Proton Pump Inhibitor Drug Side Effect Lawsuits
More than 15 million Americans suffer from heartburn and acid reflux and rely on a class of prescription drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for treatment. The medications work by reducing the amount of acid produced by the stomach and are available under a variety of popular brand names, such as Nexium®, Prevacid®, and Prilosec®.
However, researchers now believe patients who take PPIs may face an increased risk of developing severe health problems, including chronic kidney disease and stomach cancer.
Our drug injury attorneys are here to help if you or a loved one developed chronic kidney disease, kidney failure, or stomach cancer after taking any of the following PPI drugs:
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our lawyers have been helping drug injury victims for more than 35 years, and we have the legal knowledge and resources to help you get the best possible results for your case. Call (800) 210-8503 or complete a free initial consultation form to get started now. We’ll review your case for free, and you won’t owe us anything unless we win money for you.
PPI Heartburn Drugs Linked to Chronic Kidney Disease
In a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers analyzed data from more than 10,000 patients taking part in a national study and nearly 250,000 outpatients treated with PPIs. Findings showed patients who took PPIs once per day faced a 15 percent increased risk of chronic kidney disease compared to patients who didn’t take PPIs. Twice-daily users were 46 percent more likely to develop chronic kidney disease.
Researchers also found that patients who took PPIs faced a 39 percent higher risk of chronic kidney disease over patients of similar health treated with H2 blockers, another type of drug used to treat heartburn and acid reflux.
Proton Pump Inhibitors and Stomach Cancer
A study following almost 63,400 patients who took PPI drugs over seven years showed a link between frequent and long-term use of the drugs and an increased risk of stomach cancer. Patients who took PPIs every day faced more than four times the risk of stomach cancer compared to those who took the drug once per week. Additionally, long-term use of PPIs over several years was shown to increase the risk of stomach cancer by up to eight times.
The same study showed that patients who took H2 blockers, another class of drug used to treat heartburn and acid reflux, did not face an increased stomach cancer risk.
Now Investigating PPI Kidney Disease and Stomach Cancer Lawsuits
If you or someone you care about were diagnosed with stomach cancer, developed chronic kidney disease, or experienced kidney failure after taking Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, Losec, Protonix, or Zegerid, you may be entitled to compensation.
Contact Ferrer, Poirot, and Wansbrough now to get experienced help with your PPI side effect lawsuit. Our team of compassionate drug injury lawyers is standing by to help answer your questions and protect your rights. Call (800) 210-8503 or complete a free initial consultation form to get started now.
Prilosec®, Losec®, and Nexium® are registered trademarks of AstraZeneca plc. Prevacid® is a registered trademark of Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. Protonix® is a registered trademark of Pfizer, Inc. Zegerid® is a registered trademark of Santarus, Inc. All trademarks are used to identify the products in question.
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