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The lawsuits involving Nexium state that the manufacturers failed to warn patients and physicians of the increased risks of kidney damage and renal failure.
Plaintiffs lawyers argue that if the manufacturers had properly warned of the risks, patients would have been prescribed a different medication for their acid-related stomach issues, and certainly would have had their health monitored on a more frequent basis for potential signs of kidney disease.
Nexium is a drug called proton pump inhibitors. They are used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, by reducing the amount of acid in a person’s stomach. They also may be prescribed to heal acid-related damage to the lining of the esophagus; to reduce stomach ulcers; and to treat stomach infections.
Approximately 15 million Americans use proton pump inhibitors. However, as many as 25% of long-term users could stop taking the medication without suffering increased heartburn or acid reflux, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
Nexium Injuries & Side Effects
The most serious potential side effects and risks caused through the use of Nexium are bone fractures, kidney disease, renal failure and heart damage. People who take multiple daily doses for a long period of time (a year or longer), especially those 50 years of age or older, have an increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine. Additionally, people who use the drugs appear to have a 20 percent to 50 percent higher risk of chronic kidney disease compared with nonusers.
It’s very important to tell your doctor if you have any of the following issues: (i) kidney disease; (ii) osteoporosis; (iii) low bone mineral density (osteopenia); or (iv) low levels of magnesium in your blood.
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