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Heartburn Drugs Linked to Esophageal Cancer

Heartburn medications designed to prevent symptoms may actually lead to the development of esophageal cancer, researchers have found. The drugs, known as proton pump inhibitors, include popular prescriptions like Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid. Scientists examined the medical records of more than 700,000 people taking proton pump inhibitors. When compared with the general population, those taking the drugs were more likely to develop esophageal cancer.

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Limitations of the Study

Of course, correlation does not equate causality, and critics of the study are quick to point out the limits of the research. The study does not factor in factors like smoking, drinking or obesity, which can all play a role in the development of esophageal cancer. Still, this is not the first time researchers have linked proton pump inhibitors to esophageal cancer. A University of Pittsburgh study in 2011 found that long-term users of the drugs were at a significantly increased risk of developing cancer. Another study found the medications doubled the odds of a person developing stomach cancer.

A Word of Caution

While these results are worrisome, no one taking proton pump inhibitors should stop taking their medication without talking to their doctor first. Anyone concerned about the possible health consequences of the drugs should be sure to consult with their physician before halting the use of the prescription. Failure to do so could result in serious health risks and complications.

If you or someone you know has developed esophageal cancer after using proton pump inhibitors, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our team for a confidential consultation as soon as possible.

 

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Popular Reflux Drugs May Increase Stomach Cancer Risk

Are you one of the millions of Americans taking prescription medication for heartburn or acid reflux?

If so, you could be at an increased risk of developing stomach cancer. New research has revealed a disturbing link between popular acid reflux and heartburn medications and stomach cancer. People taking drugs known as proton pump inhibitors are frequently seeking relief from heartburn-related issues, but researchers have noted that anyone struggling with bacterial infections may also have been prescribed the drugs. Regardless of the reasons for taking the medication, people on PPIs for extended periods of time were more likely to develop stomach cancer than those not taking the drugs.

Understanding the Research

This study was recently published in an academic journal with research from scientists from around the world. No details about the funding of the research has been released. The people being studied for this research had been taking PPIs for three or more years. Results of the study show a significant connection between stomach cancer and PPIs. This study supports that the reality is– the longer people were on the drugs, the more likely they were to develop stomach cancer.

Takeaways

Research like this should not lead to any rash decisions in those taking PPIs. Instead, anyone concerned about their use of the drug should speak with their doctor about the likelihood of developing stomach cancer.

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Have you or a loved one taken a proton pump inhibitor? Were you later diagnosed with stomach or gastric cancer? If so, contact us for a free consultation. PPIs have been linked to an increased risk of stomach cancer.

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Heartburn Drugs Linked to Stomach Cancer

Long-term use of proton pump inhibitors like Nexium and Prilosec could lead to an increased risk of stomach cancer. That’s the news out of Gut medical journal, an academic publication that focuses on stomach health research. While stomach cancer is somewhat rare, those taking proton pump inhibitors may double their chances of being diagnosed with the deadly disease. More alarmingly, those taking the medications for more than three years increase their odds of developing stomach cancer by eight fold.

How Proton Pump Inhibitors Work

Proton pump inhibitors work by limiting the amount of acid made by the stomach and causing heartburn and acid reflux. The drugs have been undoubtedly effective; Nexium is one of the best-selling drugs for AstraZeneca, the company who makes it. It brought in more than $2 billion in revenue in 2016 alone.

Increased Risk of Mortality

Researchers have begun studying the link between proton pump inhibitors and the increased risk of death in patients taking them. By pouring through medical record data provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the researchers were able to track the usage of PPIs over a person’s lifetime. When comparing patients taking proton pump inhibitors over a different kind of drug called an H2 blocker, they found a 25 percent increase in risk of death. The longer a person took the drug, the greater the risk of developing deadly cancers related to the use of the medication.

PPI Stomach Cancer Lawsuits

If you or a loved one took a PPI, such as Nexium or Prilosec, and was later diagnosed with stomach or gastric cancer, contact us for a free consultation.

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Stomach Cancer Linked to Heartburn Reflux Drugs

IS THIS YOU? You May Be Owed Compensation

  • Have you ever taken a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) drug, such as Nexium, Prilosec, or Prevacid, for reflux or heartburn? Were you diagnosed with stomach, gastric, or esophageal cancer after using a PPI?

Increased Risk of Stomach & Esophageal Cancers

Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs, such as Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid are popular medications used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). A recent study suggests that the long-term use of PPIs may increase your risk of developing stomach & esophageal cancer.

PPI Stomach Cancer & Esophageal Cancer Lawsuits

If you’ve taken a proton pump inhibitor, such as Nexium, Prilosec, or Prevacid, and you were later diagnosed with stomach cancer, contact us about a potential lawsuit. The consultation is free, and our no fee promise means you don’t owe us any legal fees unless we settle or win your case.

