Prevacid Injuries and Lawsuits
As a PPI (proton pump inhibitor) drug, Prevacid is used to prevent heartburn and acid reflux disease (GERD). Yet, it has been linked to several kidney-related conditions that lead to kidney failure. These are interstitial nephritis, inflammation of the kidneys, acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease. As with other PPI medications, concerns reach back over a decade, with kidney disease at the forefront. Yet, new evidence suggests that Prevacid may be connected to bone fracture or even birth defects.
As a result, some drug manufacturers have been accused of not issuing proper warnings to consumers and marketing medications illegally. From a patient standpoint, some also feel as though their health was not monitored regularly enough while taking Prevacid.
Without question—if you or a loved one has been injured by Prevacid, you may be entitled to compensation for medical costs (present and future), loss of income, pain and suffering. You need to know your options. The attorneys at the Harman Law Firm maintain a practice focus on defective drugs, and we understand the business of prescription medication. Call us today for a free initial consultation to discuss your injuries.
Heart Damage and Kidney Disease Associated With Prevacid
Along with Prilosec and Nexium, Prevacid is a well-known proton pump inhibitor (PPI) that fights acid reflux. While PPI drugs are effective in lowering the acidity in the stomach, studies have shown that PPIs can damage the lining of blood vessels, which are important in preventing buildup. As a result, an individual’s risk of heart attack increases. In addition, there are suspected links to long-term cardiovascular disease with continuous PPI usage.
As the subject of multiple safety concerns and warnings, PPIs are associated with chronic kidney disease, even in patients with no history of kidney problems. As with other PPIs, prolonged use of Prevacid is believed to increase the severity of kidney disease, ultimately leading to kidney failure.
For researchers and legal analysts, an added concern is the number of people taking Prevacid without a clear medical diagnosis. This is made easy since Prevacid is one of three PPI drugs that are available over the counter.
If you or someone you love have experienced heart damage or kidney disease after taking Prevacid, you need to know your options as you move forward. You may be entitled to financial compensation for pain and suffering you’ve experienced. The personal injury attorneys at the Harman Law Firm have the resources and experience needed to take on drug companies, including pharmaceutical giants that refuse to operate safely. Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your injuries.