Proton pump inhibitors are used to treat a number of maladies, including Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD or acid reflux), indigestion, heartburn, and peptic ulcers. They work by limiting the amount of gastric acid produced in the stomach, thus alleviating the irritation too much of it can cause. Proton pump inhibitor medications have become one of the most commonly prescribed classes of drugs in the industrialized world, raking in billions of dollars every year for the pharmaceutical industry. But what do we really know about these drugs and how safe are they?
Types of Proton Pump Inhibitors
There are many proton pump inhibitors available and they all work in the same fashion, though some require a prescription and some are available over the counter. Prescribed proton pump inhibitors include the following:
- Dexilant (Dexlansoprazole)
- Nexium (Esomeprazole)
- Protonix (Pantoprazole)
- Aciphex (Rabeprazole)
Over the counter proton pump inhibitors include:
- Prevacid (Lansoprazole)
- Prilosec, Losec, Omesec (Omeprazole)
- Zegerid (Omeprazole with sodium bicarbonate)
While proton pump inhibitors have proven to be very affective at treating GERD and other gastric acid related symptoms, some serious side effects have also been reported. If you have used proton pump inhibitors and suffered any side effects, you may be entitled to compensation from that medication’s manufacturer. To find out more about your legal rights and options, you’ll need to speak to a proton pump inhibitor injury attorney. The legal team at the law offices of Farah & Farah considers it their mission to represent victims who have suffered injury from the side effects of medications. Call them today at (800) 533-3555 for a free consultation.
Dangers Associated with Proton Pump Inhibitors
While initially considered safe, the results of several recent studies have brought up concerns about both the long term and short term side effects of taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).
PPIs change the environment of the gut: Altering the acidity of the gut is dangerous because stomach acids are vital to our health. They allow us to digest the food we eat so our bodies can absorb nutrients. Gastric acids also protect us from harmful pathogens and bacteria like Enterococcus, Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, E. coli, and salmonella.
PPIs increase the risk of cardiovascular illness: Several studies have shown PPI users to have a significantly greater risk of heart attack than those not taking them. PPIs also reduce production of nitric oxide, a vital chemical compound that promotes the dilation of blood vessels and improves blood circulation.
PPIs can harm the kidneys: A recent study has shown that PPI users were 28 percent more likely to develop chronic kidney disease and 96 percent more likely to suffer kidney failure.
PPIs impair cognitive function: A study published in 2016 found that people regularly treated with PPIs had a 44 percent increased risk of dementia. This may be because communication between brain cells requires the action of proton pumps.
PPIs have been linked to birth defects: Studies have shown that women who took PPIs during the first trimester of their pregnancy had an increased risk of giving birth to a child with heart defects.
Get Quality Legal Representation from a Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawyer
If you or a loved one have used proton pump inhibitors and suffered any adverse side effects, compensation may be available. But, pharmaceutical corporations retain high priced attorneys to keep them from having to pay the innocent people they’ve caused injury. Therefore, it is vital that you have quality legal representation if you want to get the settlement you deserve. The attorneys at Farah & Farah will see that you get the most compensation possible in your claim, and there are no upfront fees. Call (800) 533-3555 today for a free case evaluation.