A South Carolina Nexium lawsuit may be an option for people who have suffered complications after taking the acid reflux medication. Millions of people worldwide who suffer from acid reflux disease are prescribed Nexium to treat their symptoms. Regardless of the drug’s extensive use, Nexium has been associated with serious side effects, including chronic kidney disease and acute interstitial nephritis. Affected patients and their families may be eligible to file a lawsuit and pursue compensation for their injuries with the help of a South Carolina Nexium lawsuit attorney.
For more information, contact Attorney Group for South Carolina. 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?
Nexium is a type of proton pump inhibitor (PPI). PPIs are most commonly used to treat:
- Duodenal ulcers
- Symptoms associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and acid reflux disease
- The presence of H. pylori bacteria in the stomach
- Ulcers that develop after taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome
- Gastrointestinal ulcers associated with Crohn’s disease
How Does Nexium Work?
Normally, the stomach makes acid to help aid in digestion, however, some people may experience acid reflux due to a variety of stomach complications. PPIs stop cells in the lining of stomach from producing acid, aiding in the reduction of acid-related symptoms such as ulcers and heartburn.
Nexium Side Effects
Side effects of Nexium include:
- Abdominal pain
Serious side effects that may occur when taking Nexium may include:
- Severe diarrhea caused by an infection in the intestines
- Bone fractures, particularly in the hip, wrist, or spine
- Chronic inflammation of the stomach lining
- Low magnesium levels in the body
- Low vitamin B-12 levels in the body
Nexium and Chronic Kidney Disease
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a mild to moderate condition affecting the kidneys over a long period of time, usually months or years. There are a number of causes of CKD, ranging from diabetes, high blood pressure, and long-term use of some medications.
According to the New York Times, a study which followed over 10,000 people noted that PPIs such as Nexium may increase the risk for kidney disease. The study, published in the JAMA Internal Medicine, found that the use of PPIs for the treatment of conditions related to the stomach and esophagus was linked to a 20 to 50 percent higher risk of CKD.
Nexium and Acute Interstitial Nephritis
Acute interstitial nephritis (AIN) is a condition in which the kidney tubules are inflamed or become swollen. AIN has become an important cause of acute renal failure linked to drug hypersensitivity reactions as a result of the increasing use of antibiotics and other medications that may induce an allergic response in kidney tissues.
According to an article published in The Medical Journal of Australia, Nexium was implicated as the likely causative agent in two case reports involving a man and a women, both in their early sixties. According to the article, kidney function improved after the medication was discontinued, however, one patient was required to receive long-term dialysis.
In May 2016, a Nexium lawsuit was filed in Illinois. The lawsuit claims that AstraZeneca, the makers of Nexium, failed to warn against the negative effects and risks associated with Nexium, including the increased risk of CKD and other kidney injuries.
The lawsuit also alleges that, in omitting, concealing, and inadequately providing critical safety information regarding the use of Nexium in order to induce its purchase and use, the manufacturers engaged in and continue to engage in fraudulent, unlawful, and unfair conduct likely to mislead consumers. Likewise, the lawsuit alleges that AstraZeneca knew or should have known about the correlation between the use of Nexium and the significantly increased risk of CKD and acute kidney injuries.
How a South Carolina 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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