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Heartburn Drugs Linked to Kidney Damage?

heartburn medicineAccording to a new study, the long-term use of various, common heartburn drugs have potential links to an increased risk of kidney disease, damage, and failure. The recent study was conducted and published by the American Society of Nephrology based on proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Prilosec, Prevacid, and Nexium.

The study shows that roughly 15 million individuals in the United States were prescribed common PPIs in 2013. The researchers also utilized the Department of Veterans Affairs national databases to determine the safety of these medications. This research showed more than 170,000 new PPI user compared to over 20,000 new histamine H2 receptor blocker users, which is an alternative drug class used for stomach acid.

Follow-ups conducted over five years revealed that 15% of people who were using the PPIs had some kind of diagnosed chronic kidney disease. In comparison, 11% of H2-blocker users were diagnosed.

In all, there was a 28% increased risk of developing kidney damage or disease for users of PPIs. While some consider the rate of risk to be overall low, it is an alarming concern. If there is an increased risk of kidney damage associated with PPIs such as Prevacid, Prilosec, and Nexium, the makers must be held accountable for not informing consumers.

At Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC, our dangerous drug attorneys know how individuals may be affected if drug makers do not take the proper precautions to keep consumers safe. If you or someone you love was harmed due to a dangerous drug, you may have the right to file a claim against the manufacturer.

A defective drug causing kidney damage or disease is a scary thought. People should not have to suffer as a result of a drug manufacturer not informing others of potential dangers. Call us today to discuss your potential claim today.