A new study done by the Veteran’s Administration shows that using proton pump inhibitors like Nexium could lead to silent kidney disease. The study lasted for five years and followed 125,000 people taking PPIs. They compared them to around 20,000 people taking H2 drugs. It was reported on by the Daily Hornet.
Around 10% of the people taking PPIs developed chronic kidney disease, but less than half of those showed the traditional symptoms of kidney failure. By the time the disease is detected, the patient may be at end-stage renal disease and require transplants or dialysis.
Of the H2 group, 7.7% developed kidney disease and only 1.3% had it progress to a late stage.
Lawsuits against the makers of Nexium and other PPIs have been mounting. Kidney problems are the primary reason why. The makers knew about potential kidney problems back in the 90s, but the FDA didn’t add any warnings until 2014. We believe that the makers were negligent about informing users of the risks and must be punished.
Kidney disease is detrimental to life even when it’s mild. When it is severe, death comes quickly. Dialysis is also no fun and quite expensive. We and our doctors trust that medicines have undergone adequate testing and are aware of the risks. Those who fail to address them must pay.
If you’ve been taking a PPI drug like Nexium and have developed kidney problems, contact the law offices of John Foy & Associates today for a free consultation. You may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive substantial compensation for you or your loved ones. Call today.