An Ohio Nexium lawsuit may be an option for people who suffered complications after using the drug to treat acid reflux disease. Each year, millions of Americans use the prescription drug Nexium to treat symptoms related to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), however, studies show that there is a link between the medication and serious risks affecting the kidneys. Affected patients and their families may be eligible to file an Ohio Nexium lawsuit and recover compensation for their injuries.
For more information, contact Attorney Group for Ohio. 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?
Acid reflux disease is a common condition that affects millions of Americans every year. Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid flows into the esophagus and irritates the lining. Symptoms include heartburn and difficulty swallowing. For many people who suffer from such conditions, medications such as Nexium may be prescribed to help treat complications associated with acid reflux disease.
Along with other drugs in its class known as proton pump inhibitors (PPI), Nexium works by reducing the amount of acid produced in the lining of the stomach. Nexium may be prescribed to help treat a number of conditions including acid reflux disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, and other problems related to excessive stomach acid.
Nexium Side Effects
Common side effects of Nexium include:
- Stomach pain
- Dry mouth
Nexium and Kidney Disease Risks
Along with common side effects and risks associated with Nexium, the drug has been linked to severe kidney complications, including chronic kidney disease (CKD), acute interstitial nephritis (AIN), acute kidney injury (AKI), and kidney failure.
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, more than 20 million Americans may have kidney disease and many more are at risk. According to an article published in February 2016, the use of PPIs such as Nexium may correlate to an increased risk of CKD from 20 to 50 percent.
According to a study published in the journal BMC Nephrology in 2013, a growing body of literature suggest that PPIs may be linked to AKI, which can lead to chronic kidney injury or even kidney failure.
Likewise, in December 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added a warning to the product’s prescription information about the increased risk of AIN in patients taking Nexium. AIN is the inflammation of the areas between the kidney tubules. AIN is commonly due to hypersensitivity reactions to certain drugs, including Nexium.
Other Nexium Risks
Other serious, often dangerous risks associated with the use of Nexium include:
- Symptoms related to low magnesium levels such as unusually fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; persistent muscle spasms; and seizures
- A rare intestinal condition due to Clostridium difficile bacteria
- Symptoms of vitamin B-12 deficiency, including sore tongue, unusual weakness, or numbness or tingling of the hands and feet
- Serious allergic reactions such as rash; difficulty breathing; severe dizziness; and itching or swelling of the face, tongue, or throat
According to a Nexium lawsuit filed in May 2016, hundreds of reports of injury have been submitted to the FDA regarding the use of Nexium. Among those reports, the lawsuit alleges, the maker of Nexium, AstraZeneca, received numerous cased reports of kidney injuries in patients who had taken Nexium as early as 2004.
Despite knowing of the risks associated with Nexium, AstraZeneca failed to take action to inform the plaintiff or the plaintiff’s physicians of the known risks. Rather than take measures to inform their consumers, the drug maker continued to represent that Nexium did not pose any risk of kidney injury.
How an Ohio 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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