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Heartburn Drugs Linked to Kidney Injury

The Food and Drug Administration has issued several warnings to patients that are taking these types of drugs known as Proton Pump Inhibitors or PPI's.

According to the FDA, long-term use may cause problems with the body's ability to absorb calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients. Patients who take these drugs for an extended period may be at risk of suffering kidney damage, bone fractures, heart attack and other serious side effects.

Several studies have determined that there are potentially a lot of risks involved with use of these types of over the counter acid reflux medication.

HEARTBURN

In January 2016, a study found that PPI's increase the risk of Chronic Kidney Disease by 20-50%.

Damage to the kidneys may leave them unable to filter toxins from the bloodstream. Chronic kidney failure is not reversible, so any symptoms of kidney issues such as lack of urine production or fluid retention should immediately be reported to your physician.

The FDA issued warnings in 2010 that PPI's could lead to an increased risk of hip or spine fractures. Those receiving high doses for more than a year were at the greatest risk.

The FDA also issued a safety alert that PPI usage may lead to low magnesium levels, which could lead to seizures, muscle spasm or an irregular heartbeat.

The medications in question are:

  • Prilosec
  • Nexium
  • Aciphex
  • Protnix
  • Prevacid
  • Zegerid
  • Dexilant

If you or a loved one suffered kidney damage after using these drugs, learn your legal rights. You may be entitled to financial compensation.

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