Nexium Kidney Injury Lawyers
If you or your loved one suffered serious kidney side effects, kidney damage, or even kidney failure after using Nexium or a related drug, you may be entitled to substantial compensation.
Nexium belongs to a common class of acid reflux drugs which are used by tens of millions of people in both prescription and over-the-counter form, and many users of these medications may not be aware that they have been associated with very serious kidney side effects. We are currently reviewing Nexium kidney injury lawsuits on behalf of clients across the United States who believe they may have been spared suffering had they been properly warned of Nexium kidney risks.
What is Nexium?
Nexium is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), which inhibit the over-production of acid by cells in the lining of the stomach. Other PPIs include:
These drugs are frequently prescribed and used in over-the-counter form by individuals who suffer from chronic heartburn, acid reflux and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), esophageal inflammation, and ulcers caused by stomach acid.
In recent years, Nexium and other PPIs have been used by tens of millions of people, and many believe that they have been over used, especially in light of concerns regarding severe kidney side effects. Many people may achieve similar symptom reduction through diet and lifestyle changes, and it has been alleged that patients are misled by Nexium marketing to believe this drug is safer than it truly is.
Nexium Kidney Side Effects
Despite the fact that Nexium and other PPIs have been associated with kidney injuries which may be severe, permanent, or even life-threatening, it may be alleged that the makers of this drug failed to warn doctors and consumers about these serious risks. Nexium kidney injuries may include:
Interstitial nephritis is a result of swelling of the kidney tubules which help the kidney filter toxins from the body and secrete them through urination. This condition may reduce kidney function and if not treated properly may lead to a number of dangerous health threats including kidney failure.
The FDA warned of Nexium interstitial nephritis risks in December 2014, stating that this dangerous side effect may occur at any time during PPI therapy and that individuals should stop taking Nexium immediately if they develop interstitial nephritis.
Acute Kidney Injury
Acute kidney injury may bring about kidney disease and even kidney (renal) failure, which could necessitate kidney transplant or dialysis treatment for the rest of a patient’s life.
In April 2015, the journal CMAJ Open published a study which concluded that users of Nexium or another PPI may be 2.5 times more likely to suffer acute kidney injury. At this time, the researchers warned that over-use or inappropriate use of these medications could unnecessarily endanger patients.
Chronic kidney injury or damage caused by Nexium may bring about permanent kidney disease or kidney failure.
The journal JAMA Internal Medicine published research in January 2016 which suggested that individuals who take Nexium could raise the risk of kidney disease by up to 50%. These researchers also found that patients who take a PPI twice daily are at an even higher risk for kidney disease, and that this risk appears to increase the longer a person takes Nexium or a related drug.
In April 2016, the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology published a study where researchers found that PPI users are 28% more likely to suffer kidney disease and 96% more likely to suffer kidney failure than users of another class of acid medications called H2 blockers.
Speak with a Dangerous Drug Lawyer
Between the date of Nexium’s FDA approval in 2001 and the release of the first generic form of Nexium, the drug maker AstraZenica sold about $6 billion worth of their “purple pill.” However, now many individuals who have suffered from serious Nexium kidney side effects claim that the company reaped these profits at the cost of patient health, choosing to protect their own financial gains rather than provide adequate warning of known kidney side effects. If you have suffered serious kidney injury after using Nexium, you may be owed compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial damages. For more information on Nexium kidney damage lawsuits, please contact our personal injury lawyers today.