Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuit
PPI Heartburn Medication
If you or a loved one suffered injuries resulting from heartburn medications, you may be eligible for compensation for those injuries. A heartburn medication lawyer from TorHoerman Law is available to discuss your potential H2 / proton pump inhibitor lawsuit / PPI gastric cancer lawsuit, no-obligation, and free of charge. Talk to a proton pump inhibitor lawyer about your legal options today.
Proton Pump Inhibitors | Popular Treatment with Serious Risk
Medications prescribed to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or heartburn, are incredibly common, and many Americans are taking some sort of medication to prevent and treat the condition.
The two most common types of heartburn medication are proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and H2 receptor antagonists, known as H2 blockers.
PPIs include prescriptions such as Nexium (esomeprazole), Prevacid (lansoprazole) and Prilosec (omeprazole). H2 blockers include Pepcid (famotidine) and Zantac (ranitidine). Both are approved for over-the-counter and prescription usage.
Heartburn medications are designed to soothe the digestive tract and relieve indigestion by neutralizing stomach acids and reducing the amount of acid produced by the stomach.
Currently, more than 15 million Americans use PPI medications, which have been in use since 1981. Consumer Reports cited data from IMS Health that the market for PPI medications was $9.5 billion in 2012.
Unfortunately, PPIs have been linked to an abundance of health issues, including kidney problems.
According to TIME magazine, scientists found “PPI users had a 15% higher risk of early death compared to non-PPI users and a 23% higher risk of dying during the study than people who didn’t rely on any heartburn relief drugs at all.”
A study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology studied the effects of PPI medications versus H2 inhibitor medications. Researchers found that those taking PPI heartburn medications were 98% more likely to develop kidney failure and 28% more likely to develop chronic kidney disease than those who had used H2 inhibitors.
What is a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI)?
A proton pump inhibitor (PPI) is a type of medicine that reduces acid levels in the lining of the stomach. It’s most commonly used to treat stomach ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), conditions that are caused or exacerbated by excessive stomach acid. They’re also used to treat erosive esophagitis where inflammation damages the esophagus over time. PPIs exist in the form of tablets and capsules. These drugs are among the most widely prescribed in the world, despite there being just six brands that make them. Unfortunately, cases of kidney failure and other severe injuries have recently been linked to the victims’ use of PPIs.
If you’ve suffered an injury after taking a proton pump inhibitor, contact a proton pump inhibitor PPI lawyer as soon as possible to see if you’re eligible for compensation through a PPI lawsuit.
What are Proton Pump Inhibitors used for?
PPIs are used to treat illnesses of the stomach and esophagus. Most PPI prescriptions are for acid reflux, indigestion, ulcers, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. PPIs work by blocking the main enzyme that is made in the production of stomach acid, effectively limiting the amount of stomach acid in the body.
Not all PPIs require a prescription. The dosage varies with each patient, some taking the drug daily and others taking it on an as-needed basis. The risk of harmful kidney injuries appears to increase with higher doses.
PPI Side Effects
Proton Pump Inhibitor Side EffectsThe side effects of PPIs have been well-documented since the first PPI came to market in 1989.
- Stomach pain
- Rapid breathing
- Dry mouth
If you encounter any adverse effects from taking a PPI, talk to your doctor right away.
Adjusting your dosage could prevent serious illness. Don’t stop taking a PPI without your doctor’s approval. If you think you’ve been injured as a result of your PPI dosage, call a proton pump inhibitor PPI lawyer.
Proton Pump Inhibitor Risks & Injuries
Severe and even fatal injuries caused by PPIs have become apparent in recent years.
PPIs are believed to put users at a higher risk of the following:
- Colon infection
- A weakness of the bones, leading to fractures
- Impaired liver function
- Allergic reactions
- Kidney disease
- Heart disease
- Cancer in the stomach and esophagus
Attorneys nationwide are investigating these dangerous side effects in order to compensate the victims. If you’ve experienced any of the injuries listed, call a PPI lawyer soon.
Proton Pump Inhibitor Kidney Damage
PPI Kidney DiseaseKidney disease is one of the main injuries being attributed to proton pump inhibitors.
A 2017 study found patients who regularly take PPIs are 95% more likely to suffer kidney disease. Kidney disease, also known as kidney failure, is a chronic decline in the kidney’s ability to function. The organ acts as a sort of filter for waste and fluids moving through the body. When a kidney doesn’t work, certain wastes build up in the body, eventually leading to death without proper treatment.
Researchers suspected PPIs to be injuring the kidneys in 2016 or even earlier.
There are many signs your kidneys could be failing: high blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, sleep problems, trouble urinating, chest pain, fatigue, or swelling of the feet. Many of the symptoms could be indicative of a much different diagnosis, so it’s best to see a doctor for the most accurate assessment. Serious kidney issues can lead to kidney removal or transplant surgery.
Proton Pump Inhibitor Broken Bones
Weak bones are a precursor to fractures, particularly in the hip, wrist, and spine. The first study to connect PPIs to higher rates of broken bones came out in 2006. The study concluded that proton pump inhibitors are associated with osteoporosis and diminished bone density. Scientists believe that PPIs inhibit the body’s ability to create and maintain adequate calcium levels, affecting bone density, and leading to increased risk of fracture.
