Amarillo PPI Injury Lawyers
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as Nexium and Prilosec, are used to treat heartburn, acid reflux, and ulcers. They are sold over-the-counter and in prescription form. They are effective but they have been linked to very serious side effects including bone fractures, kidney damage and heart attack. If you have been harmed by PPI use, you deserve full and fair compensation for your injuries. The experienced Amarillo defective drug attorneys of Wood Law Firm LLP, are ready to represent you in your PPI injury claim.
Examples of PPIs include:
- Aciphex (rabeprazole)
- Dexilent (dexlansoprazole)
- Kapidex (dexlansoprazole)
- Nexium (esomeprazole)
- Prevacid (lansoprazole)
- Prilosec (omeprazole)
- Protonix (pantoprazole)
- Vimovo (naproxen and esomeprazole magnesium)
- Zegerid (omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate
PPIs work by decreasing the production of stomach acid. Their uses include:
- Treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD or acid reflux), such as heart burn, difficulty swallowing, and persistent cough
- Heal erosion of the esophagus caused by acid reflux
- Treat or prevent ulcers
- Reduce acid production in Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
- Treat Barrett’s esophagus
- In combination with antibiotics to treat H. pylori infection
- Other conditions in which reduction of stomach acid is beneficial
PPIs reduce production of gastric acid by shutting down proton pumps in the stomach. They work well, but they are not safe for long term use. Stopping PPI use can be difficult due to rebound symptoms. And, PPIs are not something you take to relieve symptoms. You take them to prevent symptoms.
Prolonged reduction of stomach acid can cause nutritional deficiencies. Prolonged PPI use can prevent proper absorption of calcium, magnesium, B12, and iron and can compromise the immune system. Prolonged PPI use has been associated with an increased risk of:
- Hip, wrist, and spinal fractures
- Heart attack
- Kidney problems
- Clostridium difficile infection
A study, published in 2016, found that PPI users were 96% more likely to develop kidney failure than people who took a different type of acid reducing medicine.
Long-term use of PPIs can cause serious harm. If you been injured by PPI use, we are here to help you recover just compensation that can cover your medical bills, lost income, and more. Please call the Amarillo PPI injury attorneys of Wood Law Firm LLP, at 806-372-WOOD (9663) or contact us now to get started with a free consultation. We represent drug injury victims on a contingency fee basis. We only get paid if you get paid.