Acid reflux and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) are digestive disorders that affect millions of American every day. While rarely fatal, they both cause extreme discomfort and may lead to stomach problems associated with the excess acids both cause. It is for this reason that a great many people who suffer from these disorders take medication on a regular basis to help combat their effects. One of the most popular of these is Prevacid, manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals.
Once a prescription only medication, a form of Prevacid is also now available over-the-counter, making it more readily available to all. This is potentially problematic, as a number of serious side effects are being attributed to the long-term use of this medication.
Some of those who have been seriously affected by their use of Prevacid are choosing to take legal action against Takeda Pharmaceuticals and, if you or loved one has been affected, you may be able to as well. To learn more about Prevacid lawsuits and whether your case qualifies contact an experienced attorney at Baron & Budd today by calling (866) 347-7765 or completing our confidential online contact form.
The Possible Side Effects of Long Term Prevacid Use
No matter what form of Prevacid you take if you take it on a longer-term basis there may be serious consequences to your health. These drugs were never designed for long term use and the original prescribing recommendation was that they be taken for around just 14 days. Many studies have now linked longer term Prevacid use with all the following:
- Kidney failure
- Chronic kidney disease
- Acute Interstitial Nephritis
There are certain symptoms that if experienced by a person taking Prevacid or another proton pump inhibitor (PPI) should be reported to a physician right away. These include
- Unexplained rib pain
- Unexplained chest pain
- Swelling in the hands or feet
- Difficulty urinating
If Prevacid was Designed for the Short Term, Why is Prescribed for Longer?
Acid reflux and GERD are not ‘cured’ by PPI drugs, their symptoms are masked. And often, when a patient stops taking their Prevacid dosage their symptoms quickly return, sometimes in a form a little more severe than before. Because this then impacts the patient’s health and quality of life, , sometimes quite significantly, sometimes doctors do continue to prescribe the drug, and even if they do not, the patient can always buy their Prevacid at the drugstore down the street.
The FDA is clear about its position on PPIs. They are for short term use only and the agency recognizes that there are clear risks of the nature we outlined above. This position however did not prevent them from approving Prevacid for over-the- counter use, something that takes the prescribing decisions away from a trained medical profession and puts it into the hands of the patients themselves, patients who are often quite desperate to obtain the acid reflux symptom relief they already know Prevacid and other PPIs can deliver.
What You Can Do If Impacted by Prevacid Side Effects?
At Baron & Budd we are committed, and have been for some time, to holding the manufacturers of Prevacid, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, as well as the manufacturers of other similar PPI drugs, responsible for the lack of care shown to consumers by their failure to properly warn of the side effects the long-term use of their products have.
If you or a loved one have, or are, suffering from health problems due to complications associated with Prevacid we may be able to help. To learn more, call an experienced attorney at Baron & Budd today at (866) 347-7765 or complete our online contact form.