Nexium is used by millions of Americans every year. However, the popular heartburn medication has been linked to serious, life-threatening kidney injuries, including chronic kidney disease and kidney failure.
Nexium belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors, which work to reduce excess acid in the stomach. The drug is prescribed to treat acid reflux disease as well as erosive esophagitis, which is damage caused by excess stomach acid.
Several studies have identified a link between Nexium and kidney issues as well as other side effects. Victims of this potentially dangerous drug may be entitled to file a Nexium lawsuit to cover the damages they have suffered. The dangerous drugs attorneys at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy are ready to provide victims with a free legal consultation to determine if you may be entitled to file a Nexium lawsuit.
DANGEROUS SIDE EFFECTS
Proton pump inhibitors, such as Nexium, have been linked to various side effects, most prominently kidney issues. Some of the kidney issues linked to Nexium include:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Kidney inflammation (acute interstitial nephritis)
- Acute kidney injury
- Kidney failure
These medical issues may lead to dialysis or the need for a kidney transplant, which can put victims at further risk of suffering other injuries or death.
If you have suffered any of these injuries or other serious side effects after using Nexium, contact our lawyers. We can help you determine if you are entitled to file a Nexium lawsuit and how to proceed with your legal options.
FDA WARNINGS AND STUDIES
Since 2006, several studies have linked Nexium to a multitude of side effects. Recently, a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology revealed an increased risk of kidney failure and chronic kidney disease.
The study specifically noted a 96 percent increase in the risk of kidney failure and a 26 percent greater risk of chronic kidney disease among those taking medications like Nexium over an extended period of time.
Data from more than 170,000 people taking proton pump inhibitors was analyzed. After five years, 15 percent of those taking drugs like Nexium and other inhibitors were diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.
Another study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Internal Medicine, also revealed a 20 to 50 percent increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease in patients taking proton pump inhibitors. The study specifically noted that long term use increased the risk of developing chronic kidney disease.
In December 2014, the Food and Drug Administration made a label change for Nexium. The drug’s label was changed to include the risk of acute interstitial nephritis. Reports of kidney inflammation had been reported since 1992 and by 2004 at least 15 cases of acute interstitial nephritis had been reported.
The FDA has issued various drug safety communications on proton pump inhibitors. The administration has warned about the risk of low magnesium levels, increased risk of hip, wrist and spine fractures, and the risk of cardiac events.
If you have been a victim of any serious or life-threatening Nexium side effects, contact our law firm. You may be entitled to file a Nexium lawsuit to obtain compensation for your pain and suffering. Families who have lost a loved one and believe the death was caused by the decedent’s long term use of Nexium may also be entitled to file a Nexium lawsuit.
CONTACT A NEXIUM LAWSUIT ATTORNEY
With decades of legal experience, the attorneys at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy have a track record of success helping injury victims. We understand the trauma that victims of dangerous drugs endure and how the harm is not only physical, but also mental and financial.
If you have suffered adverse medical events as a result of taking a proton pump inhibitor like Nexium, contact our law firm to learn more about filing a Nexium lawsuit. We can help you fight for the compensation you deserve and hold negligent drug manufacturers accountable for their actions.