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Study: Prilosec may cause kidney damage

When we visit our doctor with health concerns, we expect quality, thorough treatment that examines all options, treatments and risks. And when that doctor writes a prescription, we expect that medication to have been fully researched, studied and tested long before it ever reaches our local pharmacy. For the most part, this is true. But new research shows the popular heartburn medication Prilosec may have a scary side effect: kidney damage.

Deadly risks

Prilosec is a PPI – proton pump inhibitor. That’s a kind of drug used to treat gastric acid production. While useful at treating acid reflux and heartburn, PPIs have been shown to increase the risk of kidney disease by 28 percent when compared with other, safer treatment methods. In the study published by the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, risks of developing end-stage kidney failure was 96 percent for users of PPIs when compared to alternative medication options.

In 2013, 15 million people were prescribed Prilosec. Prilosec, along with other heartburn drugs like Nexium and Prevacid, is also available over the counter. There’s no telling exactly how many people might have taken these drugs.

No warning

While no medication is without its side effects, the makers of Prilosec failed to warn patients and the doctors who treat them about the risks of kidney damage. Considering that there are alternative treatment options for those taking Prilosec, this is highly problematic. Did drug makers Proctor & Gamble know about the risks associated with their drug and fail to list kidney damage as one of the side effects? Are doctors overprescribing a potentially harmful drug when safer options exist? The answers to such difficult questions aren’t immediately clear.

Contact Our Lawyers About A Potential Lawsuit

If you’ve taken a PPI, such as Nexium or Prilosec, and developed a chronic kidney disease, contact our lawyers about a potential lawsuit. The consultation is free, and you pay no legal fees unless we settle or win your case.

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Did Heartburn Meds Cause Your Stomach Cancer or Kidney Complications?

New Studies Show Doubled Risk of Stomach Cancer and 20-50% Increased Risk of Kidney Complications With Nexium®, Prilosec® & Prevacid®

Complications include…

  • Stomach cancer (or gastric cancer)
  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • Acute kidney injuries (AKI)
  • Interstitial Nephritis (AIN)
  • Kidney / renal failure
  • Dialysis or kidney transplant

ALARMING NEWS: Studies published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the peer-reviewed GUT medical journal show commonly used heartburn medications (called proton pump inhibitors) like Nexium®, Prilosec® and Prevacid® are linked to increased risk of stomach cancer and kidney complications.

COULD THIS HAVE CAUSED YOUR CANCER OR KIDNEY PROBLEMS?

If you think you may have been affected by this, you may be eligible for financial compensation for having not been warned of these risks.

Talk to one of our heartburn drug lawsuit lawyers today. We are offering free legal consultations for a limited time. Click the button below (or call us) to discover how you may benefit…

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What Is Happening?

Millions of Americans who have stomach cancer (aka. gastric cancer), or have had an chronic kidney disease or acute kidney injury, are discovering their use of popular heartburn medications, called “Proton Pump Inhibitors”, may be to blame.

The most popular proton pump inhibitors in use today are Nexium®, Prilosec® and Prevacid®. These drugs are used to treat heartburn, indigestion and acid reflux and can be obtained both over the counter (OTC) and by prescription.

Watch the video (to the right) for a quick overview of how these heartburn meds are now under scrutiny for kidney complications (more on cancer, below).

Peer-Reviewed Journal Finds 244% Increase In Stomach Cancer

An 8-year study by the University of Hong Kong of 63,397 patients who had been treated for stomach infection with H. pylori found that patients that took proton pump inhibitor heartburn medications showed a 244% increased risk of developing stomach cancer (aka. gastric cancer), compared to those patients who did not take these heartburn medications.

Johns Hopkins Finds 20-50% Increased Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease

A study conducted by Johns Hopkins and published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that these proton pump inhibitor heartburn medications are linked to a 20 to 50% increased risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD).

1 out of 4 Kidney Disease Patients Previously Took Heartburn Meds

Another study of 24,000 patients found that 1 out of 4 chronic kidney disease patients had previously been treated with one of these proton pump inhibitor heartburn drugs.

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Other Studies Link These Heartburn Meds To Acute Kidney Injuries (like Acute Interstitial Nephritis)

Additional studies also show a link between Nexium®, Prilosec® and Prevacid® with acute kidney injuries (AKI), including acute interstitial nephritis.

In fact, the Johns Hopkins study in JAMA found that proton pump inhibitors (Nexium®, Prilosec®, Prevacid®) were independent risk factors for chronic kidney disease and acute kidney injuries (AKI), while H₂ antagonist heartburn drugs (ie. Zantac®, Pepcid®) showed no increased risk.

