Kidney Problems from Nexium, Prilosec, Other Acid Reflux Medications May Have Been Avoided By Many

Harvey Kirk

By Harvey Kirk
Posted June 27, 2016


As concerns continue to mount over the link between kidney problems and Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix and other similar heartburn drugs, there is also growing evidence that the manufacturers knew or should have known about the risks, yet failed to warn the public.

If better kidney warnings had been provided for users of Nexium and other drugs that are part of a popular class of medications known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI), many individuals nationwide may have avoided serious and potentially life-threatening health problems.

As a result of the drug makers’ apparent decision to place their desire for profits before consumers safety, the lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are pursuing potential Nexium lawsuits, Prilosec lawsuits, Prevacid lawsuits, Protonix lawsuits or other claims for users of a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) who have been diagnosed with:

  • Acute Interstitial Nephritis (AIN)
  • Acute Kidney Injury (AIK)
  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
  • End-Stage Renal Failure or Kidney Failure
  • Wrongful Death


Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix, Dexilant, AcipHex and other PPI-based heartburn drugs were used by 15 million Americans in 2013, generating more than $10 billion in sales during that one year. However, some estimates suggest that 25% to 70% of users were prescribed the drug even though they may not have had an appropriate medical need.

This widespread overuse of acid reflux drugs has been caused by a combination of the manufacturers’ aggressive marketing in direct-to-consumer advertisements about the benefits of their medications, as well as a decision to withhold information from users and the medical community about the potential risk.

Some experts have suggested that a prescription for Nexium, Prilosec or another PPI has almost become the proverbial “mint on the pillow” when leaving a doctor’s office. In many cases, the medications should have been a short-term solution while longer-term life-style changes were made.

While most consumers and doctors are just now learning about the kidney risks with Nexium, Prilosec and other PPIs, reports suggest that manufacturers of these popular drugs have known for more than 10 years. FDA adverse event reports involving Nexium kidney problems were submitted as far back as 2004, just three years after the widely used drug hit the market in 2001.

Although the pharmaceutical companies had a duty to investigate the problems and warn about side effects associated with the medications they sold, it appears that they chose to turn a blind eye to the issue, apparently placing their desire for profits before consumer safety.

If users and doctors had been aware of the kidney problems from Nexium and Prilosec, they could have made an informed decision about whether the benefits provided by the treatment continue to justify the risk, potentially taking periodic breaks from treatment to determine whether symptoms return.

Request a free consultation and case evaluation to determine whether you, a friend or family member may be eligible for financial compensation for problems experienced following use of Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid, Dexilant, AcipHex or another proton pump inhibitor (PPI).

All cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are never any out-of-pocket expenses and we receive no attorney fees unless a recovery is obtained. Request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

7 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • Chester says:

    I’ve taken some of the listed anti acids and believe it may have contributed to my kidney cancer

    Posted on August 14, 2016 at 6:48 pm

  • Jennifer says:

    Had to go thru chemotherapy for kidney failure

    Posted on August 26, 2016 at 1:49 pm

  • Elaine says:

    I lost a kidney to cancer & my remaining kidney went into stage 3 CKD immediately following removal.

    Posted on September 6, 2017 at 1:00 pm

  • William says:

    My wife had a problem and took nexium for over a year. During this time, app 6 months after she started using nexium she got to where she couldn’t control her kidneys and had to use adult diapers. 4 months later we discovered she had cancer. It was in her breast and lower spine. Months later it was in her kidneys lungs and liver. She lost her battle 07-19-2014. Her health completely took a dive about 6 months after starting the use of nexium

    Posted on September 27, 2017 at 1:40 pm

  • James says:

    I have taken those medication for any years. I now have stage 3-4 kidney disease

    Posted on November 8, 2017 at 2:33 pm

  • VALERIE says:

    I use ZANTAC it isn’t on your list.I’ve been put on lasix&potassium AFTER USE OF 8years,I believe.

    Posted on November 13, 2017 at 6:50 am

  • Karen says:

    My kidney function lab tests came back bad and my liver enzymes were greatly elevated. I even had to have further testing and cut the omepraole out of my meds and my levels came back to almost normal.

    Posted on December 18, 2018 at 6:08 pm

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