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Proton Pump Inhibitors and Kidney Disease
Recent research has linked drugs such as Prilosec and Prevacid to an increased risk of kidney disease and other kidney injuries. The research found that patients who used proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) were more likely to develop chronic kidney disease over 5 years than patients who used other types of heartburn medication. Other research suggests that the drugs may be responsible for prematurely aging blood cells, causing them to break down and clog the kidneys.
PPI manufacturers have reportedly known about the potential increased risked of kidney disease associated with their drugs. In December 2014, manufacturers were told to put kidney disease warnings on the labels of drugs such as Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium.
News of PPI kidney disease has led some doctors to speak out against the widespread use of PPIs and urge patients to consult doctors before taking the drugs. Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium are not appropriate for minor heartburn, according to some doctors. Other PPI side effects include nutrient deficiency, bone density loss and heart attacks.
If you or a loved one experienced kidney disease or kidney problems for proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec, Prevacid or Nexium, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Contact the PPI lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP for a free case evaluation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454.