Prilosec Lawsuit

Published on August 3, 2015 by Sandy Liebhard

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Prilosec Lawsuit
You may be eligible to file a Prilosec lawsuit if you experienced serious kidney complications, including renal failure or chronic kidney disease, while using this popular heartburn medication. The nationwide law firm at Bernstein Liebhard LLP has launched an  investigation of Prilosec, Prilosec OTC and other proton pump inhibitors, following the publication of new studies that suggest prolonged use of these drugs may seriously damage the kidneys. If you or a loved one were harmed by Prilosec, you could be entitled to compensation for any damages incurred as a result, including:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Permanent disability
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death

As part of the Firm’s investigation, our attorneys are now offering free, no-obligation legal reviews to the alleged victims of Prilosec-related kidney injuries. To learn if you might be qualified to file a Prilosec lawsuit, please call (888) 994-8177 to discuss your case with an attorney today.

Prilosec Complications

Prescription Prilosec (omeprazole) was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 1989. In 2010, the FDA gave AstraZeneca the go ahead to market Prilosec OTC, the over-the-counter version. The prescription brand of the medication is approved to treat both duodenal and gastric ulcers, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), erosive esophagitis, and pathological hypersecretory conditions such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Prilosec OTC is indicated to treat frequent heartburn (more than twice per week), which occurs when the stomach contents back up and out of the stomach into the esophagus.

Prilosec and other proton pump inhibitors, including Nexium and Prevacid, are extremely popular. By some estimates, up to a million people use these medications to control GERD and frequent heartburn. 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. The overprescribing of Prevacid and other proton pump inhibitors is concerning, as these drug are associated with serious side effects, including:

  • Low magnesium levels
  • Low bone mineral density (osteopenia)
  • Fractures of the hip and spine
  • Tetany (muscle spasm)
  • Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
  • Seizures

Prilosec and Kidney Failure

A growing body of research also suggests that the long-term use of Prilosec and other proton pump inhibitor may be associated with serious kidney complications, including renal failure and chronic kidney disease. In 2014, the FDA ordered the manufacturers of Prilosec and similar drugs to add new information to their product labels regarding a potential risk of nephritis, an inflammation of the kidneys that has the potential to cause kidney failure.

In January 2016, a study published in JAMA: Internal Medicine reported that proton pump inhibitors might increase the risk for chronic kidney disease by 20-to-50% compared to another class of heartburn drugs called H2-blockers. In April of the same year, the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology reported that patients who used proton pump inhibitors had a 96% increased risk of developing kidney failure compared to patients who used H2-blockers. The same research also suggested that Prilosec and other proton pump inhibitors increased he risk for chronic kidney disease by 28% compared to the other medications.

Legal Consultations for Alleged Victims of Prilosec Kidney Injuries

If you were diagnosed with chronic kidney disease or kidney failure while using Prilosec, or lost some one you love to cardiac side effects that may be associated with its use, now is the time to consult an attorney. To learn more about filing a Prilosec lawsuit, please call Bernstein Liebhard LLP at (888) 994-8177.

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