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Kidney Problems May be Caused by Nexium and Prilosec

Defective Drugs / June 10, 2016

Severe Kidney Problems Linked to Prilosec and Nexium

Nexium and Prilosec are used to treat conditions such as chronic heartburn. Both Nexium and Prilosec have topped the nationwide sales charts over the last 20 years. Consumers can obtain Nexium and Prilosec by prescription or by simply buying it over-the-counter. The FDA approved Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), like Nexium and Prilosec, for use up to four weeks at a time. However, many people have taken Prilosec or Nexium every day for decades. Extended use of Prilosec and Nexium can cause severe kidney problems, such as Acute Interstitial Nephritis (AIN).

Study Linking Prilosec and Nexium to Severe Kidney Problems

Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly is a kidney specialist and researcher on a current study regarding PPI use and kidney problems. Dr. Al-Aly found that PPI users were more likely than people on other heartburn medications to develop kidney problems, such as chronic kidney disease or kidney failure. Dr. Al-Aly recommends only using Prilosec or Nexium when absolutely necessary and for the shortest time possible.

The study revealed chronic kidney disease in 15% of PPI users, opposed to 11% in those who took another heartburn medication. Even more alarming, the study noted end-stage kidney failure rates were twice as high among PPI users. More studies are underway to evaluate the risk of kidney problems caused by Nexium and Prilosec. Previous studies have linked Prilosec and Nexium use with Acute Interstitial Nephritis and Acute Kidney Injury. Prolonged use of PPIs may also worsen heartburn or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), making it harder for users to stop using the drug.

Profits Prevent Warning on Kidney Problems

AstraZeneca, the manufacturer of Nexium and Prilosec, has made $80-$100 billion dollars in revenue in the past twelve years. The company modified their formula to maintain a longer patent and make versions of the drug that wouldn’t be available as a generic. The company created Nexium when Prilosec went generic. The company then made Nexium 24hr when regular Nexium went generic. Never did the company warn of the potential severe kidney problems associated with their drugs.

Have Your Suffered Kidney Problems After Taking Nexium or Prilosec?

The Hollis Law Firm is now reviewing claims for people who have taken Nexium or Prilosec and suffered kidney problems. The manufacturers of these drugs made billions while consumers have been suffering life-threatening complications. All claim reviews are free of charge, you’ll never owe any money unless we win your case. Any information shared with our firm is confidential and risk free. Call us at (800) 701-3672 for a Prilosec or Nexium lawsuit review.