Prevacid is a drug designed to treat problems with the stomach and connected systems. It can be used to treat acid reflux, esophageal damage, and stomach ulcers. The active ingredient in Prevacid that gives it this effect is called lansoprazole.
Recently, a link was discovered between Prevacid and serious side effects such as kidney disease, renal failure, heart attack and more. If you or a loved one were prescribed Prevacid and have experienced any of these side effects, you should speak to a lawyer about filing a Prevacid lawsuit.
Is it safe?
PPIs like Prevacid have been prescribed for years and can help treat stomach issues when used properly. Taken in large doses, however, the risks of Prevacid become more clear. Individuals who are most at risk of the dangerous side effects of Prevacid are those who have taken the drug everyday for years on end. This is especially true for people who take PPIs more than once per day. According to one study, taking PPIs more than once daily for a long period of time can increase the risk of kidney disease by 20 to 50 percent.
PPIs are safe when used on a short-term basis and combined with dietary changes. When you’ve got your diet on track, you should stop taking Prevacid.
The FDA has warned about the dangers of Prevacid and other PPI (proton pump inhibitor) drugs. These include the link between PPIs and hip fractures, PPI dependency caused by producing too much acid after stopping medication, a higher risk of birth defects when taking PPIs, and the risk of lowering magnesium levels to the point that it can cause cardiac, muscle and neurological problems.
One study showed that frequently taking PPIs like Prevacid may increase your risk of suffering a heart attack by as much as 21 percent. The worst part is, this same risk was present even when the patient is perfectly healthy.
Because of the large number of people affected by Prevacid, lawsuits have been filed throughout the country. People are still being prescribed these drugs and using them long term, and many of these people are eventually having problems with one of the side effects listed above. If you suspect you have a side effect due to taking Prevacid for an extended period of time, the first thing you should do is seek medical help.
If you or a loved one has suffered kidney failure, renal failure, or another side effect from taking Prevacid, your next step should be talking to a lawyer about filing a Prevacid lawsuit.