Prilosec Lawsuit – Kidney Renal Failure – Attorney Assistance

This site provides the facts of the Prilosec kidney disease litigation, including recalls, settlements, legal help and videos. Our law firm has been successfully suing pharmaceutical companies for more than 60 years.

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What is the Prilosec Lawsuit

The Prilosec lawsuits state the manufacturer of Prilosec failed to warn patients and physicians of the increased risks of kidney damage and renal failure. The lawsuits state that if the manufacturer had properly warned of the risks, patients would have been prescribed a different medication for their acid-related stomach issues, and certainly would have had their health monitored on a more frequent basis for potential signs of kidney disease.

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What is Prilosec and Why is it Prescribed

Prilosec is a drug called a proton pump inhibitor. It is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, by reducing the amount of acid in a person’s stomach. It 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, such as Prilosec and Nexium. 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.

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What are the Side Effects, Problems and Risks of Prilosec

The most serious potential side effects, problems and risks caused through the use of Prilosec are bone fractures, kidney disease and renal failure. People who take multiple daily doses of Prilosec 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 Prilosec appear to have a 20 percent to 50 percent higher risk of chronic kidney disease compared with nonusers.

Other potential side effects from Prilosec include:

  • Abdominal pain;
  • Chronic inflammation of the stomach lining;
  • Constipation;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Drowsiness;
  • Dry mouth;
  • Gas;
  • Headaches;
  • Low magnesium levels; and
  • Nausea.

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.

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Video — Attorneys Mike Papantonio and Neil Overholtz Discuss the Relationship Between Nexium & Prilosec and Kidney Disease and Renal Failure


Video — Attorney Mike Papantonio and Thom Hartmann Discuss the Harm Being Caused by Nexium & Prilosec

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FDA and Scientific Studies Regarding Nexium & Prilosec

Proton Pump Inhibitor Use and the Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease: Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are among the most commonly used drugs worldwide and have been linked to acute interstitial nephritis. Less is known about the association between PPI use and chronic kidney disease (CKD). . . . Proton pump inhibitor use is associated with a higher risk of incident CKD. To read more, click Journal of American Medical Association

PPIs and kidney disease: from AIN to CKD: Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are commonly prescribed and available over-the-counter, and are taken by millions of patients around the world, often for many months to years. While PPIs have an excellent overall safety profile, concerns have been raised about adverse renal events, specifically their association with acute interstitial nephritis (AIN). While only a small proportion of patients develop AIN from PPIs, these drugs are now a common cause of drug-induced AIN in the developed world due to their widespread and prolonged use. To read more, click Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

Has There Been a Recall of Prilosec

As of this time, there has not been a recall of 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.


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Why Should I Select Levin Papantonio to Handle my Case

Our law firm has been in existence since 1955, and is considered a national leader in this type of litigation. We are the founder of Mass Torts Made Perfect, which is a national seminar attended by approximately 800 lawyers twice per year where we help teach the successful discovery and trial techniques in national litigation against drug companies. In litigation like this, federal judges often select a few attorneys to lead the investigation for all those injured who have filed a federal lawsuit. To date, federal judges have selected our attorneys more than 35 times to serve in this role.

For a detailed discussion of our history, credentials, accomplishments, and results, please visit our About Us section.

What Does It Cost to Hire Levin Papantonio

Our Prilosec lawyers provide absolutely free confidential consultation, and if we are fortunate enough for you to hire us, we never will charge you any fees or costs unless you first recover.

The fee we charge ranges from 20% to 40% depending upon the amount we recover for you. This fee should be similar to, if not exactly the same, as to what other lawyers are charging. This is true whether your lawyer has never handled a prescription drug case or whether it has been the focus of their practice for more than 60 years, as with our law firm.

How Long Do I Have to File a Prilosec Lawsuit

Every state has maximum time limitations on when a Prilosec claim must be filed. These time restrictions are known as statutes of limitations. If a claim is not filed against the manufacturers, sellers and healthcare providers before the statute of limitation ends, the injured persons are forever prevented from bringing a claim against the companies and persons who may have caused their injuries.

If you have been potentially injured by the use of Prilosec, your statute of limitations may already have ended, or may end in the very near future. Unfortunately, there is no way for us to tell you without us first reviewing the individual facts of your case. The one thing we can absolutely state is that every day you wait to hire an attorney may be the last day you can bring a claim.

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To contact us for a free confidential consult, you can call us at (800) 277-1193 (toll free). You also can request a private and confidential consultation by clicking Free & Confidential Consult, which form will be immediately reviewed by one of our attorneys handling this litigation.

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Prilosec & Nexium Kidney Damage and Renal Failure Lawsuit News

Commonly used heartburn drugs may lead to kidney damage: study: Long-term use of a common type of medication used to treat heartburn, acid reflux, and ulcers may lead to an increased risk of kidney disease and kidney failure, new research shows. The study, published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, adds to prior research that suggests proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), a group of drugs which reduces gastric acid production, can lead to serious kidney damage. To read more, click CBS News

Nexium: Is the Purple Pill Shutting Your Kidneys Down? – Should You Be Taking It?: An estimated 15 million Americans are currently taking drugs like Nexium which work to control heartburn, indigestion, and acid reflux. Unfortunately, those who turn to Nexium and other Proton-pump inhibitors will need to proceed much more cautiously as studies have confirmed that taking these drugs increase the chance of kidney problems – and even kidney failure – by as much as fifty percent. To read more, click The Ring of Fire

Common heartburn drugs linked with kidney disease: People who use proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have a 20 percent to 50 percent higher risk of chronic kidney disease compared with nonusers, said lead author Dr. Morgan Grams, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. . . . Use of the prescription heartburn drugs already has been linked to short-term kidney problems such as acute kidney injury and an inflammatory kidney disease called acute interstitial nephritis, Grams said. Newer studies now show a link between the drugs and chronic kidney disease, in which the kidneys lose their ability to filter blood effectively. Over time, chronic kidney disease can lead to kidney failure, forcing someone to undergo regular dialysis and possibly a kidney transplant, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. To read more, click CBS News

Heartburn Drugs Tied to Higher Kidney Disease Risk: A common type of heartburn medication called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) seem to be linked with increased risk of chronic kidney disease, two new studies suggest. Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid belong to this class of drugs, which treat heartburn and acid reflux by lowering the amount of acid produced by the stomach. . . . They found that PPI users were up to 50 percent more likely to develop chronic kidney disease than non-PPI users, even after adjusting for differences between the two groups. To read more, click WebMD

Popular Acid Reflux Drugs Are Linked To Kidney Disease Risk: People who take certain popular medicines for heartburn, indigestion and acid reflux may want to proceed more cautiously, researchers reported Monday. The drugs, known as proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), appear to significantly elevate the chances of developing chronic kidney disease, according to a study involving more than 250,000 people. An estimated 15 million Americans use PPIs, which are sold by prescription and over-the-counter under a variety of brand names, including Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid. To read more, click NPR

Popular heartburn medication linked to chronic kidney disease: Widely popular heartburn medications that block the secretion of acid into the stomach are associated with higher rates of chronic kidney disease, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins University researchers released Monday. The research raises more questions about commonly used drugs such as Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid, which had long been considered effective with few side effects. In June, an unusual data-mining project by Stanford University researchers revealed evidence linking the medications to a greater risk of heart attacks. Previous analyses have linked the medications to bone fractures, gut infections and other health problems. To read more, click Washington Post

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