If you’ve been diagnosed with kidney disease and have taken prescription or over the counter Proton Pump Inhibitors such as Nexium®, Prevacid® or Prilosec®, you may be owed damages. Because this is a time-sensitive matter, it’s important you fill out the form now so that we can assess your case and contact you if we determine you qualify.
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Recent studies have shown that people who use Proton Pump Inhibitors for acid reflux have an increased risk for chronic kidney disease. As compared to non-users, studies indicate they have a 20% to 50% greater risk depending on frequency of use and dosage. Use of these Proton Pump Inhibitors already has been linked to short-term kidney problems such as acute kidney injury and an inflammatory kidney disease called acute interstitial nephritis.
Compounding the problem, as many as 70 percent of these prescriptions have been handed out inappropriately. Plus, in addition to prescription versions, Proton Pump Inhibitors are also available as non-prescription over-the-counter drugs.
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Studies have also shown that 25 percent of long-term users could stop taking the medication without suffering increased heartburn or acid reflux. Studies now show a link between the drugs and chronic kidney disease, in which the kidneys lose their ability to filter blood effectively.
Over time, chronic kidney disease can lead to kidney failure, forcing someone to undergo regular dialysis and possibly a kidney transplant, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
With regard to the escalating risk associated with dosage, some researchers have also compared people using the drugs once a day with people who used them twice a day. They found twice-daily use was associated with a 46 percent increased risk of chronic kidney disease, versus a 15 percent increased risk in those taking one daily dose.
It is uncertain how the drugs might damage the kidneys, but a couple of leading theories exist. The medications can cause normal magnesium levels in the body to decline, possibly causing damage the kidneys. The kidneys may also become damaged over time if patients suffer repeated attacks of acute kidney inflammation as a result of proton pump inhibitors.
Some gastroenterologists already are cautious regarding the use of the Proton Pump Inhibitors because they've been tied to other health problems such as bone fractures and infections of C. difficile and pneumonia. Some have started to limit the time patients have to be on the drugs and limit the dosage.