What is Nexium?
Nexium is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). Nexium is used to treat heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), stomach ulcers and inflammation of the esophagus. AstraZenica, Nexium’s manufacturer, marketed Nexium as the “Purple Pill.”
Why is there a Nexium lawsuit?
Over time, Nexium reduces the body’s absorption of magnesium. Without magnesium the kidneys malfunction. This can lead to interstitial nephritis, a sudden inflammation of the kidneys. Interstitial nephritis can cause more severe kidney problems, including kidney failure if not treated. Recent studies have also linked the use of Nexium with chronic kidney disease (CKD). AstraZenica failed to warn users of these serious risks associated with Nexium.
Because Nexium has been linked to kidney injury and disease, interstitial nephritis and other serious kidney problems including renal failure, the Nexium kidney injury lawyers at Jones Ward are investigating claims across the country, and many Nexium lawsuits have been filed.
Dangers of Nexium
The longer Nexium is taken, the greater the risk in developing kidney problems or kidney malfunction.
Most users take Nexium for three months before experiencing symptoms. Once the kidneys have suffered significant damage and begin to shut down, treatment is often limited to dialysis and kidney transplant.
Symptoms of renal failure include:
- Fever with no obvious cause
- Appearance of blood in urine
- Changes in urine output
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Mental confusion and/or drowsiness
- Unexplained swelling in the body
- Skin rash
- Weight gain, often due to fluid retention
- Symptoms of loss of kidney function include:
- Weakness or fatigue
- Shortness of breath, caused by fluid build-up on the lungs
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- Muscle twitches and cramps
- Problems sleeping
- Persistent itching
Do I have a Nexium lawsuit?
If you or a loved one have used Nexium and have experienced kidney disease or malfunction, please contact the Nexium kidney injury lawyers at the Greensboro Law Center.