Proton Pump Inhibitors and Bone Fracture Lawsuits
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a group of drugs used to reduce acid production in the stomach.
Popular PPIs, such as Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium are usually prescribed to patients suffering from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) but are sometimes used off-label to treat ulcers, Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome, H. Pylori infection of the stomach and laryngitis.
Studies have shown, however, that extended PPI-use puts a patient at an increased risk of hip, wrist and spinal fracture.
If you or a loved one has been on a PPI regimen and has suffered a bone fracture, you may be eligible for legal recourse.
Contact our PPI bone fracture attorneys to see if you may have a claim.
Proton Pump Inhibitors Linked to Bone Fractures
The stomach contains a pump that produces gastric acid. PPIs work by binding the pump in order to prevent the acid from being pumped into the stomach. While PPIs are effective in blocking acid, they also prevent calcium intake which can cause brittle bones.
In August 2008, the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that PPIs may reduce calcium absorption, leading to an early onset of osteoporosis and bone fractures among patients who took the medication for long periods of time.
Similar studies have found that those who have taken a PPI for five years or longer are at a greater risk of hip fracture, and those who have taken the drugs for seven years or more are at a high risk of bone fractures in general in addition to osteoporosis.
Other common side effects related to prolonged PPI-use include:
- Abdominal pain
- Muscle pain
- Abnormal heartbeat
- Leg cramps
If you or a loved one has suffered from any of these adverse side effects, see your physician immediately. Shortly after, contact one of our PPI bone fracture lawyers to begin exploring your legal options.
Proton Pump Inhibitor Bone Fracture Lawsuit
Every year, about 113.4 million prescriptions for PPIs are written. In May 2010, the FDA required manufacturers of popular PPIs, such as Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium, to list fractures as a potential side effect.
If you or a loved one has suffered a bone fracture after extended PPI-use, you may be eligible to collect compensation for losses from medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages related to your injury.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to PPI bone fracture victims or to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our dangerous drug attorneys, call The Edwards Law Firm today at 1-800-304-9246.