Nexium is a commonly prescribed proton pump inhibitor that is used to treat stomach acid, gastroesophageal reflux disease, damage to the lining of the esophagus and to reduce stomach ulcers. Several studies, however, have linked the drug to increased risk of kidney failure, chronic kidney disease, bone fractures and heart attacks.
Patients who have experienced these side effects after taking Nexium may be entitled to compensation through a Nexium lawsuit. Contact our experienced team of class action lawyers to discuss your legal options today. We do not charge any upfront fees and do not get paid unless you do.
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Nexium Kidney Dangers
Since the drug was released onto the market in 2001, millions of patients regularly take Nexium and other proton pump inhibitors to treat chronic heartburn and other conditions associated with increased acid in the stomach. Several studies, however, have linked long-term use of the drug to dangerous side effects.
In 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added Acute Interstitial Nephritis to the Nexium warning label after receiving numerous reports of cases linking Nexium to nephritis, or kidney inflammation.
In February 2016, the Journal of the American Medical Association published study results indicating that patients taking Nexium and other similar medications had a 20 to 50 percent increased risk of chronic kidney disease.
The study analyzed data collected from more than 10,000 patients over a 13-year period and found that the longer the drug was taken, the greater the risk. It found that those who took the medication twice-daily were 46 percent more likely to develop chronic kidney disease, and once-daily users had a 15 percent risk.
In April 2016, a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found a 96 percent increased risk of kidney failure and a 26 percent increased risk of chronic kidney disease among long-term users of medications like Nexium.
Another study published in April 2015 in the CMAJ Open found that those studied – 290,000 Canadians over the age of 66 – were 2.5 times more likely to develop acute kidney disease after taking proton pump inhibitors.
If you or someone you love has experienced chronic kidney damage, kidney inflammation or failure, or other kidney complications after taking Nexium, we can help you determine if filing a Nexium lawsuit is right for you. We may be able to help you recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages you have suffered.
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Additional Nexium Side Effects
In addition to kidney damage, Nexium has been linked to a number of other side effects.
A 2006 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people 50 years and older who took proton pump inhibitors like Nexium for more than a year at high doses were 2.65 times more likely to break a hip. The risk of bone fractures increased the longer these medications were taken.
Because of these findings, the FDA added a risk of hip, wrist and spine bone fractures to the Nexium warning label in 2010.
Another safety concern in patients taking Nexium is the increased risk of heart attack. A June 2015 study published in PLOS One journal found a 16 to 21 percent increased risk of heart attack in patients taking proton pump inhibitors.
Because AstraZeneca, the manufacturer of Nexium, failed to warn consumers about these serious dangers, patients may be entitled to compensation through a Nexium lawsuit. Contact our experienced team today to learn more about your legal options.
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Learn More About Filing a Nexium Lawsuit
A number of patients throughout the country have already filed Nexium lawsuits against AstraZeneca seeking compensation for their pain and suffering, medical bills, and other expenses associated with the injuries they suffered after taking this medication.
You too may be entitled to compensation if you have suffered any of these side effects after taking this dangerous drug. You only have a limited amount of time to file a Nexium lawsuit fighting for compensation, so do not hesitate to contact Lynch Law Firm today to get started.
Our attorneys work only on a contingency fee basis and do not charge any upfront costs. We also do not charge any attorney’s fees unless you recover compensation first. Schedule a free, no obligation consultation today.