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Initially approved in 1988 as “Losec,” confusion associated with other medications (Lasix and Prozac) led to its name being changed to Prilosec in 1990. Even so, Losec was the first of the PPI (Proton Pump Inhibitors) group of medications used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and ulcers. Yet, with concerns dating back to 2002, Prilosec and other PPI drugs have been linked to chronic kidney disease, as well as an increased risk for heart attack and low magnesium levels.

Some claim that drug companies have failed to provide adequate warnings or labels concerning these drugs, or that they were marketed illegally. Either way, Prilosec’s manufacturer (AstraZeneca) has faced legal matters connecting Prilosec and other PPI medications to kidney disease, heart conditions, increased risk of cardiac birth defects, bone fractures and even dependency on the drug. While Prilosec became available over the counter in 2003, sales continue to increase, and the risks of adverse effects are likely to do the same.

If you or someone you love has been hospitalized or injured after continuous, long-term use of Losec (Prilosec), you need to know your options. The attorneys at the Harman Law Firm hold extensive experience in the business of prescription medication. We believe that drug companies and pharmaceutical giants should be held responsible for refusing to operate safely or issue proper warnings.

For a free initial consultation with the personal injury and defective drug attorneys at the Harman Law Firm, call today.

Kidney Failure And Disease Risks Associated With Losec

While PPI medications used to treat GERD and ulcers are connected with an increase in kidney failure and disease, Losec (now Prilosec) is believed to have affected a greater number of consumers. Simply put, the longer patients take Prilosec, the greater the risk. Symptoms for chronic kidney failure or disease may include the following:

  • Swelling
  • Fluid in lungs
  • Hypertension
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to urinate
  • Arrhythmia

Evidence also suggests that Losec and other PPI medications reduce levels of magnesium in the blood. While this causes further damage to kidneys, low magnesium levels are also associated with neurological, muscular and heart conditions.

A study as recent as February 2016 has revealed that PPI medications including Losec (Prilosec) may increase the risk of developing kidney disease by 20 to 50 percent. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with kidney disease or renal failure after taking Losec or Prilosec long-term, you should contact the personal injury and defective drug attorneys at the Harman Law Firm. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Contact the Harman Law Firm today for a free initial consultation to discuss your options.

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