Since their approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1989, proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) have proven effective in treating chronic heartburn, peptic ulcer disorder (PUD), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug-induced gastropathy.
However, studies link long-term use of these drugs to a number of frightening side effects and complications—some irreversible.
As a result, the FDA issued a recommendation that patients avoid taking more than three 14-day cycles of the medications in a single year. Unfortunately, this recommendation can't turn back the clock for those already suffering from a serious health condition caused by long-term PPI use.
Long-Lasting PPI Side Effects and Complications
Long-term use of PPI drugs such as Prilosec® and Nexium® can cause temporary symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, rashes, and low-magnesium levels, as well as a range of debilitating and sometimes irreversible complications, including:
- Kidney problems, such as kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, and kidney failure
- Gastrointestinal issues, such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, severe chronic diarrhea, and difficulty absorbing nutrients
- Osteoporosis leading to bone fractures
- Increased risk of infections and pneumonia
- Artery damage
- Heart attack
Approximately 20 percent of Americans suffer from acid-related disorders, and many of these people rely on PPIs to treat their conditions. Patients concerned about the potential side effects of lengthy use of PPIs can talk to their doctors about other, safer alternatives.
Are You Considering a PPI Lawsuit?
If you or someone you love is living with serious health problems caused by long-term PPI use, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit to pursue compensation for your injuries, both physical and emotional.
With 30 years of experience handling injury cases for clients throughout the United States, the skilled legal team at McGartland Law can help you fight for the justice you deserve. Contact us today to arrange a free initial consultation to discuss your case.