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Popular Heartburn Medications Linked to Kidney Injury

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More than 15 million Americans currently rely on proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs to relieve heartburn and acid reflux caused by excessive acid produced by the stomach. Stomach acid can cause irritation in patients, and PPI drugs aim to reduce production of stomach acid to reduce irritation. PPIs are the most prescribed acid reflux medication today, and common PPI drugs include Nexium®, Prevacid®, Prilosec®, and others.  But what many people don’t know is that taking a PPI has been linked with an increased risk of severe health issues, including chronic kidney disease, kidney damage, acute interstitial nephritis, and renal disease.

While people have been taking PPI drugs for years, new research shows that they can lead to many serious complications including severe kidney disease.  A recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that the use of PPI drugs “was independently associated with a 20% to 50% higher risk of” developing chronic kidney disease. This risk didn’t translate to H2 blockers—another type of medication that, like PPI drugs, is used to relieve heartburn and acid reflux. According to the study, the increased risk for chronic kidney disease “was specific to PPI medications because the use of [H2 Blockers] . . . was not independently associated with” chronic kidney disease.

You may be entitled to compensation if you or someone you love developed chronic kidney disease or experienced kidney failure while taking Nexium®, Prevacid®, Prilosec®, Losec®, Protonix®, or Zegerid®. At Cory Watson Attorneys, our drug injury lawyers are ready to help protect your rights.

You don’t have to let drug companies get away with producing products that cause more harm than good—call (877) 686-8992 or complete our free initial consultation form to get experienced legal help now.

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