Dexilant is a popular heartburn drug that has been linked to higher rates of kidney side effects, including acute kidney inflammation and chronic kidney disease. The FDA has recently updated the label to include stronger warnings about nephritis.
Need a Texas Dexilant Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with kidney side effects, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
UPDATE: Heartburn Drugs Increase Risk of Death
July 2017 — A new study in the journal BMJ Open has linked the long-term use of heartburn drugs in the Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) class with up to a 50% increased risk of death compared to H2-blocker heartburn drugs. Click here to read more.
Can Heartburn Medications Kill You?
What is Dexilant?
Dexilant contains dexlansoprazole, an anti-heartburn drug made by Takeda Pharmaceuticals that was approved by the FDA in January 2009 under the brand-name Kapidex. Dexilant belongs to the Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) class of anti-heartburn medications.
Dexilant and Kidney Damage
Dexilant is one of the newest PPIs on the market, but other drugs in this class have been linked to case reports of nephritis since the early 1990s. In December 2015, the FDA updated the label on all PPIs, including Dexilant, to include stronger warnings about acute interstitial nephritis.
What is Nephritis?
Nephritis is a kidney disease that causes sudden inflammation and swelling in the kidneys due to an allergic reaction. It is an uncommon side effect of Dexilant, but without proper diagnosis and treatment it can lead to kidney failure. Symptoms may include:
- Changes in urine output
- Fatigue or unusual drowsiness
- Nausea, vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Persistent itching
- Malaise (generally feeling unwell)
- Fluid retention
- Swelling in the body due to excess fluid
Studies Linking PPIs and Kidney Disease
Two recent studies have found evidence that long-term use of PPIs increases the risk of kidney side effects:
- CMAJ Open (April 2015): Canadian researchers analyzed data on nearly 300,000 older adults in Ontario and found a 3-fold increased risk of nephritis and a 2.5-fold increased risk of acute kidney injury.
- JAMA Internal Medicine (February 2016): Researchers at Johns Hopkins University analyzed data on 10,500 people who used PPIs and found that twice-daily doses were associated with a 46% increased risk of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
What is the problem?
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm. However, our lawyers are not currently filing a class action lawsuit against the makers of Dexilant. Instead, we are filing individual lawsuits and investigating
- Acute kidney injury
- Interstitial nephritis
- Kidney inflammation
- Chronic kidney disease
- Kidney failure
About Class Actions
Class actions make sense when a lot of people want refunds after buying a defective product. They are also useful when corporations defraud investors or discriminate in hiring employees. In a class action, everyone joins together to seek compensation and shares the payout.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action
Class actions sometimes have disadvantages for individual plaintiffs with very severe injuries. Lawyers may charge excessive fees, leaving little payout remaining for everyone to share. Members may also have to accept “low-ball” settlements.
Instead of a class action, our lawyers are filing individual lawsuits. We specialize in holding pharmaceutical companies accountable for selling dangerous medications and failing to warn about side effects. If you were injured by Dexilant, you could be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, and more.
Need a Dexilant Lawyer in Texas?
Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged.
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The Clark Firm has assembled a team of trial lawyers with more than 100 years experience, participation in over 600 jury trials and $260 million in verdicts and/or settlements. Please use the form below to contact our Texas Dexilant lawyers for a free lawsuit review.