Despite being hailed as a safe solution, Nexium kidney injuries have been reported by thousands of Americans. These injuries include chronic kidney disease, acute kidney failure and acute interstitial nephritis. If you or a loved one took Nexium and suffered any of these complications you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the drugs’ manufacturer, AstraZeneca. Call us to learn more about filing a claim for Nexium kidney injury compensation.
As has been reported by NPR and several other reputable sources, around 15 million Americans suffering from acid reflux and/or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) make use of Nexium and similar proton pump inhibitors on a regular basis to keep the unpleasant symptoms at bay.
However, if taken on a long-term basis, which many patients do, as the symptoms of GERD and acid reflux tend to affect their everyday life adversely, recent studies have demonstrated that Nexium and similar PPIs can have some serious side effects. These include chronic kidney disease, acute interstitial nephritis, kidney failure and even death in cases where a kidney transplant could not be obtained after chronic kidney failure.
Once available by prescription only, Nexium is now also available over-the-counter in drug stores. All too often patients have bought the drug assuming that it was safe and harmless, and were completely unaware of the risks of serious side effects. No one would knowingly risk death to relieve heartburn
There have been numerous occasions on which the FDA did release warnings about the long-term use of proton pump inhibitors. These warnings have included cautioning that the long-term use of Nexium and similar medications could lead to all of the following.
- Acute interstitial nephritis
- Renal failure
- Kidney Transplant Surgery
- Kidney Failure
And yet still, in 2014 the FDA did grant AstraZeneca’s request to sell a version of Nexium as an over-the-counter medication, making it far more easily accessible to people who have may not even seen a doctor to treat their acid reflux and were merely diagnosing themselves.
If you believe that you, or a loved one, have suffered any of these serious side-effects as a result of taking Nexium or any of its generic counterparts (esomeprazole) you should consider the filing of a lawsuit against the manufacturers of these drugs. The first step in doing so is to consult with an experienced pharmaceutical lawyer. These are people who can help determine if you have a valid claim, and, if you do, whether you should pursue that claim as an individual or join a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of many victims of Nexium injuries.
There are some good reasons to consider filing a Nexium injuries lawsuit. As more such suits are being filed it is becoming increasingly clear that patients were not warned about the potential serious side effects the medication could cause and in some cases, even the physician prescribing them was unaware of the risks as well. As mentioned, most people, were they aware of the potentially very serious, even fatal, side effects of taking Nexium or esomeprazole to treat acid reflux or GERD would not have done so, as the risks are so disproportionate to the effects of the conditions the drug was marketed to treat.
Should I Stop Taking Nexium?
Unfortunately, as some clinical evidence has shown, abruptly stopping Nexium or esomeprazole after longer use can itself result in unpleasant side effects, side effects including abdominal pain, cramping and a return of acid reflux symptoms. Therefore, even if you are taking Nexium on an over-the-counter basis you should speak with a doctor about safer treatment alternatives before stopping a PPI completely.
Consult with a Nexium Attorney
If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of taking Nexium, you should not have to bear the physical and financial burdens of the side effects caused by a dangerous drug you were never warned about. By filing a lawsuit, and with the help of a Nexium attorney, you may be able to recover damages for the pain and suffering you experienced because of taking the drug from AstraZeneca. And, if a loved one died as a result of a kidney injury caused by Nexium you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against them.
At Baron & Budd we work hard to get those who have suffered as a result of taking Nexium the compensation they deserve. If you feel we may be able to help you, please call us at (866) 347-7765 or complete our online contact form to arrange a no-obligation case review and free consultation.