid reflux than face death or kidney failure.
If you have suffered serious side effects as the result of taking a PPI for GERD or acid reflux, you should consult with a Nexium attorney to determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit.
Should I Stop Taking Nexium?
Unfortunately for some patients, stopping Nexium can impact their quality of life. Some reports indicate patients who were taking Nexium and other PPI drugs and stopped suffered serious problems including pain, cramping and more. You should speak with your physician regarding your dosage of Nexium and find out if there are safer alternatives that do not have a risk of acute kidney injury.
Additionally, if you are using the over-the-counter version of Nexium offered by AstraZeneca, you should follow all package directions and discuss your condition with your doctor if you are not getting any relief from heartburn and acid reflux. You and your doctor can determine whether the benefits outweigh the risks of continuing the medication.
Consult a Nexium Attorney
If you or someone you love has suffered one or more of the devastating side effects associated with Nexium, you should consider consulting a Nexium lawyer about filing a lawsuit. You should not have to bear the financial burden or the health burden of a dangerous drug that you were not warned about. An attorney may help you recover financial damages from AstraZeneca for the pain and suffering you have to live with as the result of taking a PPI that was prescribed to you for heartburn or GERD. If a loved one died from kidney failure after taking Nexium, you could have a wrongful death claim against AstraZeneca.
The attorneys at Baron & Budd will work tirelessly to attempt to obtain compensation for medical bills and other expenses you are dealing with as a result of taking Nexium. You can reach us using our online contact form or by calling our offices at 877-629-0481 for a free consultation and case review.