Bone Fracture Side Effects of Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, Other Heartburn Drugs
The FDA announced this week that they are requiring new warnings about the risk of bone fractures from Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid, Zegerid, Aciphex and Vimovo, as the popular heartburn drugs have been associated with a number of hip fractures, wrist fractures, spine fractures and other injuries. The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing these new warnings and recent studies to determine whether users may be entitled to compensation through a lawsuit over bone fractures while taking the medications.
>>FDA LINK (5/25/2010): Bone Fracture Side Effects of Nexium, Prilosec
Prevacid, Protonix, Zegerid, Aciphex, Vimovo
The label changes for the drugs, known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), come after the agency looked at a number of studies that linked the drugs to increased bone fracture risks. PPIs are designed to fight the symptoms of a number of gastrointestinal ailments by reducing the body’s production of stomach acid.
The new bone fracture warnings affect both other-the-counter and prescription heartburn drugs, including:
- Prilosec and Prilosec OTC
- Prevacid and Prevacid 24HR
- Zegerid and Zegerid OTC
The types of bone fractures associated with the drugs include
- Hip fractures
- Wrist fractures
- Spine fractures
The new warnings come just days after the results of a study were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine that linked the use of Nexium, Prilosec and other PPIs to a 25% increase in the risk of bone fractures in women. The risks appear to be connected to long-term use of the drugs of a year or more, but FDA has decided to place the bone fracture risk warning even on those drugs which are not recommended for use longer than two weeks at a time. Most studies were conducted on women over the age of 50.
According to new information provided for consumers on the FDA website:
Be aware that an increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine has been reported in some studies of patients using proton pump inhibitors. The greatest increased risk for these fractures was seen in patients who receive high doses of these medications or use them longer (a year or more).
HEARTBURN DRUG BONE FRACTURE LAWSUITS
The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are evaluating the potential for bone fracture lawsuits against the makers of heartburn drugs like Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix, Zegerid, Aciphex and Vimovo for failing to warn about these possible side effects.
If you or a family member have a bone fracture following long-term use of the medications, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.