Prilosec Kidney Failure Lawsuit
Long term use of the popular acid reflux and heart burn medication Prilosec has been linked to increased risk of nephritis, chronic kidney disease (CKD), kidney injury & damage, gastric cancer, stomach cancer and kidney failure. This new Prilosec (PPI) study indicated an increase chance of kidney failure of 96% and the risk of chronic kidney disease by 26% to the users of Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid, FDA Prilosec warnings of kidney damage are forthcoming.
Persons injured by heartburn drug Prilosec may need to file Prilosec kidney damage lawsuit. Chronic kidney disease, kidney disease and even kidney failure are among dangerous Prilosec side effects. Talk to a trial Lawyer about filing a Prilosec lawsuit if you or a loved one has been injured by Prilosec. Call and talk to a Board Certified Trial Lawyer - Call 1-800-883-9858
Prilosec, an over-the-counter antacid or heartburn medication that’s been sold by American company Procter & Gamble since it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2003. In the years since then, studies have shown a connection between using proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs such as Prilosec or Nexium and kidney damage, nephritis and chronic kidney disease, which can lead to kidney failure and even death.
If you have taken Prilosec and have been diagnosed with kidney or renal failure, call us at 1-800-883-9858 to discuss a Prilosec lawsuit or claim
Prilosec Drug’s Origins
The Prilosec drug’s origins date to 1989, when active ingredient omeprazole was first sold in America by Britain’s AstraZeneca under the brand name Losec. Omeprazole is an antacid in the category of drugs known as PPIs. In 1990, the FDA asked that the brand name of Losec be altered to Prilosec to stave off confusion with a diuretic called Lasix. In 2001, AstraZeneca’s patent for Prilosec in the United States expired. At that time, AstraZeneca introduced Nexium, with active ingredient esomeprazole, to replace it. Meanwhile other companies introduced generic Prilosec. All such drugs were designed to fight heartburn, acid reflux or indigestion. One of the companies entering the lucrative antacid market was iconic consumer products company Procter & Gamble. In 2003, P&G launched its Prilosec OTC (over the counter) product with a massive marketing campaign believed to have cost $100 million.
By 2005, stocks of Prilosec were in short supply at American retail outlets, with demand outpacing supply. AstraZeneca’s Nexium also sold extremely well, despite the fact that, according to the New York Times, one Nexium pill cost around $4, while one Prilosec pill cost about 70 cents, or less than one-fifth the price of Nexium. Yet the two drugs are considered to be in many ways nearly identical, according to many physicians.
AstraZeneca’s prescription Prilosec and P&G’s Prilosec OTC both feature the same medicine: 20 milligrams of omeprazole. However, persons using Prilosec OTC are not supposed to use it for over two weeks at a time without supervision by their physician. Up until Procter & Gamble launched Prilosec OTC in 2003, Prilosec had been sold in prescription form only. Yet since that time, a potentially harmful if not dangerous drug has been available in drugstores and pharmacies across America for purchase over the counter and without a prescription, and with no assurance that casual buyers will use it appropriately.
Prilosec Side Effects & Complications
Sadly, since Prilosec emerged, both in prescription and over-the-counter form, studies and research have shown many Prilosec complications can lead to serious kidney damage, nephritis and chronic kidney disease resulting in complete kidney failure and the need for dialysis and a kidney transpant if not treated promptly. These side effects can arise, including:
•High blood pressure
•Low blood count, or anemia
•Shortness of breath
•Ankle and feet swelling
•Vomiting and nausea
•Loss of appetite
•Sustained rashes or itching
•Back or abdominal pain
If you or a loved one suffer such symptoms of kidney failure, see a physician immediately. You could be experiencing renal failure due to a defective drug such as Prilosec. Make sure you tell your Doctor that you have been taking these medications.
Medical Studies Show the Kidney Disease Danger from Prilosec Usage
Several studies show the dangers of antacid PPI drugs such as Prilosec. A study published in the American Medical Association’s JAMA Internal Medicine reported that two major studies showed Prilosec and additional PPI drugs have been associated with a raised danger of kidney disease. One of the studies, presented by Dr. Pradeep Arora in 2015, reported that persons using PPI drugs were 50 per cent more apt to develop kidney disease than persons who did not use PPI drugs. This was based on data from over 24,000 people. Another study reported a heightened danger of chronic kidney disease (CKD) by 20 to 50 per cent in more than 10,000 persons studied. Additionally recent medical evidence shows long term Prilosec usage also increases the risks of stomach and gastric cancer from Prilosec
FDA Warnings for Prilosec
After persistent reports of Prilosec side effects, the FDA in late 2015 updated warnings about possible nephritis side effects due to Prilosec usage. The public now also knows that Prilosec can cause sudden kidney inflammation and swelling as a result of an allergic reaction. Around 50 per cent of such victims also develop kidney failure symptoms.
Talk to a Lawyer about a Prilosec Lawsuit
Prilosec users with kidney damage, gastric cancer, stomach cancer and resulting kidney failure can get legal help from the Willis Law Firm for their injuries, losses, pain and suffering, medical costs and present and future loss wages. Call our offices to discuss your legal rights to a Prilosec lawsuit or Prilosec class action lawsuit. Contact us today at 1-800-883-9858