If you or a loved one has recently taken the proton pump inhibitor Prilosec (commonly used for treatment of acid reflux, heartburn, and gastroesophogal reflux disease or GERD) and have suffered from kidney damage, a heart attack, a broken bone, or other serious side effects, you are not alone, and you may be eligible to receive compensation. It is likely that there will be a Prilosec recall in the near future.
AstraZeneca, the company that manufactures Prilosec, may not have adequately warned you about the side effects of taking the medication. Prilosec is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) commonly used to treat heartburn, acid reflux, and GERD (gastoesophogal reflux disease). Up to 20 million Americans use PPIs each year. If you or a loved one are suffering from negative effects caused by PPIs, you are not alone. It’s important that you call an attorney immediately to report your side effects so you can find out if you are eligible to be compensated. When you call to report your side effects and discuss compensation, you may be saving others from experiencing negative effects. It’s important that you call immediately.
Recent studies have shown that Prilosec increases the risk of kidney disease, which may be a precursor to kidney failure (which can cause severe illness or death). Studies show that people who take Prilosec are 50% more likely to suffer from kidney disease than people who do not take Prilosec, and the longer that Prilosec is used, the more the risk continues to increase. A study was recently released stating that users of Prilosec are 2.5 times more likely to suffer from acute kidney injury compared to people who do not use Prilosec. People who take Prilosec or other PPIs are also 20% more likely to have a heart attack than people who do not use PPIs. PPI users are twice as likely to die from cardiac issues than non-PPI users. This data has been available since the early 2000s, and it appears that AstraZeneca did not share this information with consumers. Additionally, broken bones are more likely in people who use PPIs, especially hip fractures in post-menopausal women. In 2010, a warning was issued that the longer a person uses a PPI, the higher the likelihood that they will experience a broken wrist, hip, or spine.
In addition to broken bones, heart attacks, and kidney failure, PPIs such as Prilosec have also been found to increase the risk of seizures, changes in appetite, heart arrythmia, nausea, anxiety, itching, constipation, muscle spasm, tremors, and depression. If you or a loved one have experienced any of the above effects after using Prilosec, contact an attorney today. You are not alone, and you may be entitled to compensation, as a Prilosec recall is likely. Get the money you deserve for your pain and suffering.