Omeprazole Leaves Consumers With Scary Kidney Side Effects

Drug Injury

It is estimated that 20 percent of Americans suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease, a more chronic form of heartburn. The condition presents itself as chronic heartburn that is unrelenting and present after almost every meal. This feeling of fire and pain under one’s breastbone as well as in the lower esophagus can not only negatively impact one’s quality and enjoyment of life, but it can also predispose sufferers to certain cancers such as Barrett’s Esophagus and gastric cancer, as well as chronic, bleeding ulcers, indigestion and food malabsorption.

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The History of Proton Pump Inhibitors

Proton pump inhibitors have a long history harking back to the late 70’s. Scientists, studying the mechanism of digestion, observed that the proton pump mechanism was the last stage in acid secretion. They then decided to carry out animal studies to find out what would happen if they stopped these pumps from secreting certain chemicals to set off acid production. This led to the discovery of Omeprazole and its subsequent launch in 1988 worldwide.

How Does Nexium Work?

Proton pump inhibitors go to work moments after they are ingested. These medications release specialized molecules that block in a lock and key manner acid-secreting receptors found in the stomach wall. Nexium can work for up to 48 hours, keeping the gastric pouch free of acid and providing much-needed relief to individuals who suffer from intractable GERD on a daily basis. While Nexium can be bought over the counter, it was prescribed under a doctor’s supervision for many years owing to the potency of this medication, and is still prescribed for cases where long-term PPI use is advised.

When Should I Take Nexium?

Nexium, also known as the Purple Pill, has been heavily marketed as the go-to medication for GERD, gas, ulcers and h pylori infestation. Other drugs in this class include PrevAcid, Prilosec and Protonix. They are meant to be taken with or without food, and they are not supposed to be crushed in one’s mouth since their effectiveness only begins when they hit the gastric pouch.

Nexium and Kidney Function

Proton pump inhibitors are excreted via one’s kidneys which is responsible for filtering out poisons and medication metabolites from the blood. Over time, proton pump inhibitors place an incredible amount of strain on kidney function as these bean-shaped organs fight hard to excrete large drug metabolite molecules.

Kidney Injury and Proton Pump Inhibitors

Over time, this overwork leads to kidney nephritis, or pain and inflammation in various kidney structures such as the glomeruli, small tubules found in the kidneys. If left unchecked, nephritis paves way for stage 1 kidney disease which is characterized by elevated protein or creatinine levels in one’s urine, flank pain, swelling of the feet, face and arms as well as bladder or groin pain.

Kidney disease takes time to develop. At the same time, it is inconspicuous and is missed by the hundreds of thousands who suffer from it. This is because sufferers show absolutely no symptoms until it is too late or when the damage has already been done.

Elevated Creatinine Levels While Taking Proton Pump Inhibitors

Nexium, Prilosec and PrevAcid cause similar kidney-damaging effects, and it is important to have your creatinine and kidney function tests done a few times a year if you’re on proton pump inhibitors long-term to ensure that everything is within the normal range.

Chronic kidney disease can progress over time, and it can lead to an individual needing dialysis due to diminished kidney function. While it is possible to live a full life with dialysis a few times a week, one will need to make changes to their lifestyle to accommodate their emerging health needs.

Failure to Warn and Drug Injury Lawsuits in Illinois

Companies are required by the law to inform consumers about the risks of taking their medications. In addition, they are obligated to place black box warnings on problematic medications so consumers can make informed decisions regarding whether or not they would like to take said medications. They are also required to let consumers know about adverse effects that may have been captured by new studies in a timely manner so that people can stop taking their medications under their doctor’s care and switch to something with a lower side effect profile.

Failure to warn is a negligent action according to personal injury law and is punishable via litigation. The aim is to make sure that any affected consumers are compensated for any injuries they may have sustained so they can retain a certain quality of life going forward. In addition, these kinds of lawsuits deter other pharmaceutical companies from obscuring medication safety data, as well as help change legislation on proper practices in drug development and medical marketing.

Nexium Lawsuits Help in Chicago, Illinois

If you’ve been hurt by proton pump inhibitors, McCready Law is here to help. Please call our law firm today on (773) 673-9861 if you’d like to speak with an attorney who handles Nexium kidney injury lawsuits in Chicago. These cases have a very short time window within which one must file a claim in order to not get locked out of filing, so the time to act is NOW.

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