Lawsuits for Kidney Failure from PPI Drugs Like Nexium, Prevacid & Prilosec
For almost two decades people across the United States have been taking presumably safe proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs like Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid. Doctors and patients alike were shocked to learn that kidney failure from PPI drug use was possible. Thousands of people who were being treated for gastric disorders using common PPIs like these are facing new complications including renal failure, kidney stones, and sometimes even liver failure. While the severity of gastric problems including gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and heartburn can be problematic, they are unlikely to cause as much damage as kidney failure.
More people are turning to PPI attorneys for help holding drug companies accountable for the lack of information provided to patients. It seems the treatment is more deadly than the condition it is meant to treat for many people on PPI medication.
Symptoms of Kidney Failure from PPI Drugs
According to the National Institute of Health, the risk of kidney failure after taking PPIs is increased as much as 20 percent to 50 percent. This means patients need to understand what symptoms to watch for and what the potential complications are from renal failure. Some symptoms could include:
- Shortness of breath
- Fatigue and drowsiness
- Seizures which could result in coma
- Difficulty urinating
- Chest pressure or pain
- Increased or decreased urine output
- Blood in the urine
- Retention of fluid identified by swollen feet, legs or ankles
Any changes in your health should be immediately discussed with your doctor and if you have any severe symptoms after hours you should seek immediate emergency care. Remember, PPIs are available both over-the-counter and by prescription. Patients who are on prescription PPIs are nearly always using it for long-term therapy. Over-the-counter versions are not intended to be taken for periods of longer than 14 days. However, many people have used PPIs over a long period of time so you should familiarize yourself with the symptoms of kidney failure and other potential problems.
Kidney Failure From PPIs and Further Complications
Patients who are using PPIs long-term and suffer kidney disease or kidney failure could face further complications including: heart problems, nervous system damage, and liver failure. In extreme cases people may need to be treated with dialysis or a kidney transplant if they develop kidney disease from PPIs.
In the most extreme cases, these complications could lead to death. Unfortunately these side effects were unknown until recently; that means there are millions of potential users of PPIs at risk for chronic kidney disease or kidney failure. There could be many families of victims who suffered from kidney failure and died between the 1980s and today who didn’t know that PPIs were responsible for renal failure. Popular PPI drugs like Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid are also known to cause chronic kidney disease and acute interstitial nephritis, both of which lead to kidney failure and death without a successful kidney transplant surgery.
PPI Manufacturer Testing Insufficient
PPIs have been on the market since the late 1980s. The first PPI manufactured was Prilosec, which has been manufactured by Procter & Gamble since 1988. Since then, drug companies including AstraZeneca, Eisai Inc., Schering-Plough HealthCare Products, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals U. S. A., Inc. and Wyeth have continued to manufacture similar PPI drugs. The brand names of these drugs include Nexium, Aciphex, Prilosec, Zegerid, Dexilant, Kapidex, Prevacid and Protonix. Generic names include esomeprazole, raberprazole, omeprazole, omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate, dexlansoprazole, lansoprazole and pantoprazole. Over-the-counter drugs are similar to the brand names.
Because these drugs were considered relatively safe, doctors often prescribed them to relieve GERD and other chronic gastric problems. Insufficient testing of PPI drugs is likely to have caused kidney failure in an untold number of people across the country.
File a Lawsuit for Kidney Failure From PPIs
Any alarming symptoms of potential kidney failure from PPIs should be discussed with your doctor. Patients who are using PPIs long-term for gastric problems should not stop taking these medications without consulting with their physician first because of the potential for rebounding gastric problems. However, you may wish to discuss alternative treatments to replace PPIs with your doctor. Patients who have suffered kidney failure or kidney disease may be eligible to file a PPI lawsuit. This may also apply to family members who lost a loved one because of kidney disease or failure from PPI related complications.
If you believe PPI medication has caused kidney failure, contact a PPI lawyer immediately. Our legal team at Baron & Budd has over three decades of experience fighting pharmaceutical companies like Procter & Gamble and AstraZeneca successfully. Call Baron & Budd today at 866-844-4556 and schedule a free case review to see if you have grounds for a PPI lawsuit.