If you have been diagnosed with acid reflux, GERD,1 ulcers, or other gastro-related conditions, you may be taking a prescription medication called a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). If so, you may be at risk of one or more of the dangerous side effects of this type of medication. Such effects include acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, kidney failure, or acute interstitial nephritis.2 These conditions can be serious if they are not properly diagnosed and treated in a timely manner.
If you are taking a PPI such as Prilosec, Nexium, or Prevacid, you should be aware of any changes in your body functioning or the appearance of any unusual symptoms that may be a sign of serious kidney damage or disorders. Some symptoms of these conditions can include the following:
- Decreased urination output
- Blood in your urine
- Vomiting or nausea
- Bloating and water retention
- More frequent urination
- High blood pressure
- Chest pain
- Bone weakness or fractures
- Disruption in sleep patterns
- Mental confusion or changes in thought process
It is important to note that the above symptom list is far from complete and that signs and symptoms of kidney problems from PPIs can vary substantially from one patient to the next.
If you are taking proton pump inhibitors and you have noticed any unusual signs or symptoms of another developing health condition, you should visit your medical care provider right away for a full examination and possible diagnosis. In some cases, prompt diagnosis can limit the effects of PPIs. If you already have chronic kidney disease or another harmful condition as a result of PPIs, you will need to start treatment as soon as possible to avoid complications and control your symptoms. For this reason, it is important for anyone taking this type of medication to be aware of the symptoms of possible dangerous side effects.
Call an Experienced Proton Pump Inhibitor Attorney for Help
If you have been diagnosed with the conditions associated with taking PPIs, you should not hesitate to call and discuss your situation with an experienced drug lawsuit attorney at McEwen Law Firm – USDrugLawsuit. We can help you pursue a legal claim to recover for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, loss of enjoyment of life, and other losses related to your injury. Please call for a free consultation today at 651-224-3833 for additional information.