What is Prilosec?
Prilosec is a proton pump inhibitor, or PPI drug, manufactured by Procter and Gamble. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1998 for use in treating symptoms of damaged esophagus and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Prilosec may also be prescribed with antibiotics to treat gastric ulcer. In recent years a number of studies have found a link between PPI (Prilosec) use and chronic kidney disease (CDK). A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine stated, “Proton pump inhibitor use is associated with a higher risk of incident CKD.” With an end total of 1921 study participants experiencing Chronic Kidney Disease. Prilosec 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 Prilosec side effects. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with any of these following Prilosec 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 Prilosec?
Prilosec 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:
- Body aches or pain
- Chest pain
- Diarrhea or loose stools
- Difficulty breathing
- Ear congestion
- Loss of voice
- Muscle pain
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Unusual drowsiness
Major Side effects:
- Back, leg or stomach pain
- Bleeding or crusting sores on the lips
- Bloody or cloudy urine
- Continuing ulcers or sores in the mouth
- Difficult, burning or painful urination
- Frequent urge to urinate
- General feeling of discomfort or illness
- Joint pain
- Fast, racing, or uneven heartbeat
- Mood or mental changes
- Muscle spasms (tetany) or twitching seizures
- Nausea or vomiting
PPI’s, including Prilosec, may increase your risk of bone fractures. These fractures have been identified in the hip, wrist or spine of patients taking the medication long-term, 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 tingling in the shoulders or arms, contact a physician or dial 911 immediately.
What is Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)?
Chronic kidney disease (CDK) is a potentially fatal disease where the normal function of the kidney is compromised. Kidneys extract waste and excess fluids from the bloodstream, which are then excreted in urine. When their function is compromised, 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 Prilosec linked to Chronic Kidney Disease?
A number of clinical studies have shown a link between PPI (Prilosec) use and CDK, with one study showing a 28% increase in risk for developing the chronic disease. Another recent study conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health, showed an increase in patients prescribed to PPI’s including Prilosec. NPR Online quoted Adam Schoenfeld, who co-authored an editorial accompanying the study, as saying,
“When they 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 Prilosec?
For years Prilosec and other PPI’s were prescribed in staggering numbers, as they were thought to be relatively harmless. After 20+ years on the market, the long term safety of the drugs are being called into question. Recent studies show PPI’s may increase 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 loss of brain function (hepatic encephalopathy or ‘HE’). The drug is also associated with an increased risk in bone fractures for long term users.
Prilosec and Procter and Gamble in summary:
Prilosec is a proton pump inhibitor, or PPI drug, manufactured by Procter and Gamble. It was approved by the FDA in 1998 for use in treating symptoms of damaged esophagus and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Prilosec may also be prescribed with antibiotics to treat gastric ulcer. A number of clinical studies have shown a link between PPI (Prilosec) use and Chronic Kidney Disease. Prilosec has listed a variety of common and adverse side effects including an increased risk for bone fractures.