Evidence linking Nexium and kidney inflammation (nephritis) has been growing since the 1990s. A recent study has found a 20-50% increased risk of developing Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), which is a risk-factor for kidney failure.
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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 Nexium?
Nexium is one of the most popular medications in the world. It belongs to a class of drugs called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), which stop heartburn by decreasing the amount of acid produced by the stomach. Unfortunately, Nexium has also been linked to a wide range of severe side effects, including low magnesium levels, bone fractures, and infections, and kidney problems.
Nexium and Kidney Inflammation
The first case report linking Nexium and nephritis was published in 1992. By 2004, the manufacturer was aware of at least 15 reports of patients who developed nephritis. However, it was not until December 2014 that the FDA issued warnings and updated the label on Nexium to include acute interstitial nephritis. By then, dozens of cases had been reported, including some case reports involving patients who required long-term dialysis to treat kidney failure.
What is Nephritis?
Nephritis is a serious type of kidney inflammation that can cause long-term kidney disease or sudden kidney failure. Symptoms may include:
- Blood in the urine
- Changes in urine output
- Drowsiness or confusion
- Nausea, vomiting
- Swelling of the body
- Weight gain from fluid-retention
Study Links Nexium and 20-50% Increased Risk of Kidney Disease
After the FDA warning, researchers decided to investigate the risk of kidney problems from Nexium. They looked at data on 10,500 patients who used PPIs or non-PPI heartburn drugs between 1996 and 2015. In January 2016, JAMA Internal Medicine published a study linking the use of PPIs with a 20-50% increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease. People who took a PPI twice a day had the highest risk.
What is the problem?
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm in Texas. However, our trial lawyers are not currently filing a Nexium class action lawsuit. Many lawsuits have been filed by people who were injured by Nexium, but not as part of a class action. Instead, they are individual lawsuits filed by people with their own lawyer.
Kidney Side Effects of Nexium
About Class Actions
Class actions are useful when a lot of people have the same legal claim against the same defendant — especially when those people are seeking reimbursement or refunds for purchasing a defective product. Any compensation awarded in a class action is divided equally.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action
Class actions are not designed to maximize compensation for individual plaintiffs with the most severe injuries. They are designed to maximize efficiency when a lot of people have relatively minor legal claims.
Our lawyers specialize in filing individual lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies that fail to warn about side effects. We believe there is no excuse for downplaying serious risks like kidney disease, renal failure, and nephropathy.
If you were injured by nephritis after taking Nexium, you could be eligible for compensation for your pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, long-term injuries, lost income, and more. We typically work on contingency-fee, which means you pay nothing up-front and we only get paid when we win.
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