Nexium Lawsuit Attorneys for Victims of PPI Side Effects
According to NPR more than 15 million Americans use PPIs 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
Nexium and Kidney Failure
Some patients have suffered from kidney failure after taking Nexium. The human body needs at least one kidney to filter out toxins. When kidneys fail, the prognosis is death without kidney transplant surgery. Kidney failure from Nexium is tragic; even if a match is found and kidney transplant surgery is performed successfully there is still an 18% chance that the patient will not survive five years.
Acute Interstitial Nephritis from Nexium
In April of 2016, the FDA added a new warning to the warnings and precautions labels of Nexium and esomeprazole: acute interstitial nephritis. Acute interstitial nephritis can develop suddenly or over time. It can be deadly or treatable. Acute interstitial nephritis is the inflammation of the membrane surrounding the kidney’s tubules. The nephritis can cause temporary or chronic kidney disease.
Chronic kidney disease occurs when the injuries sustained by the kidney after acute interstitial nephritis cause permanent kidney impairment. If kidney function continues to decrease it can cause complete kidney failure and death without a transplant.
Kidney Disease and Nexium
Kidney disease and Nexium are connected. According to at least one study conducted by the FDA, long-term use of Nexium and other PPIs increases the risk of developing kidney disease by 28%. This is a startling revelation, since Nexium is one of the most popular PPIs prescribed for GERD and an estimated 20% of the US population has been diagnosed with GERD. The potential victims of chronic kidney disease from Nexium are huge.
20% of the US population is roughly 63,780,000. If 63,780,000 people were diagnosed with GERD in the US and only half of them were taking Nexium or another PPI drug, that would mean that 31,890,000 people are at risk for developing serious or fatal conditions. If the National Institute of Health’s report of 15% of PPI users developing chronic kidney disease continues, 4,783,500 Americans will develop CKD from Nexium or other PPI drugs. This is only a conservative estimate, assuming that only half of people diagnosed with GERD in the US are using Nexium or other PPIs.
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.
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.