How These Heartburn Drugs Can Damage Your Kidneys…

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Nexium®, Prilosec® and Prevacid® all treat heartburn, indigestion and acid reflux by reducing the amount of acid produced by the stomach. But doctors and researchers aren’t exactly sure why PPI’s are damaging the kidneys in the process.

Many scientists believe PPI’s cause magnesium levels to drop in patients, which often damages the kidneys. Other researchers believe that kidney function is damaged due to repeated occurrences of acute kidney inflammation — which proton pump inhibitors are linked to.

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What Dr. Oz & The New York Times Say About These Risks…

A growing number of well-known doctors and news outlets are speaking out about the risks of proton pump inhibitor heartburn medications and their link to complications.

Dr. Oz wrote an article in the Idaho Statesman and spoke about the very real risks associated with PPI’s. As well as the fact that research has estimated that up to 70% of prescriptions for these heartburn drugs have no appropriate FDA-approved indication…

“Trouble is, up to two-thirds of people who take PPIs don’t really need them. That may be you if your doctor is not monitoring your use of an OTC version (such as Nexium, Prilosec or Prevacid), or if your doc prescribed one but hasn’t checked to see if you’ve healed.” — Dr. Mehmet Oz

In the New York Times article, pharmacist and past president of the American Geriatrics Society Dr. Todd Semla explained the false sense of safety the comedic drug commercials portray…

“I don’t see Larry the Cable Guy saying, ‘If you take this drug often, your kidneys may be affected or you could break a hip.” — Dr. Todd Semla 

Dr Oz Heartburn

“If you believe that an overweight comedian in a bad shirt knows enough medicine for you to follow his advice, then the ad agencies have got you in their pocket. Read the fine print. That’s where you’ll find important info about the very real risks of PPIs.” — Dr. Mehmet Oz

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What To Do If You Were Diagnosed With Stomach Cancer or Kidney Complications
…And Had Previously Used Nexium®, Prilosec® or Prevacid®

The law protects patients from dangerous drugs that can cause serious harm…

If you (or a loved one) used a Nexium®, Prilosec® or Prevacid® for heartburn (or related conditions) and was subsequently diagnosed with stomach cancer or kidney complications, this may be the most important message you will ever read.

Here is why…

These popular heartburn medications (called proton pump inhibitors)have been linked to many of the following complications…

  • Stomach cancer (aka. gastric cancer)
  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • Acute kidney injury (AKI)
  • Kidney or renal failure
  • Acute interstitial nephritis (AIN)
  • Need for kidney transplant
  • Need for dialysis
  • …and other serious kidney diagnoses

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When Drug Manufacturers Fail To Properly Warn of Dangers, Innocent Patients Become Victims

As a result of the manufacturer of Nexium®, Prilosec® and Prevacid® failing to properly warn patients and doctors of these stomach cancer and kidney risks, you or your loved one likely suffered emotional and physical stress, along with unintended financial burdens — like doctor or hospital visits, time off work, necessary treatments and/or surgeries to help with your kidney complications.

Why should you suffer and be responsible for the stress caused by a drug manufacturer’s mistake?

As a victim of a drug that potentially FAILED to properly warn you of such kidney risks with their medication, you may be entitled to what are called “money damages”, which is just a fancy legal term for money awarded from individual lawsuits, settlements and class action lawsuits.

All potential Nexium®, Prilosec® and Prevacid® lawsuits are currently being investigated on the grounds that AstraZeneca® (maker of Nexium® & Prilosec®) and Takeda® (maker of Prevacid®)…

  • failed to properly warn patients and doctors of known risks

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How To Pursue Financial Compensation If You (Or A Loved One) Was Affected…

Our legal team has reviewed the available evidence and our experience tells us that we are in prime position to represent victims effectively who have suffered health and financial consequences due both the prescription and over-the-counter versions of the Nexium®, Prilosec® and Prevacid® medications.

We are currently accepting cases nationally from all 50 states.

Get A Free Legal Consultation With Our Heartburn Drug Lawyers Today

For a limited time, our heartburn drug lawsuit lawyers are offering FREE legal consultations to those who may have suffered both physically and financially due to Nexium®, Prilosec® and Prevacid®.

This is your opportunity to have a conversation with an experienced attorney who can answer all your questions and help you determine if you are eligible to pursue financial compensation.

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Act Now Because There Is A Limited Window of Time To Pursue A Legal Case

There is a very small window of time for victims to seek financial compensation after an injury — it is called the “statute of limitations” and the time window for pursuing a case is different in each state.

So please do not wait to speak to an attorney because you do not want to miss your opportunity to pursue a proton pump inhibitor settlement or lawsuit.

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This consultation is FREE. There is no-risk and absolutely no obligation. This is simply your opportunity to understand if you have a case and what the process is for pursuing financial compensation.

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