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The Nexium injury lawyers at the Drug Law Center are currently representing many patients who have suffered serious injuries caused by the acid reflux medication.
Nexium (esomeprazole) is a non-prescription brand-name proton pump inhibitor (PPI) that decreases asset levels in the stomach. Doctors recommend the use of Nexium to treat numerous common symptoms including GERD (gastroesophageal reflux), Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, peptic ulcer disease, and dyspepsia. It is also known to promote healing to a damaged esophagus (erosive esophagitis) and to prevent helicobacter pylori infection-related gastric ulcers. Typically, a dosage of one Nexium pill provides heartburn relief for 24 hours.
The History of Nexium
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initially approved the generic form of Nexium, esomeprazole, in 1988. AstraZeneca first marketed the pill in America until they sold the US rights to the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. in 2012. Two years later in March 2014, the FDA approved Nexium 24 HR and switch the medicine from a prescription drug to a non-prescription status. Pfizer marketed the product as a drug choice that people could make to take charge of their individual health.
Who Should Not Take Nexium?
Statistics indicate that more than 25 million adults suffer from heartburn every day. While heartburn does not actually concern the heart, men and women suffering from the condition are actually experiencing a reflux action where harsh stomach acids back up into the esophagus. This action can quickly damage the lining of the esophagus and over time cause more severe conditions including erosive esophagitis that can ulcerate or narrow the esophagus.
Even though acid reflux can cause serious stomach problems, there are many individuals that should avoid taking Nexium, or any proton pump inhibitor medication because the contraindications involved. Individuals who should not take Nexium are those who suffer from:
- Low blood-associated magnesium levels
- Broken bones
- Vitamin B12 deficiency
- Clostridium difficile colitis
- Acute interstitial nephritis
- Severe liver disease
- CYP2C19 poor metabolizer
- Atrophic gastritis
- Cutaneous and systemic lupus erythematosus (new onset and worsening of an existing autoimmune condition)
- Hypersensitivity reactions to substituted benzimidazoles that could involve urticaria (hives), bronchospasm, angioedema (deep skin hives), anaphylactic shock, and anaphylaxis
Many patients have had a symptomatic response to a Nexium treatment. However, even though the drug may provide temporary relief, it may mask gastric malignancy. Individuals who are allergic to Nexium, esomeprazole magnesium or any of the ingredients in Nexium should avoid taking the drug altogether.
Nexium Side Effects
Every prescription medication over-the-counter drug has some type of side effect that ranges from minimal to severe. The brand-name Nexium and its generic version esomeprazole are no different. Common minor side effects from taking Nexium (esomeprazole) include:
- Dry mouth
- Abdominal pain
More serious side effects from taking Nexium (esomeprazole) will often require medical attention. These side effects and adverse reactions include:
- Spasm of the larynx
- Muscle aches or cramps
- Feet or hands spasms
- Muscle weakness
- Faster abnormal heartbeat
- Tremors (shaking) or jerky movements
Individual suffering serious allergic reactions will typically display a rash, tightening of the throat, swelling of the face, or difficulty in breathing.
Drug research studies have revealed a correlation between taking Nexium (esomeprazole) and the development of chronic kidney disease, renal failure, nephritis, or another severe side effect. Because of that, many individuals have filed Nexium lawsuits against the drug maker in an effort to obtain financial recovery for the damage the drug caused.
Some of the plaintiff set of filed Nexium lawsuits have suffered serious kidney diseases including renal failure. The most common symptoms associated with kidney disease include:
- Swollen hands, feet, legs and/or ankles
- Changes in urination
- Feeling cold
- Difficulty in concentrating
- Ammonia breath
- Metallic taste in the mouth
- Shortness of breath
- Skin rashes
Many attorneys who are arguing cases in court on behalf of their clients are showing evidence how even though Nexium prevents the stomach from creating high levels of acid by switching off acid producing pumps inside the stomach, minimizing acid levels increases levels of harm and cause significant damage to the stomach and esophagus. While doing this, Nexium also minimizes the body’s ability to absorb magnesium and other vital nutrients, which are crucial to kidney function.
Typically, plaintiffs in the case filing suit against the makers of Nexium had taken the drug for at least three months prior to the initial symptoms first appearing. During that time, the medication was likely causing irreversible kidney damage.
What Type of Nexium Lawsuit to File?
Plaintiffs filing Nexium lawsuits can be involved in a variety of legal actions. These cases are usually extremely complex and require the skills of an experienced personal injury attorney who specializes in product liability cases, wrongful death lawsuits, and medical malpractice claims. The four most common types of Nexium lawsuits involve:
- An Individual Lawsuit – Lawyers providing legal representation usually file a product liability claim in federal or state court and show evidence at trial or negotiate an acceptable financial settlement offer.
- Massive Tort Lawsuit – Judges will typically lump together mass tort lawsuits when only one or two common defendants are involved. Often times, there are multiple types of injuries suffered a small group of plaintiffs or all of them. Generally, one law firm or lawyer will handle many cases. This saves money and time during the discovery process and provides more variability in seeking financial recovery for the plaintiffs.
