As with many medications, there have been side effects linked to the heartburn drug, Nexium®. However, there may be some problems associated with the drug that are serious and can result in complications for users.
Background: Uses for Nexium®
Nexium® is a medication used to treat heartburn and ulcers of the stomach and small intestine. It comes in both prescription and over-the-counter forms and is in a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). These medications work by interfering with the stomach's acid-producing cells, called proton pumps.
Nexium® and Wrist, Spine, Hip Fractures
Seven epidemiological studies reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) show that people using Nexium® at high prescription levels or for longer than a year have an increased risk of fractures of the:
Any bone fractures are a concern, but fractures of the hip and spine can be especially devastating, greatly interfering with a person's quality of life.
Serious Nexium® Problems, Hip Fractures
According to reports, 15 - 20 percent of persons with hip fractures die within a year of having the fracture. These people are in continuous pain and have severely limited mobility. Many hip fracture patients must recover in a rehabilitation unit or have long-term nursing care.
The elderly are the most likely to die after hip fractures. And, the most common users of PPIs are the elderly. Other Nexium® side effects include:
- Stomach pain
- Dry mouth
Someone with the following severe side effects should call their doctors immediately:
- Blisters or peeling skin
- Problems with breathing or swallowing
- Swelling of the face, tongue, throat, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles or lower legs
Contact a Nexium® Lawyer
If you or a loved one has had a fractured wrist, hip or spine after taking Nexium®, you should consult with Nexium® attorney to find out if you qualify to seek compensation. These serious consequences of taking a PPI deserve to be paid for by the company causing your distress. Our lawyers have experience handling cases in which persons have suffered harm from a pharmaceutical. Contact us today for more information about your specific case.
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