A Nexium kidney disease lawsuit may be an option for patients who used the drug to treat acid reflux disease and suffered from serious Nexium side effects, including kidney disease. Affected patients and their families may be eligible to recover compensation with the help of a Nexium lawsuit attorney.
For more information, contact Attorney Group. We offer free, confidential, no obligation consultations. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a case we can connect you with an affiliated Nexium kidney disease lawyer who can assist you throughout the legal process.
What is Nexium and How Does It Work?
Nexium, the brand name for esomerprazole, is a prescription medication indicated for the short-term treatment of erosive esophagitis and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), commonly known as acid reflux disease. Nexium is also used to treat duodenal ulcers caused by H. pylori bacteria, prevent gastric ulcers in people on chronic non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) therapy, and treat gastrointestinal ulcers associated with Crohn’s disease.
Nexium is a type of drug called a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). PPIs work by inhibiting the production of stomach acid, effectively stopping the actions of the gastric proton pump.
Nexium and Kidney Disease
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the gradual loss of kidney function, often showing little to no symptoms until kidney function is significantly impaired. According to the American Society of Nephrology, more than 20 million Americans suffer from CKD.
Symptoms of kidney disease include:
- High blood pressure
- Loss of appetite
- Water-electrolyte imbalance
Other common symptoms may include abnormal heart rhythm, fluid in the lungs, insufficient urine production, itching, swelling, unintentional weight loss, and kidney failure.
According to articles published on CBSNews.com and The New York Times Blog, PPIs such as Nexium may increase the risk for kidney disease. Both articles cite a study conducted between 1996 and 2011 in which over 10,000 people were followed, comparing those who used PPIs to nonusers and to those who used another type of acid reflux medication. Results of the study indicated that the use of PPIs such as Nexium was independently associated with a 20 to 50 percent higher risk of chronic kidney disease.
Nexium Side Effects
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Nexium can cause serious side effects including severe diarrhea and bone fractures.
Other serious side effects of the medication include:
- Chronic inflammation of the stomach lining, or atrophic gastritis
- Vitamin B-12 deficiency
- Low magnesium levels in the body
Common side effects of Nexium include:
- Dry mouth
- Abdominal pain
How a Nexium Kidney Disease Lawsuit Can Help
Drug makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their products, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a drug maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
People injured by the Nexium may be eligible to recover money for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
The families of those who have died may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
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