Researchers May Have Found the Trigger for Proton Pump Inhibitor Risks

September 6, 2016  |  Pharmaceuticals, Dangerous Drugs & Devices, PPI

Over the last few months, people have become more aware of the potential health complications associated with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Prevacid, Prilosec and Nexium.

Although Prevacid, Prilosec, and Nexium are the most commonly prescribed PPIs, you may also be at risk if you have taken other drugs in the PPI class including: Aciphex, Dexilant, Kapidex, Protonix, Vimovo, and Zegerid.

According to a recent study, researchers may have pinpointed the reason why some people suffer kidney damage after taking PPIs.

An Important Piece to the Puzzle

Researchers from Houston Methodist Hospital and Stanford University found that PPIs don’t only shut off acid pumps in the stomach. They also shut off the production of acid throughout the body. This can be a major issue, because the body needs at least some acid in order to cleanse certain proteins that can cause damage to the kidneys and other organs.

Studies show that PPIs hamper the ability of lysosomes, portions of a cell that pump acid, to do their job. You can think of a lysosome as a tiny garbage disposal that breaks down proteins. If it doesn’t work properly, cells can age much faster than normal due to the accumulation of waste.

While millions of Americans take PPIs over the counter or through a prescription to fight heartburn, the body needs a certain amount of stomach acid in order to kill certain types of harmful bacteria. If all the body’s acid pumps are turned off, that can result in unintended consequences.

What Can You do if You are Harmed By PPI Medication?

You may be able to take legal action if you have suffered kidney damage after taking a PPI. This could possibly provide you with money to pay for medical bills and other expenses related to the complication. Get in touch with Baron & Budd and we can tell you more about your potential legal options. Click here to contact us online or call 877-629-0481.

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