Prevacid Injury Lawsuits
Prevacid has been one of the most widely-prescribed proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in the United States for more than a decade. Research now suggests that long-term use increases the risk of serious health issues, including kidney disease and life-threatening infections. Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the company behind the popular heartburn drug, is being sued for failing to warn consumers about these risks.
Have you developed chronic kidney disease or other health issues while taking Prevacid? Contact Rosen Injury Lawyers to learn about your legal options. You may have the right to file a lawsuit and recover compensation for your injuries. Our experienced PPI injury lawyers can help you maximize your financial award. Call our law firm to schedule your free confidential case evaluation today.
Takeda Pharmaceutical Sued for Prevacid Injuries
Prevacid, Prevacid 24 HR, and Prevacid IV are associated with several adverse health events. Research now suggests that Takeda Pharmaceutical knew, or should have known, about the potential risks associated with its popular PPIs. The drug company is facing an increasing number of product liability lawsuits in state and federal courts across the country.
Prevacid injury lawsuits claim, among other things, that:
- Prevacid is defective and unreasonably dangerous
- Takeda Pharmaceutical knew about Prevacid’s potential health risks, and
- Takeda Pharmaceutical failed to warn medical professionals and consumers about those risks.
Pharmaceutical companies have to make sure that the products they create and market are safe for patients to use. Any known risks or hazards must be fully disclosed. Takeda and other PPI manufacturers can be financially liable if patients are harmed because of these undisclosed and unreasonably dangerous risks.
Can I File a Prevacid Injury Lawsuit?
Prevacid is aggressively advertised on TV, in magazines, and on billboards across the country. Those advertisements pay off. It’s estimated that Prevacid is prescribed to more than 4.8 million Americans every year. Prevacid is now available over-the-counter (OTC), making it one of the most regularly consumed heartburn medications in the United States.
You trusted these advertisements. Maybe you even asked your doctor to prescribe Prevacid instead of Prilosec, Nexium, or other PPIs. You didn’t know that taking a simple heartburn medication could have disastrous consequences. Why? Because you weren’t warned about the risks. Now you’re dealing with health issues that might affect you for the rest of your life.
You may want to consider filing a Prevacid injury lawsuit if you have:
- Used Prevacid to treat active duodenal ulcers or other conditions caused by excessive stomach acid, and
- Developed kidney injuries or other health conditions while taking the PPI medication.
Rosen Injury Lawyers can help you pursue compensation from Takeda Pharmaceutical. Contact our experienced legal team to schedule a free consultation. Our PPI injury lawyers will review your case, explain your rights, and answer any questions you have.
What is Prevacid?
Prevacid, also known by the generic name lansoprazole, is one of the country’s most popular proton pump inhibitor medications. Like other PPIs, Prevacid can be used to treat:
- Acid reflux
- GERD (Gastrointestinal reflux disease), and
- Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Prevacid is primarily prescribed for the short-term treatment of active duodenal ulcers. The PPI can also be used in conjunction with amoxicillin and clarithromycin to treat adults with H. pylori infections and chronic duodenal ulcer disease.
How Does Prevacid Work?
Prevacid is used to treat health conditions related to the production or release of excessive stomach acid. The drug works by blocking the release of gastric acid in the stomach. Limiting the amount of acid that’s produced by the stomach can give the body time to heal.
Unfortunately, studies now suggest that stomach acid plays an incredibly important role in our health and well being. Suppressing gastric acid with PPIs, including Prevacid, has been linked to a host of adverse health issues.
Prevacid Risks and Complications
Studies have linked Prevacid, Prevacid 24 HR, and Prevacid IV with several adverse health issues. Complications and risks associated with the use of Prevacid include:
- Acute Interstitial Nephritis (AIN)
- Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)
- Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
- End-Stage Renal Disease
- Renal failure
- Liver damage
- C-Diff infections
- Colon and intestinal infections
- Broken bones
- Erythema Multiforme
- Heart attack, and
Have you experienced any of these health issues while taking Prevacid? Contact your doctor right away. Early diagnosis and intervention can limit the damage your PPI drug may cause.
Research Reveals Link Between Prevacid Use and Kidney Failure
Prevacid was one of the first proton pump inhibitors to be approved by the FDA. Decades ago, pharmaceutical companies and medical experts believed that there were no huge risks associated with taking Prevacid or other PPIs. However, new research reveals that Prevacid may increase the risk of developing chronic kidney disease.
Acute Kidney Injury: A 2015 study found that Prevacid users may be 2.5 times more likely to develop acute kidney injury. The same study revealed that Prevacid users were 3 times more likely than non-PPI users to develop acute interstitial nephritis.
Chronic Kidney Disease: One study found that taking Prevacid “more than once a day or for extended periods of time” increased the risk of CKD by 20 to 50 percent. Prevacid is only intended to be used for short-term treatment – approximately two weeks – of certain ulcer-related health issues.
Unfortunately, many Prevacid users aren’t aware that long-term use of the drug could seriously jeopardize their health. Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the company behind Prevacid, has failed to warn patients about these risks.
Prevacid May Increase Your Risk of a Heart Attack
Prevacid may increase the risk of a heart attack, even if you have no history of heart disease or failure. In fact, one study found that taking Prevacid increased the likelihood of a heart attack by 21 percent.
Risk of Stomach Cancer May Increase While Taking Prevacid
Gastric acid plays a vital role in the body. Preventing the stomach from producing acid can result in systemic health issues. New studies reveal that long-term suppression of stomach acid may also contribute to certain types of cancer. Research suggests that Prevacid users may be three times more likely to suffer from stomach cancer.
Get Help With Your Prevacid Injury Lawsuit
Have you developed kidney problems or other health issues while taking Prevacid, Prevacid 24 HR, or Prevacid IV? Contact Rosen Injury Lawyers for immediate legal assistance. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Our compassionate attorneys are prepared to help you fight for the money you deserve. Your first consultation is free, so schedule your call today.