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Proton Pump Inhibitors Linked to Yet Another Health Concern

Most people would agree that medications should do more good than harm. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, as is highlighted by new evidence regarding proton pump inhibitors. Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, are drugs that are prescribed to patients to treat one of the most common ailments suffered by Americans: heartburn. While past studies of PPIs have been linked to a number of serious adverse health conditions, including osteoporosis and bone fracture and increased risk of heart attack, a recent study sheds light on yet another concern – that the use of PPIs may lead to kidney damage.

The Study

The study that came to the conclusion above was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers involved in the study analyzed 10,482 people for an average of 13.9 years. They compared those in the study who used PPIs to those who did not, and also compared those who took other non-PIP heartburn medications to those who did not.

After controlling for many factors, the data showed that those who used PPIs were at a 20 to 50 percent increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease than were non-PPI users.

Is Association Causation?

Senior author of the study, Dr. Morgan E. Grams, told reporters from The New York Times that, “The study does not prove that PPIs cause kidney disease.” Dr. Gram further recommended that patients who are currently taking PPIs routinely monitor their kidney function.

While it may be said that PPIs do not cause kidney disease, there is clearly an association between the two. If you are taking any PPIs, talking to your doctor about switching your medication, or considering other heartburn remedies, such as dietary changes, may be in your best interest.

Names of PPIs

If you have heartburn, here is a list of some common PPIs:

  • Prilosec;
  • Nexium; and

Non-PPI heartburn medications (classified as H2 receptor antagonists) include:

  • Pepcid;
  • Zantac; and

When a Dangerous Drug Leads to Harm, Call a Lawyer

In a perfect world, the risks associated with the use of any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, would be found out and published before the drug ever went on the market and was used by patients. Unfortunately, a flawed system does not allow for this, and too many patients each and every year suffer undue harm because they did not know that a drug was dangerous.

If you suffer an adverse health condition that you believe is the result of taking a prescription drug, you should consult with a lawyer. As a consumer, you have right to know the risks of what you are taking before you take it. At the law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., our defective pharmaceutical attorneys, serving clients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, will advocate for you to help you recover the money that you are owed.

To schedule a free case consultation with our law firm today, call us now at (215) 567-3500. We look forward to serving you.

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