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Risks of Nexium/Prilosec
Heartburn is a common ailment in our society. Caused by acid refluxing into the esophagus, this condition is unpleasant at best and downright painful at worst. That said, it is often a relief to know that we can purchase a variety of over-the-counter acid reflux medications at the nearest pharmacy, almost any time of the day or night. Most of us see acid reflux medicines, also known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), as a solution since these products reduce gastric production, which alleviates the pain of heartburn.
A recent study on these very popular drugs has identified new safety concerns
PPIs May Be Linked to Kidney Damage
Early this year, the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JAMA) published a study that showed a possible link between PPIs and kidney damage. Another recent study, authored by Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly of the Clinical Epidemiology Center at the VA Saint Louis Health Care System, revealed similar results. Over five years, use of PPIs showed a 28% increase in the risk for developing kidney disease.
It is important to note that, as the above study was conducted at a veteran’s hospital, the sample size was, on average, older and more prone to most diseases than the average, healthy individual. That said, the findings should not be dismissed, especially when combined with the JAMA study released earlier.
An average of 15 million Americans are prescribed PPIs every year -- a figure that does not include the number of people purchasing the medication over-the-counter. The results serve as an important reminder that patients should discuss with a doctor whether PPI drugs should be taken only as-needed rather than for extended periods of time.
Talk to Your Doctor
As with any change in your medications, it is important to discuss your concerns and the possible health risks of stopping or continuing a medication with your doctor. You should work with your physician to formulate a plan that works best for your long-term health and well-being.
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If you believe that you have developed serious kidney damage as a result of long-term PPI usage, we are here to help. Our team of Tampa medical malpractice lawyers has experience with PPI claims and is ready to guide you through the legal process.