A Mississippi Nexium lawsuit may be an option for patients who suffered complications after taking the acid reflux medication. Nexium is commonly prescribed to treat acid reflux disease, ulcers, and other complications related to excessive production of stomach acid. Although Nexium, along with other proton pump inhibitors, has been one of the most widely prescribed medications in the United States, the drug has been linked to severe and dangerous risks, including chronic kidney disease and acute interstitial nephritis. Affected patients and their families may be eligible to file a lawsuit and recover compensation for their injuries with the help of a Mississippi Nexium lawsuit attorney.
For more information, contact Attorney Group for Mississippi. 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 lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
What is Nexium and How Does It Work?
Nexium is prescription medication used to treat problems associated with acid reflux disease by reducing the production of stomach acid. Nexium, also known as esomeprazole, belongs to a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPI). PPIs work by reducing the amount of stomach acid produced in the stomach lining. Nexium, along with other PPIs, may also be used to treat other complications associated with too much stomach acid production such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Nexium Side Effects
Common side effects of Nexium include:
- Decreased appetite
- Dry mouth
- Abdominal pain
Nexium and Kidney Disease Risks
In addition to common side effects related to the use of Nexium to treat GERD and ulcers, Nexium has been linked to serious kidney conditions such as acute interstitial nephritis (AIN), chronic kidney disease (CKD), acute kidney injury (AKI), and renal failure.
AIN is a condition in which the areas between the kidney tubules become inflamed or swollen. According to research published in 2013, numerous biopsy-confirmed case reports and retrospective descriptive reports have been published that suggest a relationship between PPI use and AIN.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects the way the kidneys filter the blood in the body. Damage caused by CKD can result in the build-up of wastes in the body and may lead to kidney failure.
Results of a study conducted between 1996 and 2011 note that the use of PPIs, including Nexium, was independently associated with a 20 to 50 percent increased risk of CKD. Likewise, research using data from the Department of Veteran Affairs database compared PPIs with other heartburn medications and concluded that those patients who used Nexium (and other PPIs) could be as much as 28 percent more likely to develop kidney disease.
AKI occurs when the kidneys suddenly stop working. According to an article in the open-access online journal CMAJ Open, researchers analyzed older patients who used PPIs such as Nexium between 2002 and 2011 and indicated that those patients who started PPI therapy had an increased risk of AIN and AKI.
If left untreated, these complications can lead to more severe kidney problems such as renal or kidney failure. Renal failure can happen suddenly or over a long period of time. Kidney dialysis or kidney transplant are the only treatment options available for renal failure.
A Nexium lawsuit filed in May 2016 alleges that the manufacturers of the medication, AstraZeneca, failed to adequately warn against the negative effects and risks associated with Nexium, including numerous kidney injuries. The lawsuit further alleges that the manufacturers knew or should have known about the correlation between the use of Nexium and the increased risk of CKD and AKI.
The lawsuit claims that, as a result of the defective condition of Nexium and misconduct on behalf of the manufacturer, the plaintiff suffered and will continue to suffer emotional and mental distress from the fear of knowing that there is an increased likelihood of severe risks such as CKD and AKI.
How a Mississippi Nexium 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 bad drugs 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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