In a recent study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology has indicated that long term usage of drugs to treat acid reflux, heartburn and ulcers may also lead to an increased risk of potential damage to the kidneys.
The study analyzed information obtained from the VA databases and identified 170,000 new users of PPIs, like Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid, and then compared those to some 20,000 new users of histamine H2 receptor blockers, an alternative class of drugs that are used to suppress stomach acid.
The five-year study indicated that 15 percent of people using PPIs were diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, as opposed to 11 percent of those on the H2 receptor blockers. Factors such as age, additional health issues were taken into consideration and those taking the PPI’s had a 28 percent increased risk of developing kidney disease after taking the drugs. This comes after a similar study done by Johns Hopkins University that was published earlier this year in JAMA Internal Medicine.
While neither study proves a cause and effect relationship, the result indicates that therapies which make use of PPI’s should only be undertaken when medically necessary, and should only be taken for the minimum amount of time according to the author of the report, Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly of the Clinical Epidemiology Center at the VA Saint Louis Health Care System.
Dr. Kenneth R. DeVault, said in an interview with CBS News, that while the risk for kidney damage is still relatively low. The study also indicated that some gastroenterologists have shown reluctance in prescribing PPI’s because of problems which include bone fractures and the potential for infections. Dr. DeVault also warns patients that before discontinuing the drug they need to consult with their doctor.
Many people in the United States suffer from gastrointestinal issues such as acid reflux, indigestion, and ulcers. The drugs Prilosec and Nexium have been a popular choice by physicians to help their patients address these issues. As with many drugs, however, there are potential side effects after long-term use. Some of these can be even greater than the original health issues were before taking these drugs.
If you or a loved one has suffered chronic kidney disease, a kidney injury, broken bones or any other serious problem while taking Prilosec or Nexium, call the attorneys at John Foy & Associates. We are experienced at handling medical cases like your and we want to help. You may be eligible for financial compensation that could help in paying your medical bills, pay you lost while being off the job, as well as long-term and ongoing medical treatment. We charge you no money unless we get you a financial recovery. Contact us today at 104-620-34894 to schedule a free consultation about your case.