Nexium / Prilosec Heartburn Drugs
Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) are drugs used to reduce the production of gastric acid in the stomach. When the stomach produces too much gastric acid, it can enter other parts of the body such as the throat and cause irritation, ulcers and other damage. PPI drugs are often prescribed to patients that suffer from conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or erosive esophagitis (EE).
Recent studies show that regular use of PPI drugs, including the drugs below and others are linked to dangerous side effects that can cause severe injuries, and even death.
The use of PPI drugs to treat heartburn and acid reflux are linked to the following adverse reactions:
- Heart Attack
- Kidney Disease
If you or a loved one experienced any of these severe side effects after taking PPI drugs for the treatment of heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease, call The Yost Legal Group at 1-800-YOST-LAW (967-8529).
Evidence Suggests Many PPI Prescriptions are Inappropriate
PPI drugs like Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid have been advertised as safe and effective treatments for heartburn and other gastrointestinal disorders. These drugs are some of the most widely prescribed medications in the United States, generating up to $14 billion in annual sales.
Unfortunately, studies show that patients that use these drugs regularly could be at risk of developing several serious health problems.
January 2016 Study
Additionally, studies about the long-term use of these heartburn drugs have revealed that many patients may have been prescribed PPI drugs unnecessarily. One study published in January of 2016 estimated that 25 to 70 percent of PPI prescriptions may have no appropriate indication for use. This means that many patients may have been needlessly exposed to this dangerous and defective class of drugs.
2015 Study Links PPI Drugs to Severe Side Effects
One of the first serious health problems linked to regular use of PPI drugs was an increased risk of heart attacks. In 2015, a study published by the Public Library of Science found that patients that were exposed to PPI drugs faced a greater risk of suffering heart attacks compared to patients that were not taking these drugs.
A short time later, two separate studies published in February 2016 highlighted the link between use of PPI medications and kidney disease. One of the February 2016 studies also suggested that the longer patients were exposed to PPI drugs, the greater their risk of developing kidney damage.
Most recently, a study published in April 2016 by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that patients over the age of 75 that were regular users of PPI medications had a “significantly increased risk” of developing dementia compared to other people in their age group that were not taking these medications.
Contact The Yost Legal Group for Help
If you think you or a loved one has been harmed after using a Proton-Pump Inhibitor drug such as Prilosec, Nexium, or Prevacid, contact The Yost Legal Group for help. The Yost Legal Group is made up of dedicated, compassionate attorneys that have extensive experience standing up to major drug companies on behalf of our clients.
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