Although there has not been a Nexium recall, lawsuits claim that the maker of the drug failed to disclose known side effects and risks, including chronic kidney disease. Failure to warn patients of potential side effects can be a basis of drug company liability, regardless of whether a drug has been recalled. Affected patients and their families may be eligible to file a lawsuit with the help of a bad drug attorney.
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What is Nexium?
Nexium, also known as esomeprazole, is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and lower the risk of bleeding after endoscopy in patients who have ulcers. Nexium belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPI) and work by inhibiting the production of acid in the stomach. Other common PPIs include Dexilant, Prevacid, Prilosec, Protonix, and AcipHex. Nexium typically requires a prescription, however, an over-the-counter version was released in 2012.
Nexium Side Effects
Common side effects associated with PPIs such as Nexium include:
- Abdominal pain
- Dry mouth
In addition to common side effects and allergic reactions associated with the use of Nexium for the treatment of heartburn and acid reflux, there are other serious complications that are reportedly linked to the use of the drug.
Those risks include:
- Acute Interstitial Nephritis (AIN): Also known as tubulo-interstitial nephritis, AIN is a form of nephritis (kidney inflammation) that affects the interstitium (fluid that surrounds tissue cells) in the kidneys surrounding the tubules. If left untreated, AIN can eventually lead to kidney failure.
- Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD): Also known as chronic renal disease, CKD is a progressive loss in kidney function over a long period of time, typically months or even years. Symptoms of the disease are not specific, however, CKD may lead to a number of other complications such as high blood pressure, anemia, weak bones, poor nutritional health, and nerve damage. If kidney disease progresses and is left untreated, it may eventually lead to kidney failure, which may require dialysis or a kidney transplant.
- Acute Kidney Injury (AKI): Also known as acute renal failure, AKI is a complex disorder marked by an abrupt loss of kidney function, usually developing within seven days. There are a number of causes of AKI. Most commonly, AKI is caused by decreased renal blood flow, exposure to harmful substances in the kidneys, an inflammatory process in the kidneys, or an obstruction of the urinary tract.
- Renal or Kidney Failure: Renal failure is a medical condition in which the kidneys fail to adequately filter waste products from the blood. Renal failure is detected by a decrease in or absence of urine production or determination of waste products. Renal failure may lead to increased fluid in the body, increased acid levels, raised levels of potassium and phosphate, decreased levels of calcium, and anemia in later stages.
Has There Been a Nexium Recall?
As of May 2016, there has not been a recall of Nexium due to the alleged risks associated with the heartburn medication. However, in 2015, a voluntary Class II recall of almost 35,000 bottles of Nexium was initiated due to the presence of an antipsychotic medication known as Seroquel XR in an unopened bottle of Nexium. According to the FDA, a Class II recall is a situation in which use of or exposure to a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.
How a Nexium Recall Lawyer 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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