Contact your doctor if you’ve noticed a change in your bone strength since taking a PPI. If you’ve already broken a bone, you should contact a proton pump inhibitor PPI lawyer to discuss filing a PPI lawsuit. Contact a PPI lawyer to see if your injuries qualify you to participate in a PPI lawsuit.
Proton Pump Inhibitor Gastric Cancer
Studies show that patients who are prescribed PPIs are at a higher risk of developing certain kidney and stomach injuries, including gastric cancer. The most susceptible group is those with underlying issues.
Contact your doctor right away if notice any incomfortabily or changes in your stomach or abdominal area, or if you show any signs of gastric cancer. If you have been diagnosed with gastric cancer, contact a PPI gastric cancer lawyerright away. You may be eligible to participate in a PPI gastric cancer lawsuit.
Types of PPI Medication
Proton pump inhibitors are sold as capsules and tablets.
Below are the primary brand names and manufacturers of PPIs.
- Prilosec (AstraZeneca)
- Nexium (AstraZeneca)
- Prevacid (Takeda Pharmaceuticals)
- Dexilant (Takeda Pharmaceuticals)
- Protonix (Pfizer)
- Aciphex (Eisai)
If you’ve been injured after taking any of these drugs, a PPI lawsuit may benefit you and other victims.
Nexium Cancer: Injuries and Side Effects
Nexium is one of the highest-selling PPIs. Nexium users are coming forward with life-threatening injuries. Nexium injuries include the following:
- Acute kidney injury
- Stomach cancer (gastric cancer)
- Heart disease and heart failure
- Reduced bone density, leading to fractures
- Interstitial nephritis
Here are the milder side effects of Nexium:
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
- Dry mouth
Be sure to speak with your doctor if you begin to see side effects. Side effects may indicate that a more serious injury is developing.
Prilosec Cancer: Injuries and Side Effects
Prilosec, another drug suspected of causing PPI gastric cancer, is being investigated for causing injuries. In addition to the injuries and side effects associated with Nexium, the following maladies may be attributed to Prilosec:
- Vitamin B deficiency
- Magnesium deficiency
- Difficulty breathing
- Blurred vision
Some symptoms may be a sign of a Prilosec overdose which can be fatal. Filing a PPI gastric cancer lawsuit can benefit you and the other victims of PPI injuries.
Other Heartburn Medication Lawsuits
H2 blocker lawsuits are also being filed on behalf of individuals who have prescribed H2 blocker heartburn medication and suffered injuries as a result. If you or a loved one suffered injuries resulting from an H2 blocker, contact a Zantac lawyer from TorHoerman Law today.
Do I Qualify for a Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuit?
Attorneys are currently beginning the process of filing PPI lawsuits on behalf of individuals who have suffered injuries resulting from their PPI medication.
If you or someone you know has been injured from PPIs, you could be eligible for financial compensation to cover the losses that you incurred as a result of your injuries.
To determine whether you’re eligible for a PPI lawsuit, contact a PPI lawyer at 1-888-508-6752 or get an instant case evaluation, free of charge, using our bot below. TorHoerman Law offers free, no-obligation case consultations for all potential proton pump inhibitor PPI lawsuit clients.
Contact us today to talk directly with a member of our PPI lawsuit team.
Filing a Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuit
First, you should contact a PPI injury law firm or talk to a proton pump inhibitor lawyer about your situation. After determining your eligibility, your next step is to hire a personal injury lawyer to represent you as your proton pump inhibitor PPI lawyer.
Next, you should familiarize yourself with the civil lawsuit process, so that you know what to expect of your PPI injury lawsuit.
Your PPI lawyer will work to gather all information pertaining to your case. Gathering evidence to support your claim is crucial to the success of your PPI lawsuit.
Your PPI lawyer will also help you to calculate damages that you incurred as a result of your injuries. In many bad drug lawsuits, the plaintiff will make a demand for both punitive damages and compensatory damages.
After determining liability, which will likely fall on the manufacturer of the PPI that you were prescribed, you will make a demand for compensation to cover your damages. You will either receive compensation through a pretrial settlement, or you will go to trial and attempt to receive compensation via settlement or verdict.
Hiring a Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawyer
The legal battle against PPI manufacturers will require the most qualified personal injury attorneys. A personal injury attorney can gather evidence, assess damages, and fight for victims in court. TorHoerman Law offers a team of experienced proton pump inhibitor lawyers who are ready to fight for you.
If you believe that you qualify for a case, or you want to learn more about the PPI injury lawsuit, contact us today.
TorHoerman Law, Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawyers
Lawyers across the country are fighting for the victims of injuries caused by PPIs. It’s important that these pharmaceutical companies receive justice so we can put a stop to the injuries and deaths that are happening so carelessly. Contact TorHoerman Law at 1-888-508-6752 to see if you’re eligible for participation in and compensation from the proton pump inhibitor lawsuit.