Prevacid is a popular heartburn drug that has been linked to severe side effects that can cause kidney failure. The FDA has issued warnings about nephritis (kidney inflammation) and a recent study has found increased risks of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
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UPDATE: Prevacid 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 Prevacid?
Prevacid (lansoprazole) decreased the amount of acid produced in the stomach. It is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as “acid reflux,” a disease in which acid burns the esophagus and causes heartburn.
What is the problem?
Prevacid belongs to a class of drugs called Proton-Pump Inhibitors (PPI). The FDA has issued numerous warnings about side effects like bone fractures, low magnesium, increased risk for infections, and kidney problems. It is not clear why PPIs are associated with kidney disease, but there are several theories. One is that PPI users experience repeated bouts of nephritis (low-level inflammation) that damages the kidneys over time. The FDA has also issued warnings about low magnesium levels, which could also cause kidney damage.
FDA Warning: Prevacid and Nephritis
In December 2014, the FDA updated the label on all PPIs to include stronger warnings about kidney side effects. According to the FDA, patients on Prevacid can develop sudden kidney inflammation due to an allergic reaction at any time during treatment.
This side effect is also known as acute interstitial nephritis, and it causes severe swelling in the kidneys. About 50% of people with nephritis develop symptoms of kidney failure. Symptoms of this condition can include:
- Blood in the urine
- Increased or decreased urine output
- Drowsiness, confusion, coma
- Nausea, vomiting
- Swelling of the body
- Weight-gain from fluid retention
Studies Link Prevacid and Kidney Diseases
People who take PPIs every day are 20-50% more likely to develop Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), according to a study published in January 2016 by JAMA Internal Medicine. Conclusions were based on data from 10,482 people who used PPIs or non-PPI heartburn medications like Zantac, Tagamet, or Pepcid.
The patients were followed up for a median of 13.9 years. Those who took a PPI twice a day had a 46% increased risk of CKD. The researchers cautioned that the study does not prove that PPIs causes kidney disease. However, they suggested that patients on long-term treatment could benefit from kidney function tests.
In April 2015, a study published by Canadian researchers in CMAJ Open found that older adults were 3-times more likely to develop nephritis and 2.4-times more likely to develop kidney injury if they were on long-term treatment with PPIs. The conclusions of the study were based on data from nearly 300,000 adults over 66 years old in Ontario.
Kidney Side Effects
- Kidney failure
- Acute interstitial nephritis
- Renal impairment
- Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
- Kidney inflammation
- And more
Prevacid and Kidney Failure
Nephritis and kidney disease are risk-factors for kidney failure. The kidneys are made of millions of tiny structures called nephrons that clean the blood, remove excess fluid, and make urine. When nephrons are damaged or inflamed, toxins and fluids accumulate in the body and cause health problems. Treatment options for kidney failure involve dialysis or a kidney transplant.
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