Takeda Pharmaceuticals, manufactures Prevacid (also called Prevacid NapraPAC) a heartburn medication used to reduce the amount of stomach acid.  The generic version, lansoprazole is manufactured by Novartis. Users of either drug may suffer serious side effects which can lead to permanent injury or even death in extreme cases. Anyone who is harmed or has a loved one who has died or suffered injury as a result of taking these proton pump inhibitors should seek the advice of an experienced Prevacid attorney.

They can help you decide whether you have a valid claim to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. Your legal team can also help you determine whether a personal lawsuit against Prevacid manufacturers or a class action lawsuit is more appropriate.

Dire Consequences From Long-Term Prevacid Use

Whether you are taking the prescription dose of Prevacid or the over-the-counter Prevacid®24HR you could suffer serious health issues if you take these medications long-term. Remember these drugs are designed for short-term use, typically 14 days or less. There are numerous studies that link Prevacid use to serious health problems which may include:

  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • Kidney failure
  • Acute Interstitial Nephritis
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Death

If you are taking a PPI for GERD or acid reflux disease and exhibit symptoms such as nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, unexplained pain in your ribs or chest, swelling in the legs and feet or difficulty urinating you should contact your physician immediately as these may be early signs of complications from Prevacid intake. Your doctor should run tests to see if you are suffering from complications of Prevacid. Keep in mind, if you have been prescribed Prevacid you should not stop taking it without consulting with your physician. Call our Prevacid kidney failure lawsuit attorneys today to schedule a free case evaluation.

FDA Prevacid Warnings Growing Louder

While Prevacid and other PPI drugs are designed to help those who suffer acute heartburn and other acid reflux disorders, the side effects could cause far more serious health problems. Prevacid and other PPIs have been linked to kidney failure requiring a kidney transplant, chronic kidney disease (CKD), acute interstitial nephritis, and even death.

Patients often find once they stop taking these PPIs their symptoms return and are more severe than prior to taking Prevacid and other similar drugs. The FDA has indicated these drugs are normally intended for short-term use; 14 days or less and patients should take the drug again only after being off it for a period of at least 4 months. However, GERD can seriously impact a person’s health and quality of life and because of this many physicians prescribe PPIs for long-term use, which can lead to serious health consequences.

What You Can Do If Impacted by Side Effects?

If you or a loved one is suffering adverse health problems due to complications associated with Prevacid you should contact a Prevacid lawsuit attorney at Baron & Budd. We are committed to holding Takeda Pharmaceuticals and other manufacturing companies who produce PPIs accountable for the lack of information they have provided to patients about the risks associated with Prevacid and similar medications. We can work with you to attempt to recover monies for pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages associated with common Prevacid side effects.

Contact a Prevacid Lawyer Today 

PPI drugs have generally been considered safe and because of this, millions of patients annually are prescribed these drugs to counter the devastating effects of heartburn and GERD. Unfortunately, patients often learn they have to deal with potentially life-threatning illnesses as result of complications of Prevacid and other similar medications. Call Baron & Budd today at 877-629-0481 or complete our contact form for a free, no obligation consultation with a Prevacid lawyer.

Sources

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/ucm280120.htm

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm213206.htm

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