Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have been making headlines lately because they have been causing harm to users. The following are some frequently asked questions about PPIs, the injuries they cause, and the legal recourse possible.
What are Proton Pump Inhibitors?
PPIs are prescription medications intended to treat a variety of gastrointestinal disorders, including:
- Acid reflux
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Acid Peptic Disease
PPIs essentially reduce the amount of acid the stomach produces by blocking the gastric proton pump in the stomach lining.
What Medications are Considered to be PPIs?
There are several types of PPIs on the market manufactured by several companies, and each one is made with different ingredients. Examples of proton pump inhibitors currently prescribed and their manufacturers include the following:
- Prilosec (AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals)
- Nexium (AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals)
- Prevacid (Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA)
- Dexilant (Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA)
- AcipHex (Eisai Inc.)
- Zegerid (Santarus Inc.)
- Protonix (Wyeth Pharmaceuticals)
If you are currently taking or have taken any of these PPIs, you should be aware of the potential side effects these drugs can cause.
What are the Potential Side Effects?
PPIs can cause many side effects, some of which are more harmful than others. Depending on which drug you are taking, some less severe side effects can include:
- Abdominal pain
- Joint pain
- Dry mouth
More concerning, however, is that PPIs have been directly associated with causing a variety of severe issues with the kidneys, including the development of chronic kidney disease. Kidney disease requires ongoing medical treatment and can change your life and even be life-threatening.
What Should I do if I’ve Experienced Harmful Side Effects of PPIs?
When a manufacturer markets a drug with dangerous side effects such as chronic kidney disease, injured users have the right to hold the company liable for their losses. If you have suffered kidney issues after taking a PPI, call our experienced lawyers right away.