With two new studies raising questions about Nexium, Prilosec and kidney complications, millions of patients have serious concerns about the safety of these proton pump inhibitor drugs.
What is a PPI?
A proton pump inhibitor is a type of medication used to treat serious gastrointestinal problems, though it is often prescribed for even minor cases of heartburn. Examples of PPIs include Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid.
What is a CKD and how is it linked to PPIs?
Recent studies show a correlation between the use of PPIs and chronic kidney disease, a condition that has many stages with health effects ranging from general fatigue to complete kidney failure. There could be up to a 50 percent increase in risks for CKD for those taking PPIs.
What are the signs of Chronic Kidney Disease?
There are a number of CKD symptoms that PPI users should be aware of, including fatigue, reduced appetite, difficulty concentrating, sleeplessness, muscle cramps, swollen feet, swollen ankles, dry skin, flaky skin and frequent urination, especially at night.
If PPIs are causing my CKD, who is at fault?
While the public is still reeling from the alarming links between PPIs and CKD, big questions will need to be asked to determine who might have known about the risks and why the medical community wasn’t informed about these risks sooner. This could mean that the drug manufacturers could be partially responsible. Additionally, if doctors prescribed or recommended these medications even when a patient didn’t show symptoms specified by the FDA, they might also bear some responsibility. Your attorney will investigate your case to determine who is liable for your damages.
I need PPIs to maintain my health. What should I do if I’m concerned about CKD risks?
You should have your kidneys monitored frequently if you must take PPIs to maintain your health. A nephrologist, a doctor who specializes in kidneys, might be able to offer you a thorough examination of your kidneys to determine whether or not you have CKD.
What should I do if I currently take PPIs?
If at all possible, reevaluate your need for PPIs. Many patients are taking these medications even though their symptoms don’t fall under FDA guidelines for PPI use. Don’t rely solely on the recommendation of a single doctor, especially if that doctor was the person who initially recommended or prescribed the medication. Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion and explore other options for treating your condition.
Should I consult with a doctor even if I don’t currently show signs of CKD?
Yes. Catching CKD in the early stages can have massive benefits in terms of treatment. You can also ask your doctor about possible alternatives to PPIs. Since many patients take these medications unnecessarily, you might be able to find another medication that treats your condition. You should also consider having your kidneys examined to make sure that you don’t already have kidney problems.
Lawyers Handling PPI Injury Lawsuits
If you believe that you are suffering chronic kidney disease due to the use of proton pump inhibitors, it is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention. To get a legal evaluation of your case, contact the attorneys Pogust Millrood for a consultation.