Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix, Dexilant, Kapidex and Aciphex
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are drugs used to reduce acid production in the stomach. Proton pump inhibitors include Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix, Dexilant, Kapidex and Aciphex. Patients use Proton pump inhibitors to treat acid reflux, heartburn, peptic ulcers, gastritis, Barrett’s esophagus, allergic esophagitis, Gastrinomas or other stomach tumors, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Doctors prescribe these medications to people of all ages, including infants. Serious side effects have been linked to Proton pump inhibitors including heart attack, dementia, kidney disease and injury and bone fractures. In 2011, a group of German physicians and researchers concluded a seven-year study on Proton pump inhibitors and found that the users of Proton pump inhibitors had a significantly increased risk of dementia. A group of Canadian researchers reviewed nine years of medical records of 290,592 people, and discovered that users of Proton pump inhibitors were more likely to suffer from acute kidney injury than non-users of Proton pump inhibitors. Also, in 2016, the Journal of the American Medical Association released a report showing that users of Proton pump inhibitors were much more likely to experience chronic kidney failure. The Stanford School of Medicine’s study on users of Proton pump inhibitors found that there is an association between usage of Proton pump inhibitors and heart attacks, and showed a 20% increase in risk of heart attack after using these medications. Researchers in Denmark found that users of Proton pump inhibitors were 50% more likely to acquire pneumonia while in a hospital. The University of Maryland reported that certain Proton pump inhibitors (Prevacid, Nexium, and Prilosec and its generics) can increase the risk of wrist, hip, vertebrae and forearm bone breaks in people who use the medications for more than one year.
Multiple lawsuits have been filed against AstraZeneca, Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer Inc., the manufacturers of Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid and Protonix for failure to warn users about known risks of taking the medications. Most cases are still ongoing. As further Proton pump inhibitor research emerges, people injured by these drugs may continue to file lawsuits. Future litigation may involve other Proton pump inhibitors such as Aciphex and Dexilant as well.
Typically these claims are not against your doctor but against the manufacturer of the drug. If you or a loved one has taken Proton pump inhibitors such as Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix, Dexilant, Kapidex and Aciphex and developed serious side effects including iheart attack, dementia, kidney disease and injury or bone fractures, please call us immediately for a free evaluation to see if you qualify to file a Proton pump inhibitor medical injury lawsuit. Timeframes may apply so don’t wait to have your case evaluated.