Patients using drugs such as prilosec to treat acid reflux and heartburn have a 20-50% increased risk of developing fatal kidney disease. Manufacturers of these medications are being sued by countless patients, for their inability to warn consumers of harmful risks associated with taking the drug. Lawsuits against prilosec are being filed daily.
Those using Prilosec, and similar drugs, are reporting cases of:
- Acute interstitial nephritis
- Acute kidney injury
- Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
- Kidney failure
- Kidney transplant surgery
What Does Prilosec Do?
Prilosec is the name of AstraZeneca’s generic omeprazole, which is used to provide persistant heartburn relief. This slow-release prescription medication is used for patients who suffer from regular heartburn or acid reflux, for relief of symptoms occurring more than twice a week, without being remedied by a changed diet.
Over the counter Prilosec was recommended by Consumer Reports in 2012 over other proton pump inhibitors, as the best affordable medication. This drug works to reduce the amount of acid in a person’s stomach, which treats Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), acid reflux disease, and certain symptoms of heartburn. Doctors may also prescribe Prilosec as a preventative medicine for those at risk of developing duodenal ulcer disease, or gastric ulcers. This drug should not be used if you have:
- Severe liver disease
- Osteopenia (low bone mineral density)
- Low levels of magnesium in the blood
Unlike other basic antacids, Prilosec does not work immediately. Instead of impacting the acid in the stomach for instant relief of heartburn, the drug curbs the amount of acid produced by the body. The medication can also be used to treat Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, which is a stomach tumor causing overproduction of acid; Dyspepsia, also known as indigestion; and Peptic ulcer disease, a sore that causes stomach pain.
Lawsuit Information on Prilosec
Despite further fda warning about acute kidney injury in april 2015, and chronic kidney disease as well as dementia in february 2016, these warnings have still not been listed on the label of prilosec. The lawsuits against astrazeneca claim that the manufacturer was negligent in carrying out adequate safety inspections; misrepresented side effects to medical professionals, and patients; and a defective product, which the company fraudulently profited from.
Contact a lawyer immediately if you, or someone you know, has suffered severe side effects after taking prilosec. You can be entitled to the compensation, and justice you deserve.
Cases Filed Against Prilosec
There are many claims against astrazeneca for prilosec, with many more lawsuits still ongoing. One class action lawsuit against the manufacturing company alleges that the marketing campaign of nexium was intended to trick consumers into spending more money for the same pill, with the same adverse effects. Another class action lawsuit claims that the over the counter versions of prilosec increased a person’s chance of contracting food poisoning, which is not mentioned as a possible side effect.
Astrazeneca was found liable for promoting nexium as a more effective alternative to acid reflux treatment in 2015. This claim had a ten year litigation period, and resulted in a $20 million settlement. With the risks of taking prilosec becoming exposed, many patients are seeking compensation for their claims against the company’s initial product.