Vimovo contains two medications, a pain-reliever and an antacid. Unfortunately, both are associated with a risk of acute interstitial nephritis, a severe type of kidney inflammation can lead to kidney failure.
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What is the problem?
Vimovo is an anti-heartburn drug in the Proton-Pump Inhibitor (PPI) class. All drugs in this class are associated with acute interstitial nephritis, a side effect involving sudden inflammation and severe swelling in the kidneys. Without treatment, it can cause kidney failure.
What Causes Interstitial Nephritis?
Acute interstitial nephritis is almost always caused by bad reactions to medications. When the kidneys are cleaning the blood, an allergic reaction causes inflammation in the interstitial tissue between tubules. This makes it harder for the kidneys to do their job.
Vimovo Label Updated With Nephritis Warnings
Evidence linking PPIs and nephritis has been growing since the 1990s when the first case reports were published. However, the FDA did not update the label on Vimovo or other PPIs until December 2014.
Studies Find 3X Risk of Nephritis
Since those updates, studies have found that patients on PPIs are more likely to develop interstitial nephritis. One recent study published in CMAJ Open found a tripled increased risk of nephritis in older adults.
Both Drugs in Vimovo Linked to Nephritis
Vimovo contains a combination of two medications, both of which are known to cause acute interstitial nephritis. These ingredients include naproxen, a painkiller in the NSAID class, and esomeprazole, a PPI sold alone under the brand-name Nexium.
Symptoms of Interstitial Nephritis
- Urine is cloudy or bloody
- Increased or decreased urination
- Fluid retention
- Nausea, vomiting
- Joint pain
- Pain in the kidneys, pelvis, or abdomen
Treatment for Interstitial Nephritis
The first step in treatment is discontinuing Vimovo, but it usually takes a few weeks before patients are sick enough to visit a doctor and receive a correct diagnosis. By that time, they may have kidney scarring (fibrosis) that permanently decreases kidney function.
The good news is that with treatment, the kidneys can recover from moderate nephritis. In the hospital, patients will usually receive anti-inflammatory corticosteroids and intravenous (IV) fluids, painkillers, and other drugs to control complications like high blood pressure.
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