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FDA Recommended Heartburn Drugs May Cause Kidney Failure and Osteoperosis

It appears that most drugs like Zantac, Prilosec, and others have severe side effects greater than the benefits of reducing stomach discomfort

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - When the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned Zantac last month from sales in the United States the agency was quick to point out that heartburn sufferers need not quit heartburn medications cold-turkey but should consider switching antacid brands to one that has not tested positive for NDMA, the carcinogen that is allegedly causing all types of gastrointestinal, stomach and bladder cancer. The FDA may be changing their tune about recommending non-NDMA brands Nexium, Prevacid, and the best-selling Prilosec, however, now that close to 15,000 lawsuits have been filed that accuse the over-the-counter medication of causing kidney failure, osteoporosis, and other serious health problems. Prilosec has been on the FDA's list of heartburn medications to switch to for those that are unable to get Zantac because of the FDA ban and company recall. Zantac users that have developed stomach, bladder, esophageal, gastrointestinal, prostate and other types of cancer have consulted a Zantac cancer attorney for a free consultation to see if they qualify to file a claim against Sanofi, the maker of the medication. Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid are also considered a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medications that prevent the stomach from producing acid.

In lawsuits filed by Zantac cancer lawyers, plaintiffs allege that PPI drug manufacturers were negligent in failing to warn consumers of kidney failure and bone density weakening the side effects of their drugs. "Each of the claims raises similar allegations that users and the medical community were not adequately warned the widely used heartburn medications may increase the risk of chronic kidney disease, acute kidney injury, kidney failure, and other side effects," according to the online publication. Because of the similarities in the scientific allegations these and future lawsuits have been consolidated before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in multidistrict litigation (MDL). MDL is not the same as a class action lawsuits as each case is treated individually but certain pre-trial procedures such as discovery are common to all, unclogging the courts of repetitive procedures. According to About Lawsuits plaintiffs are focusing on prior studies that indicated that PPI drugs may cause additional health risks that have not been addressed by the manufacturers in the form of a product warning: AL writes: "a study published in April 2016, in which researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs found that users of Nexium, Prilosec or other PPIs may be 96% more likely to develop kidney failure and 28% more likely to develop chronic kidney disease after five years of use." Kidney damage is especially deadly as studies show that it develops silently along with high blood pressure until the damage has occurred and it is too late. Heartburn sufferers are encouraged to make definitive lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking or drinking alcohol and coffee, eating a plant-based diet, exercising more, and trying to reduce stress at work and home with meditation and long walks.

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