Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI) Lawsuits

Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Lawsuits

PPIs for Acid Reflux May Be Associated with Life-Threatening Complications

When you take a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) to alleviate symptoms of acid reflux, or to treat a stomach ulcer or injury to your digestive tract caused by acid reflux, you may experience severe side effects you never thought possible.

Taking a PPI — such as Nexium, Prilosec or Prevacid — may be associated with an increased risk for serious, chronic, even life-threatening side effects.  As always, patients should always consult their physician before discontinuing any prescribed medication.

If you have taken a PPI and had serious injury to or problems with your kidneys, we believe you may have a right to seek possible compensation.  We are accepting clients who, after taking a PPI, suffered problems with their kidneys.

Contact Shannon Pennock at the Pennock Law Firm LLC if you were diagnosed with one of the following severe conditions after taking a PPI:

  • Chronic kidney disease

  • Acute kidney injury, also called “acute renal failure”

  • Interstitial nephritis

  • End-stage renal failure, also called “end-stage renal disease”

In some instances, you may have lost a loved one due to these severe side effects.  You may be entitled to compensation for the loss your family members suffered.

What Are Proton Pump Inhibitors?

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a type of medication that decrease the amount of stomach acid produced by glands in your stomach’s lining.

These prescription and over-the-counter PPI medications may be associated with an increased risk of developing serious, life-threatening kidney problems:

  • Nexium

  • Nexium 24 HR

  • Prevacid

  • Prevacid 24 HR

  • Prilosec

  • Prilosec OTC

  • Zegerid

  • Zegerid OTC

  • Dexilant

  • Dexilant SoluTab

  • Protonix

  • AcipHex

  • AcipHex Sprinkle

Why People Take Proton Pump Inhibitors

Individuals may take a PPI in an attempt to alleviate symptoms of acid reflux, also called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).  This condition occurs when food or liquid travels up from the stomach and enters the esophagus, which is the tube leading from the mouth to the stomach.

PPIs are also intended to ease symptoms of a stomach (peptic) ulcer.  Sometimes these medications are taken to reduce uncomfortable symptoms associated with damage to the lower esophagus caused by acid reflux.

Serious Complications of PPIs May Include Irreparable Kidney Damage

Taking a proton pump inhibitor may increase an individual’s risk of developing chronic kidney disease, acute kidney injury or interstitial nephritis.

Chronic kidney disease, also called CKD or chronic kidney failure, occurs gradually as the kidneys begin to lose their ability to function.  The kidneys filter waste products and extra fluid from the blood.  These waste products leave the body through urine.

When the kidneys lose their ability to function, waste products and excessive fluid can accumulate in the body.  If the condition progresses, kidney dialysis or a kidney transplant may be required.  Left untreated, or if treatment is unsuccessful, the condition can be fatal.

Acute kidney injury (AKI), or acute renal failure, occurs suddenly over several hours or days.  The kidneys rapidly lose their ability to filter waste products, which may lead to excessively high levels of waste products and fluid imbalances in the body.

AKI can lead to chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease.  Immediate treatment is necessary or the condition can be fatal.

Interstitial nephritis is another type of kidney disorder.  This condition is characterized by inflammation in specific tissue in the kidneys, which interferes with how the kidneys function.  In severe cases, the inflammation can lead to chronic kidney failure and cause permanent damage to the kidneys.

Shannon Pennock at the Pennock Law Firm LLC May Be Able to Help

Initiating litigation is no guarantee of success, but if you or a family member has suffered health complications after taking a PPI, Shannon Pennock at the Pennock Law Firm LLC can assess the merits of your dangerous drug lawsuit during a free case evaluation.

To learn more about filing a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) lawsuit, contact Shannon Pennock at the Pennock Law Firm LLC to schedule a confidential consultation.