Nexium Lawyers Reviewing Kidney Injury Lawsuits Nationwide
The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential Nexium lawsuits for individuals nationwide who have developed a kidney injury after using this popular acid reflux and heartburn drug.
Although it has been used by millions of people and is widely thought to be safe, several studies suggest that side effects of Nexium and other proton pump inhibitors (PPI) may increase the risk of serious kidney problems, which were not adequately disclosed by the drug maker, including:
- Acute Kidney Injury
- Acute Interstitial Nephritis
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Kidney Failure
- Dialysis Treatment
- Kidney Transplant Surgery
If information had been provided to consumers and the medical community about the potential link between Nexium and kidney injury, many people may have avoided serious and life-threatening complications by limiting their use of this drug or choosing a different treatment alternative.
Contact our Nexium injury lawyers to review whether your or a loved one may be entitled to financial compensation. Request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
Nexium Kidney Side Effects
Since it was introduced by AstraZeneca in 2001, Nexium has become one of the most widely used drugs in the United States and generated about $6 billion in annual sales before it became available as a generic.
Nexium is commonly taken for treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), as well as heartburn, stomach ulcers and inflammation of the esophagus. It is part of a larger class of medications known as proton pump inhibitors (PPI), which also include Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix and others.
AstraZenica has aggressively marketed the “Purple Pill” as safe and effective, but increasing evidence suggests that users may face a serious risk of kidney injury from Nexium long-term use.
Although it appears that the drug maker knew or should have know about these potential Nexium risks, information was withheld from consumers and the medical community.
▸ Nexium Interstitial Nephritis Warnings
In December 2014, the FDA required new warning information about a form a Nexium kidney problems, known as acute interstitial nephritis, which involves a sudden inflammation of the kidneys that can lead to more severe problems. The new warning information states:
Acute interstitial nephritis has been observed in patients taking PPIs including Nexium. Acute interstitial nephritis may occur at any point during PPI therapy and is generally attributed to idiopathic hypersensitivy reaction. Discontinue Nexium if acute interstial nephritis develops
According to allegations that will be raised in Nexium lawsuits, these warnings should have been provided much earlier and also do not go far enough. Consumers and the medical community should be informed that Nexium may increase the risk of acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, kidney failure and other problems.
▸ Nexium Acute Kidney Injury Risk
In a study published by the medical journal CMAJ Open in April 2015, researchers found that side effects of Nexium and other PPI may cause some users to face a 2.5 fold increased risk of acute kidney injury, as well as a three times higher risk of acute interstitial nephritis when compared to individuals who do not use a heartburn drug.
Researchers highlighted the importance of doctors understanding the risk of acute interstitial nephritis and kidney injury with drugs like Nexium, indicating that patients should be monitored and indiscriminate use of the drugs should be discouraged.
In severe cases, a Nexium acute kidney injury may become chronic, leading to kidney disease, end-stage renal failure, the need for life-long dialysis treatment or a kidney transplant.
▸ Nexium Kidney Disease
In January 2016, another study published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine highlighted the Nexium kidney injury risks, finding that proton pump inhibitors (PPI) may increase the chances of individuals developing chronic kidney disease (CDK) by 50%.
Researchers called for further research on the link between Nexium and kidney disease, and lawsuits allege that Nexium warnings should more clearly indicated that Nexium can cause sudden loss of kidney function, potentially resulting in symptoms like:
- Weakness or Fatigue
- Shortness of Breath
- Abnormal Heart Rhythms
- Pain the Flanks
Recurrent kidney injury or more severe instances may be the underlying cause of chronic kidney disease from Nexium, and many individuals may have avoided this serious complication by discontinuing the drug or pursuing a different treatment alternative.
It appears that AstraZenica placed their desire for profits ahead of consumer safety by failing to provide adequate information and warnings about these potential Nexium kidney risks.
Nexium Class Action Lawyers
The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential Nexium class action lawsuits and individual claims for those who have suffered a kidney injury. Similar claims are being through Prilosec lawsuits and other acid reflux drug lawsuits.
All cases are reviewed by our lawyers on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no out-of-pocket costs to hire our law firm and we only receive an attorney fee or reimbursed expenses if we are successful obtaining a Nexium settlement or recovery or a kidney injury suffered by you or a loved one.
Request a free consultation and claim evaluation to determine what legal options may be available.