People who have ulcers, suffer from serious and long-lasting heartburn or have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are often prescribed drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Zegerid. Zegerid and its generic equivalent omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate were marketed as drugs that were safe for the majority of patients with gastric problems and many doctors believed they were suitable for long-term use. It turns out they were wrong. Numerous medical studies have revealed that PPIs can cause dangerous complications that in many cases outweigh the benefits of heartburn medications. Recently uncovered side effects of Zegerid include chronic kidney disease (CKD), kidney failure, acute interstitial nephritis, and death for patients who do not have kidney transplant surgery in time.
Call a PPI lawyer today if you are suffering from one of the until recently undisclosed side effects of Zegerid. A legal team experienced with product liability can help determine whether you have a Zegerid lawsuit claim. We have attorneys around the country who can research your case and determine your eligibility to participate in a class action Zegerid lawsuit. In many cases, our Zegerid attorneys may decide that filing a private lawsuit against the Santarus, Inc. or Bayer (the manufacturer) makes more sense. If you lost a loved one from kidney complications and they took Zegerid, our team can help you pursue a wrongful death claim in some cases.
Potentially Fatal Zegerid Side Effects Uncovered
Some of the most common side effects of Zegerid and its generic equivalent (omeprazole sodium bicarbonate) were only just added to the warning label by the FDA in April of 2016. These dangerous side effects include:
- Acute interstitial nephritis
- Kidney failure
- Chronic kidney disease (CKD)
- Kidney transplant surgery
Over-the-Counter Zegerid May Have Reduced Risks
Zegerid over the counter is offered by Bayer and is designed to be taken for short periods of time (approximately two weeks). There is little evidence to support the notion that short-term use of any PPI is associated with long-term risks. However, it is important to discuss this and other over-the-counter drugs with your doctor before taking them on your own. The public only learned of the serious side effects caused by Zegerid use recently, so it is possible that more research may uncover serious side effects for OTC Zegerid. Additionally, you should always follow all package directions and speak to your doctor before stopping medication.
Zegerid and Chronic Kidney Disease
Recent studies have shown that Zegerid may increase a patient’s risk of chronic kidney disease by up to 50%. Some patients develop kidney stones, which can be a recurring problem after initial onset. Many patients suffering from chronic kidney disease must endure dialysis treatments for the rest of their lives, and other patients are told they will need a kidney transplant in order to live.
These are devastating results for patients who were merely seeking relief from gastric problems like acid reflux. If you are suffering from kidney disease after taking omeprazole sodium bicarbonate, call a Zegerid attorney today to discuss litigation options.
Acute Interstitial Nephritis from Zegerid
Zegerid is a PPI drug now known to cause a kidney disease called acute interstitial nephritis (AIN). AIN can be fatal, but in some cases is treatable. Acute interstitial nephritis occurs when the cells surrounding the kidney tubules become inflamed, inhibiting normal kidney function. Long-term use of Zegerid can increase a person’s likelihood of developing AIN. When the kidneys do not function properly, the human body can poison itself in just a few days unless the patient receives dialysis or a kidney transplant.
AIN can come on suddenly or develop over time. The symptoms of acute interstitial nephritis from Zegerid are similar to kidney failure and include vomiting, fatigue, and weight loss. Speak to your doctor if you are worried about kidney disease from Zegerid use.
Zegerid and Kidney Failure
Now that we know Zegerid use can lead to kidney failure, many unexplained deaths from renal failure may need to be re-examined. When considering drug treatment, a person weighs the benefits of taking the drug against the potential side effects. If people had known that the drug they were taking for acid reflux could cause kidney failure or death, most would never have taken the risk. Kidney failure from Zegerid is a reality.
If you take Zegerid or another PPI drug and are experiencing nausea, vomiting, and weight loss, talk to your doctor right away. Your doctor can do simple blood and urine tests to calculate the levels of creatinine in your body and determine if you might have kidney disease.
Zegerid and Other PPIs Advertised as Safe
For many years, Zegerid and other PPIs were considered relatively safe, even for long-term use. Unfortunately, newer studies have shown that patients who take these drugs for several months and in some cases, several years are at increased risk for a host of medical problems. We can help make sure drug companies are held accountable for the lack of information regarding devastating and in some cases, deadly side effects from Zegerid.
Contact a Zegerid Lawyer at Baron & Budd
At Baron & Budd, we know you feel betrayed and angered by the actions and misinformation of PPI manufacturers. However, if you have suffered a serious health problem because the drug company failed to disclose serious side effects it is time to take action. We give victims a voice, and are committed to representing plaintiffs all across the United States against big pharmaceutical companies.
If you are one of the millions of people who has suffered because of long-term use of Zegerid you may be entitled to file a Zegerid lawsuit. Many victims are unaware there is a statute of limitations on filing a lawsuit for drug injuries so it is important you contact our offices immediately upon being informed you have suffered health issues as a result of your use of Zegerid. If you lost a loved one and suspect their death was caused by complications from Zegerid use, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim.
Call 877-629-0481 now or complete our contact form and a member of our team will discuss the details of your case with you confidentially. If we think you have a case, one of our Zegerid lawyers will be in touch to help you file a lawsuit and hold the manufacturer accountable. Treatment for acid reflux disease should not cause chronic illness or death. Let us help.