- Class Action Lawsuits – And this type of lawsuit, plaintiffs are typically grouped together. Usually, the kind of injury that each plaintiff has been determined how the case will be presented in court involving a common defendant. Grouping together multiple cases allows thousands of lawsuits to be settled at once. However, class-action suits typically produce one negotiated settlement amount or court award that binds plaintiffs together and accepting an equal amount based on the judge’s orders.
- Multidistrict Litigation MDL Cases – Similar federal cases can be brought together into a multidistrict litigation case. This form of lawsuit helps streamline the pretrial process that will be heard by a single judge. Multidistrict litigation procedures allow every claimant to reserve the right to an individual verdict or trial.
Filed Nexium Lawsuits
- Judge Rules Antacid Drug Maker Must Proceed Ahead with Nexium Lawsuit
April 2017 – A motion to dismiss an acid reflux injury case filed by the makers of Nexium was denied in a Louisiana courtroom. This allows a Louisiana female plaintiff to move ahead to seek financial compensation after developing kidney failure she alleges happen because he took Nexium.
In denying the motion, the judge upheld the plaintiff’s claims that the construction or the design of Nexium was defective. The judge ruled that sufficient evidence revealed that the antacid medication was defective in its formulation and that other safer medications to treat heartburn and excessive stomach acid were available in the medical marketplace.
- Tennessee Plaintiff Says Nexium Caused His Kidney Damage
July 2016 – AstraZeneca is facing one more Nexium injury lawsuit, this time filed by Tennessee man who claims that the antacid medication induced his kidney damage. The plaintiff said he was an infrequent user of Nexium on numerous occasions occurring between 2003 and 2008 to treat his peptic disorders including duodenal ulcer disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
In 2008, doctors diagnosed the Tennessee plaintiff with “severe, drug -induced, Acute Interstitial Nephritis” while still taking his Nexium medication. Within the next year, doctors diagnose the plaintiff with severe chronic active interstitial nephritis that required dialysis treatments three times every week. The plaintiff now claims he is a candidate for a kidney transplant.
The plaintiff is claiming that taking Nexium to treat his peptic disorders caused his kidney problems and that had he been informed of the serious side effects of taking the medication, he would not have taken the drug and likely chose another form of treatment for his conditions. Lawsuit documents reveal that numerous clinical studies revealed a correlation between
Nexium treatments and the increase of kidney injury. Numerous studies are cited, including one from 2015 where elderly patients experienced a 250 percent increase of acute kidney injury after just being prescribed a proton pump inhibitor medication.
- Nexium Found to Cause Kidney Problems
June 2016 – A published January 2016 report in JAMA Internal Medicine revealed that proton pump inhibitor medication users, including those that take Nexium, have a 20 to 50 percent higher potential risk of developing chronic kidney disease. This is compared to individuals not currently taking a PPI drug. However, the study did not establish a direct cause-and-effect connection but was able to determine that some form of link existed between taking the drug and experiencing the severe kidney -related side effects.
Newer research has indicated that the medication may cause the kidneys to lose their capacity for filtering blood appropriately. Doctors and researchers believe that this barrier during normal function would cause a buildup of toxins in the body. Unfortunately, many individuals have suffered Nexium-related kidney disease are now on kidney dialysis treatments, and some are waiting for a kidney transplant.
- Study Shows Nexium Heartburn Medicine May Be Linked to Heart Attacks
Plaintiffs filing Nexium lawsuits are accusing the drug maker of selling a proton pump inhibitor product that induces heart attacks in patients. Many of the plaintiffs had been extremely healthy before suffering cardiac attacks caused by antacid medications.
Lawsuit documents reveal study results were patients suffering from pre-existing heart conditions and concomitantly taking the antacid medication were twice as likely to die from their underlying her condition. Experts conducting the research believe that the increased potential risk of suffering sudden heart attacks stopped once the medication was no longer taken.
Patients in the medical community are alarmed of the serious side effects Nexium and other proton pump inhibitors are causing. This is because these medications tend to be the most popular drugs on the market to treat acid reflux in America. Overall, the majority of these cases being filed in federal and state court are individual lawsuits, and not a part of a nationwide class action suit.
Now Accepting Nexium Injury Lawsuits
The Nexium injury attorneys at the Drug Law Center are currently accepting antacid injury cases through contingency fee agreements. This means our law firm postpones payment of our legal services through our “No Win / No Pay” Guarantee. If we do not win your case at trial or settle your case for an acceptable financial amount, you owe us nothing. We have successfully resolved wrongful death lawsuits, product liability cases, and medical malpractice claims for compensation involving both the over-the-counter and prescription versions of Nexium.
Contact us today to schedule a comprehensive case evaluation at no charge to you. Allow our law firm to build your case for financial recompense to ensure your family receives the monetary compensation they deserve.