Zegerid Injury Lawsuits
Heartburn and ulcers can be incredibly painful. Zegerid is very effective in treating these and other health conditions. However, studies have revealed that taking Zegerid can seriously damage your health. The popular proton pump inhibitor is believed to cause acute kidney injury, chronic kidney damage, and renal failure.
Have you or someone you love developed kidney problems while taking Zegerid? Contact Rosen injury lawyers for immediate legal assistance. Lawsuits across the country claim that Bayer has knowingly marketed a very dangerous drug. If you’ve been injured, you may have the right to file a lawsuit of your own.
Our experienced attorneys can help you fight for the money you deserve. Your first consultation is free, so call us for help today.
Zegerid Lawsuits Accuse Bayer of Hiding Health Risks
Zegerid and other proton pump inhibitors – including Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid – have been popular for nearly two decades. Millions of Americans take Zegerid every day. Unfortunately, the public is just becoming aware of the dangers associated with the widely used drug. Patients are realizing that their health declines rapidly when they use Zegerid for an extended period of time.
Lawsuits filed in court across the country claim that Bayer, the pharmaceutical company responsible for Zegerid, has known about the health risks linked to the drug for years. Despite this knowledge, the company continued to market its money-making drug quite aggressively. You’ve probably seen ads for Zegerid on billboards, in magazines, and right in your own living room on TV.
These marketing campaigns fail to pass along information about risks associated with taking Zegerid. The decision to keep this information from the public has stripped Zegerid users of the right to make informed decisions about their health. There are other treatments for heartburn and acid reflux that do not carry the same risks as Zegerid.
Now, Zegerid users are struggling with a host of serious health issues that could have been avoided if they’d known all of the facts. Zegerid injury lawsuits are demanding that the company be held accountable for harm caused by the popular drug.
Can I File a Zegerid Injury Lawsuit?
Zegerid is used by millions of Americans every day. In 2016, doctors wrote more than 22 million prescriptions for Zegerid, making it the 25th most prescribed drug in the nation. Zegerid is also available over-the-counter (OTC), making it readily available for individuals with minor heartburn problems.
As a result, the dangers of Zegerid are not limited to a small group of people. Anyone who has taken the drug may be at risk.
If you’ve suffered health complications because of Zegerid, you shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences on your own. You may have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against Bayer if you’ve:
- Taken prescription or OTC Zegerid to treat heartburn, ulcers, or other health issues, and
- Developed acute or chronic kidney issues.
Only an experienced Zegerid injury lawyer can tell you if you have a legitimate case. Contact Rosen injury lawyers for a free, no obligation case assessment. Our lawyers are here to help you hold Bayer accountable for your avoidable injuries.
What is Zegerid?
Zegerid belongs to a class of medications known as proton pump inhibitors or PPIs. PPIs are designed to treat painful and debilitating health issues that are directly related to the overproduction of gastric acid. Doctors commonly prescribed Zegerid to treat:
- Acid reflux
- Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, and
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
In some cases, Zegerid is prescribed in conjunction with other medications – including NSAIDs – to treat and prevent potentially dangerous h pylori infections.
How Does Zegerid Work?
Heartburn, ulcers, and acid reflux occur when the stomach produces too much gastric acid. When you take Zegerid, the drug limits the amount of acid at the stomach can produce and secrete. This gives the body time to heal itself from damage caused by the acid.
Zegerid is only intended to be a short-term solution. It’s now well-established that gastric acid plays a critical role in everyday bodily functions. Limiting the availability of gastric acid in the body can lead to severe and potentially fatal health complications.
Zegerid Risks, Side Effects, and Complications
Health risks associated with the long-term use of Zegerid and Zegerid IV include:
- Kidney injuries
- C-diff infection
- Liver damage
- Broken bones
- Heart attack, and
Seek medical assistance immediately if you begin to experience any unusual side effects while taking Zegerid. Prompt medical attention is critical in limiting the damage Zegerid can do to your health.
Zegerid May Increase Risk of Death
Pharmaceutical companies are required to disclose any known health risks that may occur when you take a particular drug. Full disclosure gives patients the right and opportunity to make informed decisions about their medical care. If a patient believes that a drug is too risky, they may choose an alternative line of treatment.
This is critical, especially when studies reveal that Zegerid, when compared to other heartburn medications, carries an increased risk of death. According to a British study, using Zegerid increases the risk of premature death by as much as 25 percent. The same is not true for H2 blockers, another type of medication used to treat heartburn.
Study Reveals Link Between Zegerid and Kidney Damage
Taking Zegerid made you are repairable damage to your kidneys and overall health. Several studies have established a link between long-term Zegerid use and kidney injuries, including:
- Acute interstitial nephritis
- Acute kidney injury
- Chronic kidney disease, and
- Renal failure.
Zegerid users may be 20 to 50 percent more likely than others to suffer from these conditions. Unfortunately, these kidney issues may develop quietly. New research reveals that half of all PPI users who developed chronic kidney disease did not exhibit any symptoms of acute kidney injury.
Call For Help With Your Zegerid Injury Lawsuit
Kidney injuries are physically, emotionally, and financially devastating. Taking a prescription medication like Zegerid shouldn’t cause this type of harm. Bayer knew that it was a risk, but didn’t warn you. You can hold Bayer accountable by filing a Zegerid injury lawsuit. Our attorneys can help.
Contact our law firm today to learn about your legal rights and options. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Our experienced attorneys can help you make sure that you get every penny you deserve. Your first consultation is free, so call for assistance today.