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Kidney Problems Caused by OTC Heartburn Pills?
Very little is as uncomfortable as the burning, irritation and difficulty swallowing that accompany heartburn and acid reflux. This pain can stop you in your tracks. It’s only natural to seek relief as quickly as possible. Most people find that relief in medications known as Proton Pump Inhibitors. They relieve the pesky symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux – an aggravating condition causing food or liquid from the stomach to migrate into the esophagus.
Patients using Proton Pump Inhibitor medications like Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid are more likely to experience a decline in kidney function. While taking one of the most often prescribed medications in recent years might increase the risk of kidney failure or disease, some of these risks might have been eliminated had patients been warned of them.
A simple warning label on these medications would have gone a long way toward providing heartburn sufferers with the knowledge and tools needed to make an informed decision. By not providing sufficient warning labels, the choice was taken out of the hands of the very people who needed that information most.
Healthy kidneys are essential to the proper function and cleansing of the human body. Kidneys cleanse the blood by filtering waste, contaminants, and excess water from the body through the process of urination. The kidneys also produce hormones that help keep bones strong and healthy.
When the kidneys do not function as needed, excessive fluid builds up, often in the lower limbs. This causes swelling in the legs and ankles, dehydration, nausea and vomiting, headaches and extreme fatigue. Kidney disease is very serious and can lead to hospitalization, dialysis, and even poses a risk of death when chronic or if left untreated. Anyone experiencing any of these signs should see a doctor as soon as possible.
Researchers have found the risk of kidney trouble increases with the prolonged use of these medications. If you’ve been taking these medications and suffer from any of the signs and symptoms listed, or if you’ve been diagnosed with kidney failure, call our law firm today. Get in touch with Baron & Budd at 866-723-1890 or complete our contact form to schedule a consultation. You may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the drug manufacturers. We may be able to help you get the compensation you need and deserve.