Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI)

Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI)What Are Proton Pump Inhibitors?

Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) medications such as Prevacid, Nexium, Prilosec and others have been widely prescribed and used over‐the‐counter for treatment of stomach disorders, ulcers, heartburn and reflux since the 1980’s. These drugs work by blocking enzymes that produce acid, thereby causing the ulcers and stomach disorders. Hundreds of millions of prescriptions have been written for PPI drugs over the last few years, not counting the estimated millions who take the drugs over‐the‐counter without prescription.

What Is the Problem With Proton Pump Inhibitors?

Unfortunately beginning in the early 1990’s it was discovered that persons using Proton Pump Inhibitor drugs had a significantly increased risk of developing kidney failure, kidney disease and a serious kidney condition known as acute interstitial nephritis. In recent years, reports from the CBS News website, CNN.com and the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Internal Medicine indicate that patients using PPI drugs have as much as a 20% to 50% increased risk of kidney problems compared to persons not using PPI drugs.

What Are the Symptoms of a Proton Pump Inhibitor Problem?

Symptoms of kidney problems related to use of PPI drugs include:

  • Bloody urine Back Discomfort
  • Confusion High Blood Pressure
  • Exhaustion & Fatigue Inflammation of the ankles and feet
  • Nausea & Vomiting Skin Rash

What Are the Most Popular Proton Pump Inhibitor Drugs?

Some of the more popular Proton Pump Inhibitor medications are:

  • Nexium / Nexium 24 Hr Zegerid
  • Prilosec / Prilosec OTC Vimovo
  • Prevacid / Prevacid 24 Hr Kapidex
  • Dexilant Aciphex
  • Protonix

Proton Pump Inhibitor Litigation

A number of lawsuits have been filed against the drug manufacturers of the PPI drugs alleging that those manufacturers were aware of the risks of using PPI’s and failed to properly warn doctors or patients of those risks.

What If You Think You May Have a Problem From a Proton Pump Inhibitor?

If you or a loved one suffered kidney disease, kidney failure or acute interstitial nephritis after taking Proton Pump Inhibitor drugs, you or they may be entitled to financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, pain, suffering and disability resulting from those complications. Call Lattof & Lattof today for a free consultation regarding your potential rights. Remember that claims of this type usually have a certain time limitation within which you may take action, so it is important that you make the call as soon as you can so as to preserve your rights.