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Prilosec Lawsuit

The KBA Attorneys law firm wants to help those who have suffered kidney damage due to the use of Prilosec and other proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs. We are currently reviewing cases related to the Prilosec Lawsuit. If you or a loved one have used or are using Prilosec or similar drugs, you may qualify for a Prilosec Lawsuit and could potentially receive compensation.

Studies by multiple researchers have found potential associations with chronic kidney disease, kidney failure, and kidney injury to the heartburn drug Prilosec. According to a study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, patients that use proton pump inhibitor drugs such as Prilosec have about a 20 to 50 percent higher risk of chronic kidney failure. This is hard evidence that shows the adverse effect of these types of drugs on the public. These stomach acid reducers are permanently damaging some long-term users, and the FDA and AstraZeneca (manufacturer of Prilosec) refuse to issue a recall. The attorneys of KBA are fully prepared to handle your case and offer a free case evaluation. Contact us today to get your case reviewed so we can help you find the best options to reach a settlement.

You can reach a settlement to cover damages for:

  • Medical Bills
  • Wages Lost
  • Pain and Suffering

What is Prilosec?

Prilosec is a drug that is considered a proton pump inhibitor used to treat symptoms such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions caused by excess stomach acid. The over-the-counter version of Prilosec and Prilosec OTC claims to effectively treat frequent heartburn for 24 hours with one pill a day for 14 days. The proton pumps in your body are what makes the acid in your stomach that you need to digest food, proton pump inhibitor drugs prevent any acid from moving up the throat.  People sometimes experience an issue where the muscle in between the stomach and esophagus won’t close. If this space isn’t closed, then the hydrochloric acid in your stomach will rise to your throat, causing gastroesophageal reflux and pains within your chest and throat. To avoid these issues, medications such as Prilosec as prescribed to decrease the amount of acid that is created in your stomach by your proton pumps.

Other uses of Prilosec include treatment for:

  • Acid reflux disease
  • Duodenal ulcers
  • Pylori infection
  • Gastric ulcers
  • Esophagus ulcers

History of Prilosec

Prilosec was produced by AstraZeneca in 1989 and was only available as a prescription drug. Later on, in 2003, Prilosec became available as an over-the-counter purchase and was changed to Prilosec OTC. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that long-term use of proton pump inhibitor drugs, such as Prilosec, is related to an increased risk of bone fracture. Surprisingly, AstraZeneca was not made aware of this issue until 2010, and it wasn’t until 2011 that the FDA issued a warning to the public saying that Prilosec could potentially lower levels of magnesium.

In 2016,  two different studies were completed on proton pump inhibitor drugs. The study, published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, concluded that usage of proton pump inhibitor drugs is potentially related to an increased risk for chronic kidney disease. Adding to this evidence of how Prilosec and similar drugs may cause kidney damage, the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found similar results relating a high dose of Prilosec type drugs to severe health issues. Together, the two studies found that PPI users were subject to a higher risk of heart attack, a 20 to 50 percent increased risk of kidney disease and a 44 percent increase in dementia.


Other PPI Drugs: Nexium vs. Prilosec

Nexium and Prilosec are the two most commonly prescribed proton pump inhibitors. The two drugs are manufactured by AstraZeneca and are both available over-the-counter. Both drugs treat issues related to stomach acid and heartburn.

Nexium was created by AstraZeneca in 2003 and made available for over-the-counter purchase in 2014. Both Nexium and Prilosec have faced similar lawsuits and have similarly severe long-term side effects.

A critical lawsuit filed against Prilosec and Nexium was filed in 2015 regarding their warning label. The plaintiff claimed that the warning label on the packages of these PPI drugs does not make it clear to consumers what all of the side effects are. AstraZeneca was sued for illegal marketing because they created a generic version of these drugs to avoid liability and settled for $20 million.


What are the common side effects of Prilosec?

Every pharmaceutical company lists their medication’s common side effects very briefly in commercials or in tiny text on bottles. Before taking medications, patients should be made aware of the adverse effects of a drug. Contrary to popular belief, the drugs that are available for prescription or over-the-counter purchase do not undergo extensive clinical tests. Many side effects, especially the more severe side effects, are not discovered until after they have been in regular use by patients. Before actually acknowledging any health issues related to their drugs, companies such as AstraZeneca will demand pertinent scientific evidence that proves the adverse side effects.

PPI users often report that they experience common side effects such as headaches, nausea, allergic reactions, stomach pain, dizziness, drowsiness, vomiting, diarrhea, gas, constipation, fever, or cold symptoms.

Severe side effects of long-term use of Prilosec include:

  • Kidney failure
  • Heart attack
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Bone Fractures
  • Dementia
  • Acute Interstitial Nephritis

Prilosec Lawsuit for Kidney Disease

Many healthcare professionals prescribe Prilosec and other proton pump inhibitor drugs to help patients experiencing gastroesophageal issues such as frequent heartburn. These healthcare professionals are sometimes blamed when a patient develops severe conditions such as chronic kidney disease, however, often times the doctors who prescribe this medication could possibly have been lied to by the pharmaceutical companies producing Prilosec and similar drugs. The drug information given to doctors and consumers can be extremely misleading or hidden, and this is done on purpose by pharmaceutical companies.

The Prilosec Lawsuit holds AstraZeneca, the pharmaceutical company that manufactures Prilosec, responsible for compensating patients who have experienced pain and suffering, expensive medical bills, and lost wages. AstraZeneca failed to make it widely known to consumers and healthcare professionals of the severe long-term side effects that Prilosec and similar proton pump inhibitor drugs can potentially cause. In the same study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers analyzed patients who developed chronic kidney disease between 2001 and 2008. The results the found showed that about one in four of the patients who reported kidney injury or kidney damage were using Prilosec, Nexium, or some other type of proton pump inhibitor.


Symptoms of Kidney Disease

One of the potentially severe Prilosec side effects is chronic kidney disease. This condition is associated with the kidneys’ gradual loss of functionality over time. After the kidneys have suffered long-term, kidney damage and the waste/toxins stop getting filtered out of the blood, chronic kidney disease will develop.

The symptoms of kidney disease are red flags for your health, and we recommend that you call your doctor as soon as possible to seek professional treatment. We also recommend contacting KBA Attorneys to receive a free case evaluation and find out if you are eligible to get compensation for your pain and suffering. If you or a loved one are experiencing any kidney disease symptoms and have used or are using a proton pump inhibitor, contact us at (855) 281-2571. These symptoms include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Abnormal heartbeats
  • Swollen legs, ankles, or feet
  • Fluid buildup in the lungs
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Nausea & Vomiting

How can KBA Attorneys help?

If you have taken Prilosec, Prilosec OTC, or similar a drug such as Nexium and as a result have experienced any type of kidney damage, kidney injury, or other types of bodily injury, you may be entitled to file a claim. We highly recommend contacting our law firm, KBA Attorneys, to receive a free case evaluation so we can find the best options for your claims.

Call today at (855) 281-2571 or email us at info@kbaattorneys.com to get in touch with a Nexium Lawsuit attorney to review your case.