Prevacid Lawsuits: Kidney Complications
Commonly asked questions about Prevacid (lansoprazole):
- What is it?
- What causes gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?
- What are the symptoms of acid reflux?
- How should I take it?
- What are common side effects?
- What are less common side effects?
- What are rare side effects?
- Is it linked to chronic kidney disease (CKD)?
- Can I take legal action?
- Can I start a kidney disease claim?
What Is Prevacid?
A proton-pump inhibitor (PPI), it is used to treat frequent heartburn caused by acid reflux — the backup of stomach acid or bile into the esophagus.
The anti-ulcer drug is offered as a delayed-release capsule and an orally disintegrating (dissolving) tablet, which is taken by mouth. Following disintegration, it releases the medication in the intestine to prevent breakdown of the medication by stomach acids.
Marketed by Novartis, a Switzerland-based healthcare company, it was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1995, and has been available over the counter in the U.S. in a 15-mg dose since 2009.
Prevacid (lansoprazole) — which is in the same pharmacologic class of medications as omeprazole — works by decreasing the amount of acid made in the stomach, allowing the esophagus to heal. It can be used to prevent ulcers (sores in the lining of the stomach or intestine) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug-induced ulcers.
The drug can also be used to treat conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Proton pump inhibitors were used by more than 15 million Americans in 2013. Unfortunately, there have been several complications associated with PPIs that have reportedly caused serious harm to people.
Newer studies now show a link between several PPIs and chronic kidney disease, in which the kidneys lose their ability to filter blood effectively.
For this reason, dangerous drug attorneys are currently investigating lawsuits for people who have been harmed by Prevacid and other PPI medications.
What Causes Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)?
Reflux is a normal process that occurs in healthy infants, children, and adults. Most episodes are brief and do not cause bothersome symptoms or complications.
One common cause of acid reflux disease is a stomach abnormality called a hiatal hernia, which can occur in people of any age.
The main cause of acid reflux disease is a problem with the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) muscle. This muscle, which is the “valve” between the stomach and the esophagus, normally closes tightly after food has passed through to the stomach.
The LES does not stay closed in people with acid reflux disease. When this happens, acid and stomach contents may back up (reflux) into the esophagus. This acid backup can sometimes cause the painful, burning sensation.
Other common symptoms may include pain in the upper abdomen and chest, nausea, an acid-like taste in the mouth, bloating, belching and indigestion (dyspepsia). Similar to heartburn, these symptoms tend to come and go, and tend to be worse after a meal.
What are the Symptoms of Acid Reflux?
Common symptoms of acid reflux include:
|Bloody or black stools||Bloody vomit|
|Chronic sore throat||Wheezing, hoarseness|
How Should I Take Prevacid?
Prevacid is available as a capsule and an orally disintegrating tablet, and is available in 15 mg and 30 mg strengths. It should be taken before eating, and should not be crushed or chewed. The product is to be used once a day (every 24 hours), every day for 14 days.
14-Day Course of Treatment
- Swallow one capsule with a glass of water before eating in the morning
- Take every day for 14 days
- Do not take more than one capsule a day
- Swallow whole. Do not crush or chew capsules.
- Do not use for more than 14 days unless directed by a doctor.
Repeated 14-Day Courses (if needed):
- You may repeat a 14-day course every four months.
- Do not take for more than 14 days or more often than every four months unless directed by a doctor.
People taking Prevacid should stop use and consult a doctor if:
- Your heartburn continues or worsens.
- You need to take this product for more than 14 days.
- You need to take more than one course of treatment every four months
- You get diarrhea.
Ask a doctor before using Prevacid if you have:
- Liver disease
- Had heartburn over three months.
- Heartburn with lightheadedness, sweating or dizziness.
- Chest pain or shoulder pain with shortness of breath.
- Pain spreading to arms, back or shoulders
- Frequent chest pain
- Frequent wheezing, particularly with heartburn
- Unexplained weight loss
- Stomach pain
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using Prevacid if you are taking:
- Warfarin (blood-thinning medicine)
- Prescription antifungal or anti-yeast medicines
- Digoxin (heart medicine)
What are Common Side Effects of Prevacid?
Like most medications, it can cause side effects in some individuals. Below is a list of common side effects.
|Decreased Appetite||Increased Appetite|
What are Less Common Side Effects of Prevacid?
Infrequent, but possible side effects also include:
|Joint pain||Stomach pain|
What are Rare Side Effects of Prevacid?
Rare, but possible side effects also include:
|Mental depression||Rectal bleeding|
Is Prevacid Linked to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)?
A recent study suggested that it is one of several proton pump inhibitors that may be linked to long-term kidney damage.
People who use proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have a 20 percent to 50 percent higher risk of chronic kidney disease compared with nonusers, according to lead author Dr. Morgan Grams, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
“We found there was an increasing risk associated with an increasing dose,” Gram told HealthDay. “That suggests that perhaps this observed effect is real.”
Among the 322 people using PPIs in the study, the 10-year estimated absolute risk for chronic kidney disease was 11.8 percent, the researchers reported.
The study was published Jan. 11 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Gram said use of prescription heartburn drugs already has been linked to short-term kidney problems, including acute kidney injury and an inflammatory kidney disease called acute interstitial nephritis.
Over time, chronic kidney disease can lead to kidney failure, forcing someone to undergo regular dialysis and possibly a kidney transplant, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Can I Take Legal Action Against Prevacid?
Prevacid has been linked to serious side effects including chronic kidney disease (CKD), renal failure, nephritis, heart attack, bone fractures and more.
The FDA announced in April 2011 that lansoprazole was being recalled after numerous reports the tablets were not fully disintegrating in water and blocked feeding tubes and syringes. Several patients required emergency care after their feeding tubes became clogged by the pills.
The FDA warned that despite the recall by Teva, some hospitals may still have the drug in stock. The agency warned health care professionals to use another generic version of the drug that was designed to orally disintegrate if they have patients who require the drug be administered via a feeding tube.
The lansoprazole pills, manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals, are a generic version of Prevacid, which is manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals.
The drug has been withdrawn from the market, but hospitals and pharmacies have not been asked to return the drug.
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