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Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix PPI Cancer Lawsuits

Studies have found a link between the long-term use of proton pump inhibitors (PPI), such as Nexium, Prilosec and Protonix, and the development of gastric (stomach), pancreatic, and liver cancers. PPIs, which are prescribed to lower the production of acid in the stomach, have been found to increase the risk of stomach cancer by nearly 250 percent when used for extended periods of time.

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Contact our Nexium, Prilosec and Protonix Lawyers to review whether you or a family member may be entitled to financial compensation. Levy Konigsberg LLP is currently accepting Nexium, Prilosec and Protonix cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one has suffered one or more of these complications, you may be entitled to a cash award and compensation for medical expenses. For a free confidential consultation with Nexium, Prilosec, and Protonix Lawyers at our law firm, please call (800) 315-3806 or submit an email inquiry.

What are PPIs?

Nexium (esomeprazole), Prilosec (omeprazole) and Protonix (pantoprazole) belong to a class of medication known as PPIs. Other PPIs include Aciphex (rabeprazole), Dexilant, Prevacid (lansoprazole), Zegerid (omeprazole; sodium bicarbonate), Vimovo (esomeprazole magnesium; naproxen), and Kapidex. Most PPIs are available in both prescription and over the counter (OTC). PPIs work by blocking an enzyme that regulates acid production. PPIs target conditions that are caused by excessive production of stomach acid and can be used to treat acid reflux (GERD), duodenal or stomach ulcers, Helicobacter pylori (H-pylori) and erosive esophagitis. PPIs are among the most prescribed medications in the United States.

What is Happening with PPIs?

Researchers have found that regular, long-term use of PPIs may be connected to a two-fold increased risk of stomach cancer. The patients presenting with the highest risk of cancer are those that have been diagnosed with an H-pylori infection. PPIs are the standard treatment for ongoing H pylori infection, which itself has been associated with later developing stomach cancer. While eradicating H pylori is thought to reduce the risk of stomach cancer, many people continue to develop stomach cancer.

Observational studies found that that the risk of gastric cancer while taking PPIs increases with higher dosage levels and longer periods of treatment. As a first-line medication to treat H pylori, PPIs are considered safe for short-term use. However, long-term use of the drugs is not recommended. Scientists believe that the suppression of gastric acid may encourage the development of gastric cancer. These findings have prompted a more restrained approach towards the use of PPIs as maintenance drugs. Other studies have also shown that PPIs increase the risk of liver and pancreatic cancers.

https://www.sciencealert.com/acid-reflux-drug-proton-pump-inhibitors-medication-risk-stomach-cancer-helicobacter

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6415482/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6135510/

https://www.hepmag.com/article/proton-pump-inhibitors-may-raise-liver-cancer-risk

Compensation for PPI Lawsuits

If you have suffered serious illness or complications from Nexium, Prilosec, or Protonix, then you could be owed significant compensation. Our team is here to make sure that you are given every penny that you need to recover as best you can from the harm these unsafe drugs have caused you. Big Pharma companies like those that manufacture these PPI medications are notorious for throwing heavy resources at lawsuits to defend themselves from any liability. We will be ready for their tactics, though, and so will you if you hire our PPI lawsuit attorneys.

What compensation could be available in your PPI lawsuit?

  • Medical costs: You should be compensated for any medical treatment costs associated with the harm that the PPI medication has caused you, such as hospitalization or specialized surgery.
  • Lost wages: If you were unable to work due to the complications caused by Nexium, Prilosec, or Protonix, then you could be given compensation to make up for those lost wages.
  • Pain and suffering: Injured claimants are given the opportunity to receive monetary compensation for their pain, suffering, and hardships, which are non-economic damages.
  • Punitive damages: In some cases, the court will approve punitive damages to further punish a Big Pharma company for egregious negligence or wrongdoing.

The avenue to compensation will depend on the type of lawsuit that you pursue. If you have an individual claim, then the damage that you receive will be individualized as well. If your case becomes part of a larger class action lawsuit, then any settlement or award will be distributed among the plaintiff class.

Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix Side Effects and Complications

Side effects and complications of Nexium, Prilosec, and Protonix include:

  • Headache;
  • Fever;
  • Gastrointestinal issues;
  • Dizziness;
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency;
  • Rash;
  • Pneumonia;
  • Heart attack;
  • Bone fracture,
  • Kidney failure and kidney disease;
  • Stomach cancer;
  • Liver cancer; and
  • Pancreatic cancer.

Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix PPI Cancer Lawyers are Ready to Help

Contact our Nexium, Prilosec, and Protonix Lawyers to review whether you or a family member may be entitled to financial compensation. Levy Konigsberg LLP is currently accepting Nexium, Prilosec, and Protonix cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one has suffered one or more of these complications, you may be entitled to a cash award and compensation for medical expenses. For a free confidential consultation with Nexium, Prilosec, and Protonix Lawyers at our law firm, please call (800) 315-3806 or submit an email inquiry.

Nexium, Prilosec & Protonix PPI Lawsuit FAQ

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  • Q:How many lawsuits have been filed against Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, and other PPIs?

    A:Currently, more than 13,000 lawsuits have been filed against the companies that manufacture and sell these unsafe PPI medications. Multi-district litigation (MDL) class action was started to consolidate them and save all parties time and resources.

  • Q:Does Nexium affect the kidneys?

    A:Yes, Nexium, Prilosec, and other PPIs have been directly linked to kidney damage and disease. One study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that using these medications could increase the risk of chronic kidney disease by 50% in some users.

  • Q:Does Nexium cause hair loss?

    A:Nexium and other PPI medications have been linked to hair loss, but the studies to make a clear connection are still inconclusive. It is believed that PPI medications increase the risk of alopecia areata, which often includes hair loss as a symptom. Through causation, then, it would make sense to expect that PPI medications can cause hair loss.

  • Q:Did Nexium get taken off the market?

    A:The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pulled Nexium off the market after it became clear that the medication contained unsafe levels of NDMA. The World Health Organization (WHO) considers NDMA as a “probable human carcinogen,” which means that it likely causes cancer, especially after repeated exposure.

  • Q:Are there alternatives to Nexium, Prilosec, and other PPI medications?

    A:You should talk to your primary care provider about potential alternative medications to PPIs. There might be useful prescriptions that you can take for your acid reflux that do not rely on proton pump inhibitors.

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