If you have undergone regular treatment for heartburn, acid reflux or GERD symptoms with any of the aforementioned PPI medications and have experienced kidney damage, disease or failure, contact SPBMC to understand your options for filing suit and protecting your rights.
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Presently, over 4,700 cases have been filed in federal court alleging PPI-induced kidney injuries resulting from the failure of PPI manufacturers to adequately warn patients and physicians of the significant health risks associated with PPIs.
Researchers have established a credible link between PPI use and kidney damage and disease. PPIs can potentially accumulate deposits within the kidneys and produce lesions referred to as acute interstitial nephritis that can result in chronic deterioration of kidney function. PPIs are further linked to increased risk of acute kidney injury, which is characterized by an abrupt deterioration of kidney function.
As the kidneys lose the ability to function, waste in the blood can build to high levels resulting in numerous, serious complications ranging from nerve damage and heart disease to kidney failure and death. Treatment for kidney damage is aimed at limiting damage and preventing further loss of kidney function, however, once the damage has progressed to a chronic condition it is incurable and can only be managed.
Since the introduction of PPIs to the pharmaceuticals market they have become among the most commonly prescribed drugs in the world. It is estimated that tens of millions of prescriptions for PPIs are filled each year in the United States alone.
PPIs are prescribed to patients with chronic stomach acid conditions, such as GERD. However, PPIs are also often prescribed to patients suffering from mild heartburn. PPIs are very effective at reducing acid levels and associated symptoms, and present an easy alternative to acid treatment via personal lifestyle changes, such as eating smaller meals, alternative diets or cutting back on alcohol, which would also reduce heart burn and acid reflux symptoms.
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