Proton Pump Inhibitors
The primary purpose of proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) would be to decrease the generation of gastric acidity. As the strongest variations of acid secretion inhibition that are understood today, PPI’s affect noticeable results which are intended to be lasting.
PROTON PUMP INHIBITORS CAUSE KIDNEY DAMAGE
If you suffer from an acid reflux condition, Barret’s Syndrome, Peptic Ulcers, or other acid reflux condition, your doctor may have prescribed for you to take a Proton Pump Inhibitor daily. These medications have been considered wonder drugs in the medical community for their effectiveness at preventing acid from damaging your gastrointestinal system. However, the FDA labels these products to only be used for a 2-week period a few times a year. A recent study conducted by Geisinger Health System here in the Harrisburg area showed that long term use of these drugs is correlated with Chronic Kidney Disease, Acute Kidney Injury, an increased risk for Coronary Events, and even Dementia. If you have been prescribed to take any of the following drugs for longer than six months and were diagnosed with any of those conditions, call 1-866-FEATHER today.
- Protonix (Pantoprazole)
- Nexium (Esomeprazole)
- Prilosec (Omeprazole)
- Prevacid (Lansoprazole)
- Aciphex (Rabeprazole)
- Zegarid (rapid-release Omeprazole)
- Dexilant (Dexlansoprazole)
HOW DO PROTON PUMP INHIBITORS WORK?
Proton Pump Inhibitors work better than other acid reflux medications because they do not just treat the acid problem, they bind to the acid and render it neutral. This prevents people who suffer from acidic conditions in their gastrointestinal system from having further damage done to their internal organs by the acid. Other medications treat the acid once it is created but Proton Pump Inhibitors irreversibly block the acid production mechanism. This is why these drugs are so effective and so widely prescribed. They are one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States. A study conducted by the Veteran’s Administration showed that patients taking Proton Pump Inhibitor drugs were 96% more likely to experience End-stage Renal Disease, commonly called Kidney Failure, than those who took H2 blockers.
SIDE EFFECTS TO LOOK FOR
If you are concerned that you may have undiagnosed Chronic Kidney Disease, look out for the following symptoms:
- Frequent urination
- Low back pain
- Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite
- Fatigue and weakness
- Sleep problems
- Persistent Itching
- Decreased mental sharpness
- Swelling of feet and ankles
- Chest pain, shortness of breath
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure
Your doctor can do a simple blood test to check your eGFR, a global measure of kidney function. Another thing to look for is elevated levels of BUN and creatinine on your lab results. Chronic Kidney Disease has different stages and untreated Chronic Kidney Disease will always worsen. Once your kidneys have been damaged it is difficult to regain their function. After your kidneys get below a certain amount of function dialysis will be necessary until the end of life or a kidney transplant can be found.
SHOULD I FILE A LAWSUIT?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with any of the following conditions, call Feather Law Group today for your free case consultation:
- Kidney Failure
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Acute Kidney Injury
- Renal Failure
- Decreased Renal Function
Our seasoned attorneys have years of experience in seeking damages for people who have been injured by defective or mislabeled drugs. Many people can be uncertain about bringing a law suit and the complications it could cause in their life. We are here to help you to seek the compensation you deserve by holding the manufacturers of Proton Pump Inhibitors responsible for their negligence. In Mass Tort Drug Litigation, we never sue your doctor as they were following the recommendations made by the manufacturers of the drugs and are not at fault. We take the time to explain to you how the process works and are sensitive to the difficulties and concerns that you are facing as you deal with your injuries. Call 1-866-FEATHER today to learn how we can help you to seek damages for the injuries the manufacturers of Proton Pump Inhibitors caused you.