Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) from PPIs – Talk to a Lawyer
If you are suffering with ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn or acid reflux your physician may prescribe PPIs to help treat your condition. PPIs are proton pump inhibitors sold under the brand names Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid just to name a few. These drugs are available over-the-counter for occasional symptoms but for patients who suffer from more serious problems, they are also available by prescription. There are other brand name PPIs including Aciphex, Zegerid, Dexilant, Kapidex and Protonix that are primarily prescription strength but there are many generics as well. Manufacturers of these drugs have been selling these products since 1988 to treat gastric disorders and in many cases the potential side effects can have deadly consequences. One of the potentially dangerous side effects of PPIs is chronic kidney disease or CKD. Chronic kidney disease from taking PPIs was an unknown risk until very recently.
Understanding CKD Symptoms and Onset
Chronic kidney disease is characterized by swollen feet and ankles, excessive hiccups, shortness of breath, and chest pains. These symptoms should be reported to a healthcare professional immediately as they could be potentially dangerous if left untreated. Some of the complications of CKD include cardiovascular disease and could potentially lead to a patient being placed on dialysis.
In some cases the patient may require a kidney transplant in order to survive. This particular problem should not be taken lightly as it is life threatening.
The Link Between PPIs and Chronic Kidney Disease
There have been several studies conducted on a variety of patients in all age groups. These patients were long-term users of prescription strength PPIs and in most cases had been taking these drugs for periods of longer than one year. It is estimated that the potential for chronic kidney disease increases as much as 96 percent in patients who are on PPIs. This is a serious side effect and should be reason for concern. For some patients, a diagnosis of CKD should be considered grounds for speaking with a PPI lawsuit attorney immediately.
Long-Term PPI Use May Be Dangerous
For more than 20 years, PPIs have been considered a relatively safe option for treating gastro esophageal reflux disease, chronic cases of heartburn, and as treatment for ulcers. These drugs primarily act as an acid suppressant; because of this, there may be a correlation between acid suppression and CKD. The longer a patient is taking these prescription drugs, the higher the risk of CKD.
In most cases, patients who are following the package directions on over-the-counter versions of these drugs need not worry about the most severe side effects. However, long-term PPI use of either over the counter or prescription drugs is associated with a high risk for developing chronic kidney disease.
Contact a PPI Lawsuit Attorney for Victims of Chronic Kidney Disease
Patients should be aware that in most cases, physicians were not forewarned about the most serious side effects of PPI intake. While not every case of CKD is the result of these drugs in specific cases, it may be possible to attribute kidney disease to PPI use. An attorney experienced in representing plaintiffs against major pharmaceutical companies may be able to help you get compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages due to illness, and in some instances for medical bills.
When you or a loved one is suffering chronic kidney disease or if you are one of the thousands of people who have lost a loved one because of PPI-related CKD you should contact Baron & Budd. We have decades of experience fighting big drug companies like AstraZeneca and Procter & Gamble and will fight relentlessly to get the settlement you deserve. Call our offices at 866-844-4556 to schedule a confidential case review with a PPI lawyer. We will determine if your chronic kidney disease is a result of a pharmaceutical company’s negligence, and take the necessary steps forward.