Proton-Pump Inhibitor Lawsuits
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Recent studies from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the FDA have concluded that the use of proton-pump inhibitors (PPI) can result in serious, potentially life threatening, side effects. PPIs are recommended to patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease or peptic ulcer disease. It is also used as a remedy for heartburn and other stomach conditions. These problems affect more than half of the adult population every year, making PPIs a widely distributed drug.
Unfortunately, many people experience heartburn multiple times a week, prompting increased usage of PPIs. Studies show that the more frequently the drug is taken, the higher the chances of the user experiencing complications. When a problem does occur, a dangerous drug attorney can help you fight for damage recovery from the drug manufacturer.
Long Term Effects of PPIs
When PPIs become the go-to fix for stomach problems, the body starts to become dependent on them. Many PPI users develop problems with their body's ability to absorb calcium and magnesium, as well as other nutrients. This creates a vicious cycle where the patient believes they must keep taking PPIs, because the pain when avoiding it is too intense. Studies have shown that taking PPIs continuously for more than a year can result in kidney failure.
Taking proton-pump inhibitors could cause:
- Kidney failure
- Liver toxicity
- Speech disorders
- Birth defects
- Drug dependence
There are many different types of PPI drugs. You may have taken one without realizing it. Some drugs to look out for include Prilosec, Zegerid, Vimovo, Nexium, and more.
Hold the Manufacturer Responsible
PPIs are undoubtedly dangerous drugs. Though useful if taken in moderation, it can be very easy for users to develop a dependence. This side effect is beneficial to the producer as it increases sales, and certain distributors do not adequately warn of the risks. To hold these companies responsible for your pain and suffering, reach out to Johnston Law Group and schedule a free consultation with our skilled dangerous drug lawyers.