If you’re one of the tens of millions of Americans who suffers from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) or heartburn, you’ve probably used some form of proton pump inhibitor to treat your symptoms. Proton pump inhibitors work by reducing the amount of gastric acid your stomach produces to digest food. The following are some of the common prescription and over the counter proton pump inhibitors you may have used:
- Dexilant (Dexlansoprazole)
- Nexium (Esomeprazole)
- Prevacid (Lansoprazole)
- Prilosec (Omeprazole)
- Protonix (Pantoprazole)
- Aciphex (Rabeprazole)
But while these medications may be very effective for alleviating the unpleasant symptoms of GERD and chronic heartburn, new studies have linked proton pump inhibitors to a variety of severely harmful side effects, including chronic kidney disease and kidney failure.
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If you have used any of the above mentioned proton pump inhibitors and suffered from chronic kidney disease or kidney failure, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturers of these drugs. But don’t expect any of the large and powerful pharmaceutical corporations who make proton pump inhibitors to just cut you a check because their products have harmed you, they are going to use their deep pockets and skilled attorneys to try to minimize their liability for your injuries. So, to get the settlement you deserve, it is vital that you seek the representation of an aggressive and tenacious attorney. The legal team at the law offices of Farah & Farah has been fighting for the rights of the individual against giant corporations for over 35 years, and will use their wealth of experience in your case. Call (800) 533-3555 today for a free consultation.
Results of a study published in a February 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggested that long term use of proton pump inhibitor medications may increase the risk of developing chronic kidney disease. The study indicated that people who used proton pump inhibitors for a period of 10 years were 20 to 50 percent more likely to develop chronic kidney disease than those that hadn’t used them.
Symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease
The kidneys are vital organs in the human body because they filter waste products out of the blood. If the kidneys stop doing this, or stop doing it efficiently, the waste products can build up in a person’s blood and cause damage to their body. The following are signs of chronic kidney disease, also referred to as renal failure.
- Fluid in the lungs
- Heart failure
- Fluid retention
- High blood pressure
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- Electrolyte imbalance
- Darkening of the skin
- Increased urination
- Nausea and vomiting
- Swelling or numbness of the hands and feet
- Loss of appetite
- Trouble concentrating
- Muscle cramps
If you notice the above mentioned symptoms, arrange to see your physician right away. If your doctor confirms that you are experiencing kidney issues and you’ve been using a proton pump inhibitor, you need to contact a proton pump inhibitor injury lawyer. The attorneys at the law offices of Farah & Farah have been successfully practicing personal injury law since 1979 and consider it their mission to get their clients the settlements they deserve. Call Farah & Farah for a free case evaluation at (800) 533-3555.