What is Prevacid?
Prevacid is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drug manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1995 for use in treating symptoms of damaged esophagus and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Prevacid may also be prescribed with antibiotics to treat gastric ulcers. In recent years, a number of studies have found a link between PPI (Prilosec) use and chronic kidney disease (CKD), among other side effects. A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine stated, “Proton pump inhibitor use is associated with a higher risk of incident CKD.” Prevacid is still being prescribed to patients.
What type of injuries are we investigating?
The following is a list of injuries our law firm is currently investigating related to Prevacid side effects. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with any of these following Prevacid use, you are not alone.
- Acute Injuries
- Acute Interstitial Nephritis (AIN)
- Acute Tubular Necrosis (ATN)
- Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)
- Acute Kidney Failure (AKF)
- Chronic Injuries
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Renal and/or Kidney Failure
- End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
- Stomach Cancer
Other prescription PPI drugs include:
What are the side effects of Prevacid?
Prevacid has listed a variety of common and adverse side effects. If you experience any of the symptoms listed below, contact your health care provider immediately.
Common Side effects:
- Acid or sour stomach
- Bad, unusual or unpleasant aftertaste
- Feelings of burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling or “pins and needles” in the body
- Tingling feelings
- Change in taste
- Feeling faint, dizzy or lightheaded
- Feeling of heat or warmth
- Flushing or redness of the skin, especially on the face and neck
- Mild diarrhea
- Mild headache
- Mild vomiting
- Stomach discomfort or upset
Major Side effects:
- Skin rash or itching
- Abdominal or stomach pain
- Increased or decreased appetite
- Joint pain
- Cold or flu-like symptoms
- Increased cough
- Mental depression
- Muscle pain
- Rectal bleeding
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
- Chest pain
PPI’s, including Prevacid, have been shown to increase the risk of bone fractures. These fractures have been identified in the hip, wrist or spine of patients taking the medication on a long-term basis, or at high doses.
It is important to note that the initial symptoms of a heart attack often mirror the symptoms of heartburn. If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains or a tingling in the shoulders or arms, contact a physician or call 911 immediately to seek medical treatment.
What is Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)?
Kidneys extract waste and excess fluids from the bloodstream, which are then excreted in urine. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a potentially fatal disease where the normal function of the kidney is compromised. When the kidneys do not function correctly, dangerous levels of fluids and waste can build up in the body. The treatment for CKD is usually centered around the underlying cause of the kidney failure. CKD often progresses into end-stage kidney failure, which requires artificial filtering (dialysis) or a kidney transplant as treatment. End-stage kidney failure is often fatal.
Is Prevacid linked to Chronic Kidney Disease?
A number of studies have shown a link between PPI (Prevacid) use and CDK, with one study showing a 28% increase in risk for developing the chronic disease. Another study conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health, showed an increase in patients prescribed to PPI’s including Prevacid. NPR Online quoted Adam Schoenfeld, who co-authored an editorial accompanying the study, as saying,
“When PPI’s [sic] first came out they weren’t associated with side effects, or we didn’t think they were.” He went on to state, “So we put [people] on this medication thinking: ‘It’s a quick fix and they’re very safe.’ But in actuality they’re associated with a range of side effects.”
Are there other risks associated with Prevacid?
PPI’s including Prevacid remain some of the most widely prescribed drugs on the planet. Recent studies however, show PPI’s may increase the risk in developing a number of painful and potentially life threatening conditions, such as: Rhabdomyolysis (a painful syndrome caused by the release of muscle fibers into the bloodstream), cardiovascular complications and a loss of brain function (hepatic encephalopathy or ‘HE’). Prevacid is also associated with an increased risk in bone fractures for long term users.
Prevacid and Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. in summary:
Prevacid is a proton pump inhibitor, or PPI drug, manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1995 for use in treating symptoms of damaged esophagus and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Prevacid may also be prescribed with antibiotics to treat gastric ulcers. Prevacid has a variety of common and adverse side effects including an increased risk for bone fractures. A number of clinical studies have shown a link between PPI (Prevacid) use and CDK, with one study showing a 28% increase in risk for developing the chronic disease. These findings have prompted some to file suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc..