What is chronic kidney disease and how is it linked to proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec® and Nexium®?

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the common name for numerous symptoms that cause kidney damage, which prevent the kidneys from functioning normally. Some people are at higher risk of developing kidney disease, such as those who have diabetes or high blood pressure—and now, studies are saying that people who take Prilosec® and Nexium® are also more likely to develop kidney disease.

According to research results published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec and Nexium significantly increase a patient's risk for kidney disease and eventual kidney failure.

Common Symptoms and Risks of Chronic Kidney Disease

The kidneys filter out impurities in the bloodstream, allowing them to pass through the body as urine. If a patient has CKD, wastes in the body may build up as a result of impaired kidney function, causing a variety of health problems. CKD sufferers are likely to develop anemia, high blood pressure, bone density problems, nerve damage, and ill health. Heart disease is the primary cause of death for CKD sufferers, as patients often suffer heart and blood vessel complications as the condition progresses.

Symptoms of CKD occur slowly over a long period of time, and may include:

  • Fatigue, lethargy, or long periods of low energy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Insomnia, interrupted sleep patterns, or other sleeping difficulties
  • Itchy, dry, or flaking skin
  • Increased need to urinate
  • Swollen feet or ankles
  • Muscle cramping, especially at night
  • Bags or puffiness around the eyes first thing in the morning

Early treatment is key to controlling a patient’s symptoms, which can slow the progression of chronic kidney disease. Medical intervention is often costly as the condition gets worse, especially if the patient requires a kidney transplant or dialysis. If you have been diagnosed with CKD after taking Prilosec or Nexium, the McGartland Law Firm can help you get the funds you need to recover. We have won multi-millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for victims like you, and we do not collect any legal fees unless we win your case. Call the number on this page to speak with one of our representatives today.