It has been reported1 that one of the most widely prescribed types of medication is a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). These drugs are prescribed for common conditions such as heartburn, acid reflux, GERD, ulcers, and general indigestion. However, these drugs have also been making headlines lately due to potentially harmful side effects. One of the most serious possible effects of PPIs is the development of chronic kidney disease.
Chronic kidney disease is a serious condition that requires significant treatment. Treatment is intended to do many different things including slow the progression of kidney failure, to reduce symptoms, and to prevent any additional complications. While treatment can help to manage chronic kidney disease, the disease itself can often not be cured.
However, for management of the disease, patients are often prescribed medications for a variety of reasons, including the following:
- Blood pressure management
- Cholesterol management
- To control anemia
- Anti-inflammatory and swelling reduction
- Bone strengthening
These medications can all be very costly and can have side effects of their own. In addition to the above medications, patients may have to strictly regulate their diets and reduce protein intake.
There often reaches a point in chronic kidney disease at which regulatory medications are not enough to keep a patient alive due to kidney failure or near-failure. In such situations, serious treatments are necessary, which generally include:
Dialysis — Dialysis2 is the medical process of removing waste from your blood since your kidneys can no longer do so. This filtering process is time-consuming and costly.
Kidney transplant — To have a kidney transplant, you must wait for a suitable donor and have their kidney placed into your body and have your failed kidneys removed. A transplant requires life-long medications to avoid organ rejection.
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If your doctor prescribed you proton pump inhibitors to treat your gastrointestinal or gastroesophageal conditions, you likely thought the drugs would improve your overall health. However, if you are one of the many people who have developed chronic kidney disease or other harmful conditions as a result of taking PPIs, you should know that you have legal rights and that you are not alone. The drug lawsuit attorneys at McEwen Law Firm – USDrugLawsuit are representing the rights of people injured by these dangerous pharmaceuticals, so please call our office at 651-224-3833 for help today.