Kidney Disease Risk from Heartburn Medication

Heartburn and acid reflux are two of the most common ailments in the U.S. today. Millions take medication to relieve the symptoms associated with these conditions. Some of the most common types of medication are proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which are designed to reduce the amount of acid in the stomach. However, recent studies have discovered a link between PPIs and chronic kidney disease.

According to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, patients who took PPIs twice a day to treat heartburn or acid reflux face a 46 percent increase of risk for developing kidney disease. These findings were confirmed in another study that found that patients who took PPIs faced a 39 higher risk of developing kidney disease than those who took other types of treatment.

Common medications in this class of drugs are:

  • Nexium®
  • Prevacid®
  • Prilosec®
  • Losec®
  • Protonix®
  • Zegerid®

If you or someone you love suffered from chronic kidney disease after taking any of these medications, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. The drug injury attorneys at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are currently taking cases involving PPI-related injuries, but your window for bringing a lawsuit may be limited. Many victims have already brought lawsuits for their injuries, so don’t delay. Call us today for a free evaluation of your claim.