Nexium & Prilosec - Link to Kidney Failure
Nexium & Prilosec are drugs called proton pump inhibitors. They are used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, by reducing the amount of acid in a person’s stomach. They also may be prescribed to heal acid-related damage to the lining of the esophagus; to reduce stomach ulcers; and to treat stomach infections.
Approximately 15 million Americans use proton pump inhibitors. However, as many as 25% of long-term users could stop taking the medication without suffering increased heartburn or acid reflux, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
Nexium & Prilosec Side Effects
The most serious potential side effects and risks caused through the use of Nexium & Prilosec are bone fractures, kidney disease, renal failure and heart damage. People who take multiple daily doses for a long period of time (a year or longer), especially those 50 years of age or older, have an increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine. Additionally, people who use the drugs appear to have a 20 percent to 50 percent higher risk of chronic kidney disease compared with nonusers.
|Less Serious Side Effects|
|Chronic inflammation of the stomach lining|
|Low magnesium levels|
It’s very important to tell your doctor if you have any of the following issues: (i) kidney disease; (ii) osteoporosis; (iii) low bone mineral density (osteopenia); or (iv) low levels of magnesium in your blood.
FDA and Scientific Studies Regarding Nexium & Prilosec
Proton Pump Inhibitor Use and the Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease
PPIs and kidney disease: from AIN to CKD
Nexium & Prilosec Recall Information
As of this time, there has not been a recall of Nexium or Prilosec related to kidney damage. However, the investigation into these drugs, from a legal standpoint, are still at the early stages. It often takes many years; tens of thousands of hours of attorney time; and the expense of many millions of dollars before all the facts come out that will lead to a recall.