A helpful medication to fight acid reflux, Nexium can come along with severe bone deterioration when it is used for a prolonged amount of time. The FDA has issued warnings and one woman is currently suing Astra Zeneca for fractures she suffered while taking the medication.
A leading option for treatment of acid reflux disease, Nexium is manufactured and distributed by Astra Zeneca and has been on the market since the late nineties. The medication is also used to treat such conditions as peptic ulcer disease, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), Zollinger Ellison Syndrome and dyspepsia. The medication is available by prescription only in a tablet form. Nexium has proven to be very efficient in fighting these syndromes, but that does not mean that the medication’s side effects do not outweigh the good things. In fact, after a study was published in 2006, signs that the medication has severe side effects have come into light. In fact, the signs have been severe enough to garner several civil lawsuits.
In March of 2011, the problems involved with Nexium finally garnered the attention of the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA released a safety alert surrounding Nexium and then the FDA mandated that the medication always include safety warnings with the prescriptions. This type of warning is to be included on packaging and on the medication instruction inserts.
The side effects of Nexium are generally minor save one. It has been found, thanks to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, that prolonged use of the medication will lead to weakening of the hip bone as well as bone deterioration of the bones throughout the body. This seems most prevalent in male patients over the age of 50, but it can affect anyone who uses Nexium on a prolonged basis. Several patients have experienced hip fractures due to their Nexium medication.
While Astra Zeneca still hold on to the claim that the hip fractures are coincidental, it has not changed the fact that the FDA saw it as a serious enough condition that warnings are required. The first lawsuit against Astra Zeneca was filed in early 2011 and it involved a 58-year-old woman who broke three bones in her ankle when her fibula snapped for no other apparent reason. The lawsuit is currently in litigation. It is expected that more patients will be taking part in a lawsuit throughout the year.
If you have been taking Nexium for a prolonged amount of time, then you could be at risk and you may already have bone deterioration. It is vital that you seek medical attention. Call John Foy today, at 404 879-7518 to get the compensation you deserve.