NEW YORK, NY — According to the New York Times, researchers are continuing to investigate the link between using antacids during pregnancy and asthma in children.

After pooling data from eight observational studies, they concluded that the risk of asthma in childhood increased by 34% when the mother used proton pump inhibitors found in certain antacids. The same observational studies also said the risk of childhood asthma increased 57% when the use of histamine-2 receptor antagonist in antacids was introduced.

These types of antacids are often encouraged by doctors to help with acid reflux, which is a common issue during pregnancy. These are available over the counter and do not have to be prescribed by a doctor.

Researchers are continuing to study the effects but so far, no study can prove causation, only correlation. The studies they have looked into have even controlled for maternal asthma, use of other drugs during pregnancy, the age of the mother at birth, smoking, and other variables.

Further studies and clinical observations will be required to definitively determine if there is a link between antacids and childhood asthma. In the meantime, parents and doctors may be well-advised to use caution with recommending and using antacids until further research can rule them out as a risk.

Do Proton Pump Inhibitors Cause Serious Complications?

Unfortunately, there has been concern over additional dangerous side effects associated with the use of proton pump inhibitors.

Research conducted over the last decade has brought about concern regarding PPIs and the effect they have on the heart, kidneys and mental health. Some of the most serious complications believed to be associated with proton pump inhibitors include:

  • Heart attack
  • Dementia
  • Kidney injury
  • Bone fracture

What Are Some Proton Pump Inhibitors?

Ever since Omeprazole was approved by the FDA in 1989, several other PPI medications have been introduced to the market. Initially, these medications were prescription only, however, in recent years some of these drugs have been approved for over the counter use.

The chart below contains information about many of the current PPIs in use today:

DrugBrandFDA ApprovalManufacturer
OmeprazolePrilosec1989AstraZeneca
LansoprazolePrevacid1995Takeda Pharmaceuticals
RabeprazoleAcipHex1999EISAI, Co., Ltd.
PantoprazoleProtonix2000Pfizer
EsomeprazoleNexium2001AstraZeneca
Omeprazole/Sodium BicarbonateZegerid2004Salix Pharmaceuticals
DexlansoprazoleDexilant2009Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Esomeprazole/Naproxen (NSAID)Vimovo2010AstraZeneca

What Legal Action Has Been Taken Against Proton Pump Inhibitors?

In the last few years, multiple lawsuits against PPI manufacturers have been settled for large amounts.

In 2013, Nexium manufacturer AstraZeneca settled a lawsuit that alleged deceptive marketing tactics were used in promoting the product. The class action lawsuit settled for $20 million.

Then, in February 2015, AstraZeneca settled another lawsuit for $7.9 million against the United States Government alleging that the company engaged in a kickback scheme that was in violation of the False Claims Act.

Another PPI manufacturer, Teva Pharmaceuticals, settled a class action lawsuit for $24 million in June 2015. This lawsuit alleged that Teva intentionally withheld a generic version of Nexium off the market after it was found that they were paid off by AstraZeneca.

Studies and reports on PPI complications coupled with the recent history of lawsuits against these companies has prompted attorneys to investigate cases for patients who have been harmed by these drugs. If you believe a PPI medication is responsible for complications you or your loved one has suffered, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and recover compensation.

What are the Criteria for Filing a Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuit?

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) were introduced in the late 1980s for the treatment of acid-related disorder of the upper gastrointestinal tract, including peptic ulcers and gastrointestinal reflux disorders, and are available both as prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Drug Lawsuit Source is currently investigating PPI-induced Acute Interstitial Nephritis (AIN), which is a condition where the spaces between the tubules of the kidney cells become inflamed. The injury appears to be more profound in individuals older than 60.

While individuals who suffer from AIN can recover, most will suffer from some level of permanent kidney function loss. In rare cases individuals suffering from PPI-induced AIN will require kidney transplant.

Can I File A Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuit?

Our dangerous drug lawyers can help if you or someone you care has suffered from the development of any conditions including heart attacks, dementia, kidney injury, or bone fractures caused by PPI. Our top-rated lawyers are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Proton Pump Inhibitor cases in all 50 states.

Below is the criteria required for filing a proton pump inhibitor lawsuit:

  • Patient took one of the following PPIs by prescription or over-the-counter for at least one year:
    • Nexium
    • Prilosec
    • Dexilant
    • Prevacid
    • Protonix
    • Aciphex
    • Zegerid
  • Patient diagnosed with new onset of one of the following while taking the PPI:
    • Acute kidney/renal failure
    • Chronic kidney/renal disease
    • Acute interstitial nephritis

Both patients and their families are seeking compensation for damages. You may be entitled to a settlement if you were harmed by PPI’s.

Our No-Fee Promise On Proton Pump Inhibitor Cases

You can afford to have our great team of Proton Pump Inhibitor lawyers on your side. If you choose us, it literally costs you nothing to get started. We promise you in writing:

  • No money to get started
  • We pay all case costs and expenses
  • No legal fees whatsoever unless you receive an Abilify settlement
  • Phone calls are always free

How Do I Start A Proton Pump Inhibitor Claim?

Our PPI lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. To get started, you can:

  1. Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
  2. Call (866) 280-3417 any time of day to tell us about your case.

We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have claim, we will start immediately.

WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing proton pump inhibitor lawsuit claims.

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