Developed by AstraZeneca and the precursor to Nexium, Prilosec (Omeprazole) which was once one of the top-selling prescription drugs on the market is now one of the most popular over-the-counter (OTC) drugs in the United States.
Although it has gained a reputation for being an effective treatment option for heartburn, the drug has also been the subject of several medical studies aimed at identifying undisclosed drug side effects.
These medical studies, which have mostly been carried out over the last decade, have identified several health complications including kidney damage and dementia as dangers Prilosec side effects.
In addition to the two aforementioned dangerous health risks, studies have also identified the following as possible Prilosec side effects:
What Effect Does Prilosec Have On A Users Kidney?
PPI drugs were first brought to market in the 1990’s to compete against H2 blockers as the primary form of orally administered heartburn treatment.
These drugs quickly became the preferred treatment option for millions of Americans. However, this popularity combined with reports of consumers suffering from various health complications led to medical investigations being conducted on the drug.
Of these studies, one of the most prominent was published in February of 2015 by a team of researchers based at Washington University of St. Louis. The research group reported findings indicating that those who took PPIs saw their risk of kidney damage and kidney failure increase by 28% and 98%, respectively, compared to those who took H2 blockers.
Another study published in 2015 yielded similar results. This study, conducted by researchers of the Johns Hopkins University, was published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
While the results of studies like these are overwhelming, they do not necessarily indicate a causative relationship between Prilosec use and kidney complications. Rather, these studies can only serve as evidence of a correlative relationship between the two.
According to the studies, Prilosec consumers may be susceptable to the following kidney complications:
- Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD): Gradual loss of kidney function
- Acute Kidney Injury (AKI): Kidney complications occurring within hours or days
- Interstitial Nephritis: Inflammation off kidneys
Additional information regarding published studies and kidney complications as they relate to PPI use can be found here.
How Dangerous Are Prilosec Kidney Complications To Consumers?
Because kidney play a vital role in maintaining the health of the human body, any complication that affects the kidneys ability to function properly can develop into a life threatening condition.
Of the three main kidney complications an AKI is the most daunting regarding it’s ability to quickly develop from an unnoticeable condition to a life threatening ailment.
Unlike other kidney complications, an AKI needs only a few hours to experience a life threatening development.
However, other kidney complications are also cause for major concern and caution.
CKD for instance is dangerous as it is exceptionally difficult to detect prior to reaching an advanced stage of development. If it is discovered it will often carry some of the following symptoms:
- Lack of Concentration
- Loss of Appetite
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Nighttime Muscle Cramping
- Swelling of the Feet and Ankles
- Puffiness of the Eyes
- Development of Dry or Itchy Skin
- Urinating More Often
CKD does not frequently develop noticeable symptoms due to the kidneys extreme adaptability when attempting to compensate for damage. Constantly adapting to the damage, symptoms are only noticeable once the damage has become so severe that the kidneys can no longer adapt.
If CKD is able to reach this stage of development, it may become end-stage renal disease (ESRD) – widely regarded as one of the most dangerous kidney complication.
ESRD is characterized by a complete halt in kidney function which causes the body to quickly fill with extra water and waste – experiencing a uremia.
As the body begins to suffer from the kidney shutdown, swelling of the extremities and extreme fatigue will begin to affect the afflicted individual.
When the condition is left untreated victims may begin to suffer from seizures, eventually slipping into a coma. ESRD and any kidney complication at advanced stages of development have the potential to cause death.
With side effects being so deadly, PPI’s ability to increase their risk has become a cause for major concern.
Has The FDA Issued A Drug Recall For Prilosec?
As of August 2016, neither the U.S. Food and Drug Administration nor AstraZeneca has issued a recall of Prilosec or indicated that one is likely to happen in the near future.
However, with public awareness being at an all-time high regarding knowledge of kidney complications and Prilosec, more medical professionals than ever are independently choosing to refrain from suggesting all PPI drugs.
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