Long-term users of Prilosec may face an increased risk for renal (kidney) failure and chronic kidney disease. Recent studies indicate that Prilosec and other proton pump inhibitors should only be used when absolutely necessary, and for the shortest duration possible.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is investigating the possible link between Prilosec and kidney complications. If you were diagnosed with kidney failure or chronic kidney disease while using this or another proton pump inhibitor, please call to ensure that your legal rights are protected.
Prilosec (omeprazole) has been available as a prescription medication since 1989, and was the first proton pump inhibitor to obtain approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Later the FDA approved Prilosec OTC for over-the-counter sales.
Prilosec and other proton pump inhibitors are now used by millions of people to control symptoms associated with GERD and heartburn. Those who rely on these drugs generally consider them to be perfectly safe, and rarely worry about their side effects. But in recent years, proton pump inhibitors have been linked to a number of potential complications, including certain types of bone fractures and low magnesium levels. Research also suggests that patients who take these medications may experience serious kidney complications which could potentially lead to dialysis, need for a transplant or even death.
In December 2014, the FDA required that information about acute interstitial nephritis be added to the “Warnings and Precautions” section of all proton pump inhibitor labels. This potentially dangerous condition results from an inflammation of the kidneys. If Prilosec is not discontinued, nephritis it can lead to more severe and chronic kidney damage. In fact, it is estimated that about 1-3% of all cases of kidney failure are caused by nephritis.
According to research recently published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, long-term use of proton pump inhibitors may be associated with a 96% increased risk for kidney failure when compared to another class of heat burn drugs called H2 blockers. The same study also found that patients who use proton pump inhibitors were 26% more likely to develop kidney disease.
The 2016 study drew data from 200,000 U.S. veterans who were followed for five years. People who used proton pump inhibitors for 1-2 years were three times more likely to develop kidney failure compared to those who took the drugs for a month or less. Though renal failure was only reported in 0.2% of people in the study, it was nearly twice as common in those who used drugs like Prilosec.
Earlier that year, a paper published in JAMA: Internal Medicine suggested that twice-daily use of Prilosec and other proton pump inhibitors increased the risk for chronic kidney disease by 46%. Daily use of a proton pump inhibitor was associated with a 15% increased risk. Read More
You may qualify to file a Prilosec lawsuit if you or a loved one experienced any serious renal complications following long-term use of Prilosec, including:
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