Nexium Side Effects Can Include Kidney Failure, Brittle Bones, and Dementia

For the millions of patients who suffer from heartburn, Nexium® seemed like the answer to a prayer. The over-the-counter drug, available since 2001, reduces the body’s production of stomach acid and alleviates chronic discomfort. Unfortunately, many formerly grateful patients have suffered from serious Nexium side effects. Our San Diego, CA, attorneys are familiar with the potentially serious consequences of this drug. These include decreased bone density, heart problems, muscle spasms, and kidney dysfunction. At San Diego Injury Lawyer, we are committed to helping defective drug victims obtain just compensation. Because Nexium® is a relatively new medication, associated lawsuits are still in the initial phases. Nevertheless, our attorneys can evaluate your case and determine whether you are eligible for the growing legal case. 

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If you are suffering from serious side effects as a result of taking Nexium, a legal claim can help you obtain money to cover your necessary medical treatment.

Minor Nexium Side Effects

Of course, all drugs have some mild side effects that will not typically affect a patient’s overall health. The lesser problems with Nexium can include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
Some of the most alarming news about Nexium came in February 2016. At that time, German researchers announced that the drug could increase the risk of dementia among patients over age 75 by 44%.

Serious Nexium Side Effects

Decreased Bone Density

One of the most serious effects of Nexium® is the impact it can have on bone health. Multiple studies in both the U.S. and Canada have shown that this drug, along with other protein pump inhibitors, could cause a loss of bone density. As a result, patients face a much higher risk for hip, wrist, and spine fractures, as well as osteoporosis. The risks are especially high in patients who take high doses of Nexium and those who take the drug for a year or more. In May of 2010, the FDA required AstraZeneca, the manufacturer of Nexium, to update its warning labels. Additionally, the FDA issued new guidelines for taking the drug. Patients should never take Nexium for more than 14 days at a time, and they should never take more than 3 courses of the medication in a year. They should also report any adverse side effects both to their doctors and to the FDA.

Kidney Dysfunction

Nexium has also been linked to an increased risk for kidney disease. In 2016, JAMA Internal Medicine published a study of the effects of Nexium on kidney function. Over an average of 13.9 years, the study tracked 10,482 patients who took Nexium and other heartburn drugs. During the decade and a half, these patients displayed a 20% to 50% higher chance of developing kidney disease. The risks were highest among those who took two daily doses of the drug.

Cardiovascular Complications

Along with kidney health, Nexium can affect cardiovascular wellness. In 2015, Dr. John Cooke of Houston Methodist Research Institute told reporters that the drug increased patients’ risk for a heart attack by 15% to 20%. In the past, other scientists showed that Nexium harms the lining of the blood vessels that helps to prevent blood clots. Plus, in 2011, the FDA mandated that AstraZeneca warn users that Nexium can reduce magnesium levels. Decreased magnesium can put patients at a higher risk for heart irregularity, muscle spasms, and seizures.

Cognitive Function

Some of the most alarming news about Nexium came in February 2016. At that time, German researchers announced that the drug could increase the risk of dementia among patients over age 75 by 44%. One researcher, Dr. Malaz Boustani, was gravely alarmed by this study. Dr. Boustani is a professor at the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and a spokesman for the American Federation for Aging Research. He said that he planned to tell his patients candidly about the serious implications of this research. 

Are You Suffering from Nexium Side Effects?

If you have experienced any of the serious side effects mentioned above, you may be eligible to join the Nexium lawsuit. A legal claim can help you obtain money to cover your necessary medical treatment. There have already been several individual and class action lawsuits waged against AstraZeneca. Many of them are still pending. However, there is a good chance that they will be settled in the plaintiffs’ favor. Past lawsuits against the manufacturer, requiring them to improve their warning labels, have been successful. Our attorneys are very familiar with defective drug cases, class action lawsuits, and multidistrict litigation. 

Contact Us to Learn More about the Nexium Lawsuit

Having recovered millions of dollars for our clients, we are ready to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve. To learn more about the side effects of Nexium, and to find out if you have a viable legal claim, contact our firm today.