Acid Controllers With Sinister Side Effects

Over-The-Counter Doesn't Always Mean Safe

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The acid-controlling medications Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid — part of a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPI) — are available with a prescription and over the counter at pharmacies. Proton pump inhibitors work by blocking excess production of acid in the stomach. People take them to treat several conditions, including:

  • Acid reflux
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Gastritis
  • Barrett's esophagus
  • Allergic esophagitis
  • Gastrinomas or other stomach tumors
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
  • Acute interstitial nephritis

The fact that you can buy some of these drugs without a prescription doesn't necessarily mean that they're safe. Taking the drugs for a short time may not cause problems, but taking them over a long period of time to manage chronic symptoms may cause potentially serious health effects.

What Are The Long-Term Health Effects?

The same mechanism that blocks acid production in the stomach also interferes with the body's ability to absorb vital nutrients like calcium and magnesium. Over time, this can cause kidney failure, heart attacks, dementia or bone fractures. These devastating side effects are the reason many across the nation have filed lawsuits seeking compensation.

What The Drug Companies Failed To Disclose

Drug manufacturers have known for years that PPIs can cause devastating health effects when taken long term. But they did not reveal this information in their packaging until 2014, and even then they only warned of an association between PPIs and interstitial nephritis. Anyone taking such drugs would not have knowledge of the other side effects until it was too late.

Prescription PPI medications include:

  • Nexium (esomeprazole)

  • Dexilant (dexlansoprazole)

  • Prevacid (iansoprazole)

  • Prilosec (omeprazole)

  • Zegerid (omeprazole)

  • Protonix (pantroprazole)

  • Aciphex (rabeprazole)

  • Vimovo (naproxen and esomeprazole magnesium)

Over-the-counter PPI medications include:

  • Prilosec OTC (omeprazole)

  • Zegerid OTC (omeprazole)

  • Prevacid 24HR (iansoprazole)

Injured By A PPI? Call Us Today.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury because of a PPI medication, we are here to help. Our attorneys at Reich & Binstock have over 30 years of experience representing clients who have been injured. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and are currently accepting PPI cases. Call our firm for your consultation at 713-352-7883 or 877-643-3099 toll free, or email us using our online form.