Long-term users of Prilosec may be at risk for serious side effects, including kidney failure and other renal complications. Research has also linked this and other proton pump inhibitors to an increased risk of heart attack and dementia.
Prilosec, the world’s first proton pump inhibitor, has been one of the leading heartburn treatments since 1989. Common side effects associated with its use include:
More serious complications may include:
Recent studies of Prilosec and other proton pump inhibitors suggest that extended use of the drugs may be associated with:
Long-term use of proton pump inhibitors is known to impact levels of amyloid beta and tau, two proteins that play a role in Alzheimer’s disease. B12 deficiency, another possible Prilosec side effect, can lead to cognitive declines. In April 2016, research published in JAMA Neurology suggested that seniors who use proton pump inhibitors were 44% more likely to suffer from dementia compared with those not receiving the medications. Read More
Kidney Disease and Kidney Failure
Acute interstitial nephritis, a sudden inflammation of the kidney tubules, is recognized as a possible side effect of Prilosec and other proton pump inhibitors. Untreated, this condition can progress to kidney disease and renal failure.
In 2016, two major studies raised concern that long-term use of proton pump inhibitors could be dangerous to the kidneys:
June 2015, research published in PLOS One suggested that people who take proton pump inhibitors were 16-to-21% more likely to have a heart attack.
There is legal help available for victims of kidney side effects that may be associated with Prilosec. To learn more, please contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP today at (888) 994-5118.
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