Prilosec Kidney Failure

If you take Prilosec on a regular basis, you should know that recent studies have suggested that the long-term use of proton pump inhibitors may harm the kidneys and potentially lead to kidney failure.

Legal Help for Kidney Failure Victims Who Took Prilosec

If you were diagnosed with kidney failure following long-term use of Prilosec, some research suggests that the heartburn medication could be to blame. The attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP provide no-obligation legal reviews to those who may have been harmed by Prilosec. To learn more about filing a Prilosec lawsuit for kidney failure, please call (888) 994-5118.

Prilosec and the Kidneys

Proton pump inhibitors are extremely popular medications. In fact, 2013 saw more than 131 million prescriptions dispensed for drugs included in this class. Prilosec is indicated for:

  • Treatment of duodenal and gastric ulcers
  • Symptomatic GERD
  • Erosive Esophagitis
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and other pathologic hypersecretory disorders

Prilosec is only intended to be used for a short period of time, ranging from 4 to 8 weeks. However, some research indicates that the majority of people using proton pump inhibitors are taking the drugs for far longer than what is recommended. Some recent studies indicate that the complications associated with the long-term use of Prilosec might include kidney failure:

  • April 2016: A study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology suggested that proton pump inhibitors were more likely to increase the risk for chronic kidney disease and kidney failure than another class of heartburn drugs, especially when used for long periods of time or at higher doses.  Overall, the results suggested that patients taking the medications are 96% more likely to develop kidney failure and 28% more likely to develop chronic kidney disease. Read More
  • January 2016: Research in the January 11th issue of JAMA: Internal Medicine, suggested that patients who use proton pump inhibitors might face a 20 to 50% higher risk of kidney disease. Those who used the medications twice per day had a 46% increased risk, while those who used proton pump inhibitors once per day faced a 15% increased risk. Drugs like Prilosec were also associated with a 39% higher risk of chronic kidney disease compared to those using H2 blockers like Zantac. Read More

What is Kidney Failure?

Kidney failure, also known as renal failure, occurs when the kidneys can no longer maintain proper fluid balance in the body, remove waste and eliminate toxins from the blood. The condition may present suddenly (acute kidney injury), or it may occur in stages over time. Symptoms of kidney failure include:

  • Fluid retention
  • Fatigue
  • Blood in stool
  • Shortness of breath
  • High blood pressure
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Ease of bruising
  • Changes in urination

Treatment for kidney failure depends on the severity of the disorder, and may include:

  • Hemodialysis
  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Kidney transplant
  • Supportive care and treatment to manage symptoms in patients who choose to forgo dialysis or kidney transplant

Learn More about Filing a Prilosec Lawsuit

Bernstein Liebhard LLP offers free legal reviews to individuals who may have suffered serious renal damage, including kidney failure, due to their use of Prilosec. To schedule your review, please call (888) 994-5118.

Last Modified: June 10, 2016

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