Proton Pump Inhibitors

For those suffering from heartburn, drugs known as proton pump inhibitors are often a solution. Some 15 million people have a prescription for these medications, and many more take proton pump inhibitors that are sold over the counter, meaning without a prescription.

The drugs, which are marketed under the names Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid and many more, decrease the amount of acid the stomach produces. They provide relief from acid reflux and heartburn.

A recent medical study, however, indicates that the drugs may have a link to chronic kidney disease. While the study doesn’t show a direct, conclusive link, it did show that the more users took the drug, the more likely they were to develop chronic kidney disease. Patients that used the drugs daily showed a 15% increase in likelihood of developing chronic kidney disease. Patients who took proton pump inhibitors twice each day were 46% more likely to develop chronic kidney disease.

The medical study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in February 2016.

A recent news story indicated that doctors were already becoming cautious about how often, how much of a dose and how long patients were taking these drugs. The drugs have been linked to bone fractures and pneumonia, among other problems. In 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration added a warning to the drugs concerning possible interactions with other drugs.

These drugs have been on the market for some time. Those who have taken the drugs and developed kidney problems should consult with their physician for medical advice. Our firm, English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP, is discussing with potential clients what their legal options might be.

If you’ve taken these drugs and believe you may have a case against the manufacturer, please contact us right away. We can help you sort through your legal options. We offer a free initial consultation. You can call us at (270) 781-6500.

Resources

Prilosec (Omeprazole) safety information from the Food & Drug Administration

Nexium (Esomeprazole) information from WebMD