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Proton Pump Inhibitor Medication for Acid Reflux: Risks and Facts

By Keith Stachowiak on November 22, 2016 // Leave a Comment

medication-personal-injury.jpgAffecting almost sixty percent of the adult population nationwide, there’s more to acid reflux and proton pump inhibitor use than you may know. Whether it is brought on by certain foods, activities, pregnancy or even genetics, acid reflux, and the medications prescribed to treat it, such as Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec, can wreak havoc on your body. In some cases, these injuries can lead to a Zantac or Nexium lawsuit.

But what information are you missing?

Our team of Milwaukee personal injury lawyers has the information you should know about medication use for acid reflux and other related diseases. From the disease prevalence to the medication dangers, read on to learn more.

Risks of Prolonged Medication Use

In 2009, a medical study found that being on proton pump inhibitor therapy for 8 weeks induces acid reflux related symptoms in healthy volunteers after withdrawal, creating a dependency on medication use. Medication weaning takes time as well, because the body must slowly adjust to managing acidity levels naturally.

In 2014, some manufacturers changed their labels to include warnings for acute interstitial nephritis, but not for chronic kidney injury or renal impairment.

Medical Studies on Proton Pump Inhibitors

Over the span of approximately 15 years, the sale of PPI has grown astronomically. In fact, many individuals find themselves relying on these medications on a daily basis to help curb the painful symptoms of GERD, and are not aware of some of the medical dangers of prolonged use.

In fact, a recent array of studies have shown some medical dangers associated with prolonged use, including kidney disease, renal impairment and acute interstitial nephritis, to name a few.

  • In 1992, early studies suggested that omeprazole users had an increased risk of acute interstitial nephritis, a sudden onset kidney disease typically resulting in hospitalization.
  • A study by the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology looked at data from VA medical centers, and analyzed the data from almost 200,000 people over a five-year period, confirming earlier data linking medication use to kidney problems.
  • Medical studies also indicate that there is an increase of chronic kidney injury or renal impairment.
  • The studies indicate that the problems are not manufacturer specific, but run across all classes and brands of proton pump inhibitors.

The good news is that if you develop unwanted symptoms, studies show that they disappear once the medication is stopped. In a 1997 study, the authors described two patients on PPI who developed acute interstitial nephritis. They symptoms improved when they stopped taking the drug. However, the study also showed that the disease resumed when the patients began taking the drug again. The authors highlighted the need for caution in prescribing these medications.

Proton Pump Inhibitor Medication Facts

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, often referred to as GERD, affects nearly sixty percent of American adults annually, and twenty percent of adults on a weekly basis. Here are some medication facts:

  • Over-the-counter medications called proton pump inhibitors (PPI) are often prescribed to help reduce symptoms.
  • Common brands names of PPI include: Nexium, Prevacid, Omeprazole and Prilosec.
  • These medications are effective to reduce painful symptoms associated with GERD, acid reflux, dyspepsia, acid peptic disease and certain ulcers.
  • Approximately 15 million Americans use these medications.
  • Proton pump inhibitors are the most commonly prescribed drug in the United States.

 

 

Do you suffer from acid reflux or GERD and have questions about your medication use? Consult with your physician and if you need any legal advice, our team of personal injury lawyers in Milwaukee would be happy to talk with you today.

At Murphy & Prachthauser we practice personal injury law the way it should be practiced – motivated and equipped to do our best for you. We take pride in being good lawyers who help people.

If you have a potential Zantac or Nexium lawsuit that you would like to speak to a lawyer about, please contact us to schedule a free case evaluation and get an experienced team of lawyers working on your behalf.

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