Dexilant (Kapidex) Lawsuits: Kidney Complications
Commonly asked questions about Dexilant (dexlansoprazole):
- What is Dexilant (Kapidex)?
- Is Kapidex the same drug as Dexilant?
- What causes gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?
- What are common acid reflux symptoms?
- How do you take Dexilant (Kapidex)?
- What are common side effects of Dexilant (Kapidex)?
- What are other Dexilant (Kapidex) side effects?
- Can Dexilant (Kapidex) cause chronic kidney disease (CKD)?
- How Do I Start A Dexilant (Kapidex) Kidney Disease Claim?
What Is Dexilant (Kapidex)?
Dexilant is one of the major drugs that constitute the proton pump inhibitor (PPI) category. These drugs are designed to combat the symptoms of frequent heartburn caused by the backup of stomach acid into the esophagus, commonly referred to as acid reflux.
The drug was initially developed under the name Kapidex until drug manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceuticals gained approval in 2010 to change the trade name to Dexilant. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration initially approved Dexilant in 2009 and has since been introduced in mass to the U.S. market.
Dexilant (Dexlansoprazole) has a similar function to popular drugs, including Nexium and Prilosec, as it effects the body by decreasing the amount of acid the stomach is able to produce. In doing so, the esophagus is able to heal from acid exposure which can work to prevent ulcers – sores in the lining of the stomach or intestine – from developing due to acid damage.
In addition to combating acid reflux symptoms, Dexilant has been used to treat general conditions in which the stomach is overproducing acid – known as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Proton pump inhibitors are among the most commonly prescribed drugs and the most commonly prescribed heartburn drugs in the United States on a yearly basis. With 15 million Americans regularly prescribed a PPI, there is concern that recently discovered health complications could cause serious harm to thousands of drug users.
These concerns have only grown in recent years as studies have reported, in increasing number, that Dexilant and other PPI drugs could be closely related to the development of chronic kidney disease, which can lead to kidney failure.
With consumers exposed to a potentially dangerous health risk, dangerous drug attorneys have launched investigations into PPI drugs to determine if consumers may be eligible to file lawsuits against drug manufacturers in the future.
Is Kapidex The Same Drug As Dexilant?
When Dexilant was initially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2009, it was known as Kapidex. However, within a year of market introduction Takeda Pharmaceuticals was receiving reports that patients were frequently being given Casodex and Kadian when attempting to acquire their Kapidex prescription.
When this issue was investigated, it was discovered that due to the similarity of the drug names, doctors and pharmacists were prone to giving their clients an incorrect drug – of which one was morphine. In an attempt to reduce the amount of these prescription mistakes, Takeda submitted an FDA request to change Kapidex’s trade name to a distinct name that would not be confused for other drugs.
FDA approval was received in 2010 with Kapidex being referred to as Dexilant from that moment on. While exact figures are unreported, it is estimated that the name change has nearly eliminated occurrences of incorrect prescription acquisitions.
What Causes Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)?
The development of acid reflux in a healthy individual should not be seen as an indication of a greater health risk as the condition can develop in otherwise healthy individuals ranging from infants to adults. The condition can be triggered in many ways but typically only occurs in brief spurts without the development of any debilitating or bothersome symptoms.
One of the common causes of GERD is a stomach abnormality called hiatal hernia, which can develop within a wide range of healthy individuals.
The most common cause of acid reflux disease is a problem developing with the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) muscle. The LES muscle acts as an impregnable barrier between the stomach and esophagus and prevents stomach acid from seeping into the esophagus. The muscle loosens and opens as food passes through the esophagus but tightly closes, creating the barrier, once food has reached the stomach.
If something is preventing the LES muscle from closing as it designed to do, stomach acid and other substances will flow into the esophagus causing pain and discomfort.
In addition to pain and discomfort, sufferers report pain in the upper abdomen and chest, nausea, and indigestion among other symptoms. Most reports of GERD do not involve severe pain but in the cases that they do, time after meals is typically the peak of symptom activity.
What Are Common Acid Reflux Symptoms?
A list of the most common symptoms associated with acid reflux includes:
|Bloody or black stools||Bloody vomit|
|Chronic sore throat||Wheezing, hoarseness|
How Do You Take Dexilant (Kapidex)?
Dexilant is available as a delayed-release capsule or “Dexilant SoluTab” in strengths of 30 mg or 60 mg depending on your prescription and needs. Each method must be administered as directed by the packaging and doctor instructions, instructions are not uniform across the different methods so it is important that you understand the administration process before taking the drug.
How Do I Take Dexilant (Kapidex) Capsules?
- Capsules can be taken with or without good – up to user preference
- Capsules must be swallowed whole
- Do not ever chew the capsule
- Those unable to swallow the pill may pour contents into applesauce and consume
- Addition information can be found here
How Do I Take Dexilant SoluTabs?
- SoluTab melts in your mouth without the introduction of water
- Drug must be taken at least 30 minutes before a meal
- SoluTabs should never be broken or cut
- Place on tongue until it melts, swallow without water
- Do not chew material after melting
- If introduced to water, swallow entire SoluTab using water – do not melt on tongue
- Additional information can be found here
Consult With Your Doctor If You Develop:
- Abnormal Heartbeat
- Muscle Weakness
- Cramps or Aches
Tell Your Doctor If You Have/Are:
- Low Magnesium Levels In Your Blood
- Liver Problems
- Serious Medical Conditions
- Pregnant or Planning To Get Pregnant
- Breastfeeding or Planning To Breastfeed
What Are Common Side Effects Of Dexilant (Kapidex)?
In addition to the growing risk of kidney damage as a Dexilant side effect, other more common side effects that prescribed consumers have reported are:
What Are Other Dexilant (Kapidex) Side Effects?
In addition to the aforementioned common side effects, there have been several reports naming dozens of health symptoms as associated with Dexilant use. These conditions, in which all can be found here, occurred in less than 2% of the FDA tested subjects.
Can Dexilant (Kapidex) Cause Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)?
As PPI popularity and drug selection has steadily grown over the last decade the drug class has become the subject to an increasing amount of medical studies. These studies intend to discover any possible side effects that could effect consumers exposed to prolonged PPI use.
Recent studies have discovered a concerning side effect associated with Dexilant, the development of long-term kidney damage. One of the most recent studies was conducted by a team of medical researchers based at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and published in the JAMA Internal Medicine Journal on January 11, 2016.
“We found there was an increasing risk associated with an increasing dose,” lead author and assistant professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Morgan Grams said. “That suggests that perhaps this observed effect is real.”
In fact, the study reported data indicating that PPI users have a 20% to 50% greater risk of developing chronic kidney disease than nonusers. These findings were based on the observation of 322 PPI users whose estimated 10-year absolute risk for chronic kidney disease was evaluated at 11.8%.
While Dr. Gram acknowledged that a connection between PPI use and short-term kidney problems was well established, the worry that the drugs may cause more severe kidney damage is just being substantiated.
If chronic kidney disease is not properly addressed soon enough, it may lead to total kidney failure, resulting in the need for regular dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
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