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Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a class of drugs used to relieve heartburn and acid reflux by reducing the amount of acid produced by the stomach. PPIs are marketed under a variety of brand names and relied upon by more than 15 million Americans. However, data shows that patients taking PPIs may face an increased risk of developing severe health issues, including chronic kidney disease, kidney failure, and stomach cancer.
You may be entitled to compensation if you or a loved one developed chronic kidney disease, kidney failure, or stomach cancer after taking a PPI drug, such as:
If you’ve suffered serious complications after taking a proton pump inhibitor for heartburn or acid reflux, our drug injury attorneys want to help protect your rights. Don’t wait to take action—call or contact us online to get started now.
Heartburn Drugs Linked to Chronic Kidney Disease
A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine showed patients who took PPIs once per day have a 15 percent increased risk of chronic kidney disease. In the same study, patients who took PPIs twice per day were 46 percent more likely to develop chronic kidney disease.
The study also showed that patients who took PPIs faced a 39 percent increased risk of chronic kidney disease over patients of similar health who took H2 blockers, another type of drug used to control symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux.
Proton Pump Inhibitors Linked to Risk of Stomach Cancer
Researchers discovered a link between frequent, long-term use of PPIs and an increased risk of developing stomach cancer in a seven-year study of more than 63,000 patients who took PPI drugs. The study also showed that use of PPIs over a span of several years was linked to an up-to-eight-times greater risk of stomach cancer among the patients studied.
The same study concluded that patients who took H2 blockers did not face an increased risk of developing stomach cancer.
Get Help With Your Heartburn Drug Side Effects Lawsuit
If you or someone you love developed chronic kidney disease, experienced kidney failure, or were diagnosed with stomach cancer after taking Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, Losec, Protonix, or Zegerid, you may be entitled to compensation. Our team of attorneys is committed to providing the legal representation you deserve for your injuries. Call or contact us online to get the legal help you need, today.
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