November 28, 2016

Over the Counter Heartburn Drugs with Serious Side Effects

Nexium and Prilosec, two brand name over the counter heartburn drugs, have recently been discovered to have unexpected dangerous side effects. Both of these drugs are proton pump inhibiting, meaning that they work to reduce the production of acid in the body. Proton Pump Inhibitors such as these are used for a variety of reasons including ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. They are also frequently the first types of medication which doctors consider prescribing to treat heart burn.

Nexium and Prilosec have now been associated with chronic kidney disease, kidney failure, interstitial nephritis, renal failure, birth defects, and heart attacks.

While many are eager to turn to these drugs for heartburn, doctors suggest that sometimes a solution can be reached without medication. Weight loss and avoiding precipitating foods are often a remedy. Always be sure to consider the risks and benefits of taking heartburn medication and discuss your options with a health professional.

If you have taken either of these drugs, beware of the symptoms of chronic kidney disease, heart attack, or other dangerous side effects.

Symptoms of Chromic Kidney Disease include:
  • Edema or swelling
  • Fluid in lungs
  • Arrhythmia
  • Hypertension
  • Lab electrolyte abnormalities
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Inability to urinate
  • Fatigue

Symptoms of Heart Attack include:
  • Sudden pain in chest, back, arm, abdomen or jaw
  • Feelings of pressure on chest
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Intense need to defecate
  • Sudden anxiety
  • Dizziness

Other Symptoms:
  • Dizziness
  • Pain in joints or muscles
  • Headache
  • Intestinal complaints including pain, nausea and diarrhea
  • Unpleasant aftertaste
  • Rash
  • Anxiety

If you have experienced any of these symptoms while taking Nexium or Prilosec, please contact your healthcare professional immediately. You may also be eligible to receive compensation for your suffering. Lawsuits are being filed around the country against the manufacturers of these drugs. With four decades of experience, the law firm of Rudolph F.X. Migliore, P.C. is positioned to help those who have been harmed by these medications. Our law office co-councils with a nationwide network of law firms, providing you with powerful representation and local, personal service. 

Call our New York office at 631-543-3663 to arrange a no cost, no obligation consultation to find out how an attorney can help you.

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