Proton Pump Inhibitors Linked to Serious Kidney Problems
If you take Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid or any other drug known as a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), you may be a serious risk of developing kidney problems and not even know it.
PPIs in the Spotlight
A recent article on the CNN.com website highlighted the risks faced by people who take PPIs. While these medications are extremely popular – according to the article, approximately 15 million Americans have prescriptions for PPIs – they have been linked to kidney disease and kidney failure, which can be fatal. And since PPIs are also available without a prescription, the actual number of people taking them is more than likely substantially higher.
The article cited a study released on April 14 that was published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. The study showed that people who take PPIs are at a much higher risk of developing kidney problems than those who do not. In January, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) released a study that also showed the link between PPIs and kidney problems. This study analyzed approximately 10,000 medical records of patients taking PPIs compared to those who did not. Researchers found that PPI patients were up to 50 percent more likely to develop kidney disease than those who did not take the medications.
Another study cited by the article analyzed the records of nearly 175,000 patients – and the results were even more alarming. This study showed that PPI users were at much as a 96 percent higher risk of kidney failure.
Keep a Lookout for Potential Kidney Problems
If you take a PPI medication, it is extremely important that you closely monitor your health and be alert to the signs of kidney-related complications. If you or someone close to you has suffered kidney problems after taking a PPI, get in touch with Baron & Budd immediately. Call 877-629-0481 or complete our contact form to contact us online and learn about your potential legal options.