Are Proton Pump Inhibitors Safe? Several Studies Say No.
Approximately 15 million people in the United States take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for stomach acid problems every day. However, some people who have taken them have experienced serious side effects, including kidney problems, bone fractures, and other problems. If you have had damaging side effects, we can advise you about a possible proton pump inhibitor lawsuit.
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed throughout the country over PPI drugs. The lawsuits claim that manufacturers knew about health risks from the drugs but negligently failed to warn users. They ask for compensation for the injuries users have suffered from these drugs.
Common proton pump inhibitors (and their generic versions) that have been named in suits include:
Some of the drugs named are prescription and some are over-the-counter. They come in pill and liquid forms.
Learn About Your Rights When You’ve Experienced Proton Pump Inhibitor Side Effects
You have the right not to be injured by drugs made and marketed by negligent pharmaceutical companies. If you’ve used a PPI drug regularly and have experienced harmful side effects, a proton pump inhibitor lawyer from the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant can determine whether a legal remedy is warranted in your case. Our Houston firm has extensive experience successfully taking on cases involving dangerous medications. Call us today to schedule a free consultation at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000.
What Happens in a Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuit
In a proton pump inhibitor lawsuit, your attorney will examine the evidence to determine whether you may have a claim against the company that manufactured the drug that injured you. Typical compensation in a drug injury lawsuit includes payment for medical bills, time missed at work, pain and suffering, and possibly punitive damages. Punitive damages are meant to punish companies who have been especially negligent.
Sometimes drug injury claims can be settled with the drug maker outside of court. In other cases, it is necessary to go to trial and let a jury decide the outcome.
There may also be opportunities for joining a class action lawsuit. A class action is a lawsuit that is brought by a large number of people who experienced the same or similar injuries from the drug.
Talk to a Skilled Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawyer in Houston
Our law firm can advise you about the best path forward based on the facts of your case. We offer free consultations to learn about your matter. When we take on your case, you don’t pay anything unless you win. A proton pump inhibitor lawyer from Terry Bryant law can be reached at (713) 973-8888. Call us today to set up a meeting with one of our knowledgeable lawyers. Ask about our No-Fee Guarantee.
Understanding Proton Pump Inhibitors
Proton pump inhibitors were developed in the 1980s to reduce the production of excess stomach acid in people with various conditions and diseases. Another class of drug called H2 blockers (also known as H2-receptor antagonists) also do this job. The drug Zantac is part of that class. But proton pump inhibitors have become the most-often prescribed and recommended because of their potency.
Are Proton Pump Inhibitors Safe?
Are proton pump inhibitors safe? That’s a question that has been researched in various studies. The answer from some studies is “no.” And the many lawsuits brought by people who say they have experienced serious side effects seem to back those studies up. In fact, some experts believe the side effects of proton pump inhibitors can be bad enough to outweigh the benefits of taking them.
What Are Proton Pump Inhibitors’ Side Effects?
Serious potential side effects include increased vulnerability to infections and nutritional deficiencies. As a result, people who take PPIs are at an increased risk of salmonella and even pneumonia. Clostridium difficile, which is a potentially deadly bacterial infection of the colon, has also been connected to PPI use.
A reduction of stomach acid can also mean problems with digestion. If stomach acid levels get too low, it can be difficult for people to get the necessary nutrients, minerals, and vitamins they need from food. These deficiencies can increase the risk of fractured bones. Iron and Vitamin B-12 deficiencies have also been reported.
Lawsuits over the drug have claimed that PPIs cause kidney issues, including kidney disease and kidney failure. There has also been a link to stomach cancer after long-term use of the drugs. Two research studies, in Hong Kong and Sweden, found that PPIs double the risk of stomach cancer. But studies by other researchers have disputed these findings.
Experts have also expressed concern about the potential for an increased risk of dementia among PPI users. The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bonn conducted a study of 73,679 individuals 75 years of age and older. According to their results, regular users of PPIs in the study had at least a 44% increased risk of dementia. While researchers are unclear on exactly what may cause this increased risk, it shouldn’t be ignored.
Some of the more common side effects of PPIs can include:
These are some examples of the side effects experienced by some PPI users. Individuals who have attempted to stop using PPIs have also reported problems. This is primarily due to a marked surge of stomach acids that users experience when stopping the drugs.
What Does a Proton Pump Inhibitor Do?
Proton pump inhibitors work to reduce the amount of stomach acid that the lining of the stomach produces. They are designed to relieve the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), better known as acid reflux. This is a condition in which matter from the stomach moves up to the esophagus. As anyone who has experienced it knows, acid reflux causes a painful burning sensation. It can also permanently damage the esophagus.
PPIs are also used to treat indigestion, peptic ulcers, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, stress gastritis, eosinophilic esophagitis, Barrett’s esophagus, and other problems.
Who Manufactures Proton Pump Inhibitors?
Makers and distributors of proton pump inhibitors that have been named in lawsuits include the billion-dollar drug companies Astra Zeneca, Eisai Inc., Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Lawsuits include allegations that drugs were defective, that companies knew about risks of the drugs but didn’t warn the public, that drugs were misrepresented and other claims.
If you’ve been a victim of a PPI drug and experienced serious side effects, a proton pump inhibitor lawyer from the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant can help you determine who may be held responsible for your injuries. Medications are meant to help not hurt. You have the right to recourse if a negligent drug manufacturer has caused you or a loved one harm.
Contact an Experienced Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawyer for Help with Your Case
If you’ve used a PPI drug regularly and have experienced harmful side effects, a proton pump inhibitor lawyer from our Houston law firm can determine whether a legal remedy is warranted. Our highly skilled attorneys have extensive experience successfully taking on cases involving dangerous and defective medications. We know how to stand up against drug companies and their high-powered lawyers. Call us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000.
Disclaimer: Do not stop taking a prescription medication without first consulting with your doctor. Discontinuing a prescribed medication without your doctor’s advice can result in injury or death. Cases may be referred to another attorney or law firm.
Attorney Terry Bryant
Terry Bryant is Board Certified in personal injury trial law, which means his extensive knowledge of the law has been recognized by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, setting him apart from many other injury attorneys. The 22 years he spent as a Municipal Judge, Spring Valley Village, TX also provides him keen insight into the Texas court system. That experience also helps shape his perspective on personal injury cases and how they might resolve. This unique insight benefits his clients. [ Attorney Bio ]
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