Proton Pump Inhibitors or PPIs are prescription or over-the-counter medication that relieve symptoms of acid reflux.  They are commonly taken to treat stomach ulcers and for those that suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).  Common names for PPIs are:


AcipHex (Rabeprazole)

Dexlansoprazole (Dexilent,Kapidex)






These tablets or capsule work by reducing the production of acid in the stomach.  Common side effects include headache, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, nausea, anxiety, joint aches, muscle pain and skin rash.  Studies have now shown that taking these proton pump inhibitors may also increase the risk of chronic kidney failure and heart failure.


The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published a study that saw a direct link between taking PPIs and an increased risk in the development of chronic kidney disease.  The results of the study were alarming showing a 20 to 50% higher risk of developing chronic kidney disease.


This was not the first time that the medical field took notice of increased risks associated with prolonged use of proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec and Prevacid.  As early as 2006, medical journals and the US Food and Drug Administration were taking note of the potential increased risk of fractures, dependency and heart attack.  Alarmingly, PPIs have also been linked to an increased risk of birth defects when used during pregnancy.  Despite all of these serious and potentially deadly side effects, the drugs are still being sold.


If you or a loved one have been prescribed a PPI such as Nexium or are taking an over-the-counter version of one of these drugs, you may be at risk for chronic kidney failure or other serious conditions.  If you have developed a serious symptom as a result of taking one of these medications, call our offices today to speak to an attorney immediately.  Our firm cares about you and wants to get you the compensation that you deserve.  You should not have to fight the big drug companies alone.  Our law firm is dedicated to representing those who have been injured because of dangerous prescription drugs or those sold over the counter.  Do not wait.  Contact our offices today.




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