Aciphex is an anti-heartburn drug that may increase the risk of stomach cancer, nephritis (kidney inflammation), bone fractures, low magnesium, infections, and more.
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Aciphex and Stomach Cancer
In November 2017, a study published in the journal Gut found a doubled (2X) higher risk of stomach cancer for people who were on long-term treatment with heartburn medications in the Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) class, which includes popular antacids like Aciphex.
Aciphex Lawsuits Centralized in MDL
August 2017 — Judges have centralized 161 lawsuits involving kidney injuries from Aciphex and other PPI heartburn drugs into Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2798) under Judge Claire C. Cecchi in the District of New Jersey — In RE: Proton-Pump Inhibitor Products Liability Litigation (No. II). Drug-makers are accused of failing to warn that Aciphex can cause kidney injuries, Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), acute interstitial nephritis, end-stage kidney disease, or kidney failure.
Study Links Heartburn Drugs and Death
July 2017 — A new study published in BMJ Open has found up to a 50% increased risk of death for people who use PPI heartburn drugs for 1-2 years instead of another type of heartburn drugs called H2-blockers. long-term use of PPI heartburn drug. Click here to read more.
Heartburn Drugs Causing Massive Health Problems
Aciphex Linked to 96% Higher Risk of Kidney Failure
April 2016 — A study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology has linked the use of anti-heartburn medications in the PPI class to a 96% increased risk of kidney failure and a 26% increased risk of chronic kidney disease. Click here to read more.
What is Aciphex?
Aciphex (rabeprazole) is a medication that inhibits the production of acid in the stomach. It is manufactured by Eisai Co. and is sold by the drug company Janssen Pharmaceuticals. It belongs to the Proton-Pump Inhibitor (PPI) class of heartburn drugs.
Aciphex treats many debilitating conditions that are caused by over-production of stomach acid. The most common reason for taking Aciphex is heartburn or a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). People who have these conditions may suffer from painful stomach ulcers or tissue damage in the esophagus. Aciphex reduces the production of stomach acid, which allows the body to heal these injuries.
Aciphex and Kidney Damage
The label on Aciphex was updated to include nephritis (kidney inflammation) in December 2014. Nephritis causes sudden, severe inflammation and swelling in the kidneys. It is usually caused by an allergic reaction to medications like Aciphex, and without treatment it can lead to kidney failure.
More recently, researchers have found evidence that Aciphex could also lead to kidney disease. According to a study published in January 2016, people who take PPIs once or twice a day are 20-50% more likely to develop kidney disease. Over time, chronic kidney disease causes complications in nearly every part of the body. It can also lead to kidney failure, which can only be treated with dialysis or a kidney transplant.
Study Finds Increased Risk of Nephritis and Kidney Injury
A study published in April 2015 by the journal of the Canadian Medical Association found that people over 66 years old on long-term treatment with PPIs could be 2.4-times more likely to develop kidney injury and 3-times more likely to develop acute interstitial nephritis. The researchers analyzed data on 290,000 people in Ontario, Canada who initiated treatment with PPIs between 2002 and 2011.
Aciphex and Bone Fractures
Aciphex inhibits the glands in the stomach that produce stomach acid. Unfortunately, Aciphex may increase the risk of bone fractures compared to people who do not take a PPI. Several studies have found that the risk is greatest for people who have used Aciphex for at least one year, or used high doses of Aciphex.
It is possible that Aciphex and other PPIs could increase the risk of bone fractures by inhibiting the body’s ability to absorb calcium. Without stomach acid, the body may not be able to extract calcium from food. This decreases the amount of calcium that is absorbed by the body and incorporated into bones.
Safety Warnings for Bone Fractures
April 2012 — U.K. health regulators warned about the risk of bone fractures associated with long-term use of PPIs. The regulators warned that elderly people had the highest risk of bone fractures, especially those who had taken the drug for more than a year.
May 2010 — The FDA issued a public safety warning that long-term use of PPIs could increase the risk of bone fractures. Several studies had concluded that using a PPI for more than one year increases this risk.
Side Effects of Aciphex
- Stomach cancer
- Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
- Kidney inflammation
- Renal disease
- Kidney failure
- Bone fractures (especially of the wrist, spine, and hip)
- Low magnesium
- Tetany (muscle spasm)
- Arrhythmia and heart problems
Aciphex Class Action
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm, but our lawyers are not filing an Aciphex class action. Instead, we are focusing our efforts on filing individual lawsuits against drug-makers. If you decide to join this litigation, you could receive compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, and more.
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