Nexium Kidney Failure

Published on April 26, 2016 by Sandy Liebhard

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Nexium Kidney Failure
Millions people rely on Nexium and other proton pump inhibitors to relieve heart burn and the symptoms of GERD. While these drugs have long been considered safe, recent studies have linked the regular, long-term use of Nexium to kidney failure and other serious kidney complications.

The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is now investigating legal claims on behalf of patients who may have suffered Nexium-related kidney disease. Please contact our Firm today if you took Nexium and were diagnosed with any of the following health issues:

  • Nephritis (kidney inflammation)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Renal (kidney) failure

You can arrange for a free, no-obligation review of your case by calling .

Nexium and Chronic Kidney Disease

According to a study published by JAMA: Internal Medicine in January 2016, patients who take Nexium may be more likely to develop chronic kidney disease compared to those who use other heartburn drugs, like Zantac, Tagamet, and Pepcid. The study analyzed the medical records of more than 10,000 people, all of whom were followed for nearly a decade. The findings suggested that twice-daily use of Nexium increases the risk for chronic kidney disease by 46%. Once daily use was associated with a 15% increased risk. Read More

Chronic kidney disease is a serious disorder that can ultimately lead to kidney failure. The condition is marked by the gradual loss of renal function over time. Complications associated with chronic kidney disease include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Anemia (low blood count)
  • Weak bones
  • Poor nutritional health
  • Nerve damage
  • Heart and blood vessel disease

As kidney disease progresses, patients may eventually develop kidney failure, which may require dialysis or kidney transplant

Nexium and Kidney Failure

In April 2016, a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology linked the use of Nexium and other proton pump inhibitors to a 96% increased risk of kidney failure and a 26% increased risk of chronic kidney disease. The authors of the report looked at 5 years of data on nearly 200,000 veterans, and discovered that 15% of proton pump inhibitor users had developed kidney disease  vs. 11% of those using another class of heartburn drugs.

Kidney failure, which may also be referred to as end stage kidney disease, occurs when the kidneys are no longer able to filter waste from the body.  Patients who develop kidney failure may experience:

  • Itching
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Not feeling hungry
  • Swelling in your feet and ankles
  • Too much urine (pee) or not enough urine
  • Trouble catching your breath
  • Trouble sleeping

Symptoms of sudden, or acute, kidney failure include:

  • Abdominal (belly) pain
  • Back pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Nosebleeds
  • Rash
  • Vomiting

There is no cure for kidney failure, but patients with end stage renal disease can live long lives with dialysis treatment or kidney transplant.

Nexium and Nephritis

In 2014, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) added new warnings to the Nexium label regarding a dangerous inflammation of the kidneys called acute interstitial nephritis. This condition can occur suddenly in patients who use Nexium, and may result in kidney failure if not treated. Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Changes in urine output
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Rash
  • Swelling
  • Blood in the urine
  • Weight-gain due to retention of fluids

Do I Have a Nexium Lawsuit?

Nexium users who were diagnosed with kidney failure or other kidney diseases may be entitled to compensation for their injury-related damages, including medical bills and lost wages. To determine if you are eligible to file a Nexium kidney failure lawsuit, please call .

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