Recently the FDA issued a warning on those using proton pump inhibitors like Nexium for treatment of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and acid reflux. PPI’s treat GERD and heartburn by inhibiting the generation of acid-ions known as protons.The warnings from the FDA were issues as a result of injuries reported and from a study which appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that showed a significant increase in the number of hip fractures for those patients taking a proton-pump inhibitor for more than 1 year. As a result, there are now lawsuits being filed for Nexium injuries by law firms who consider themselves Nexium lawsuit lawyers.
Participants of this UK study were either users of proton-pump inhibitors or subjects who were not taking any kind of acid suppression drugs. Researchers compared more than 13,000 people who had experienced a hip fracture with approximately 135,000 controls. Researchers concluded that the risk for hip fracture among patients who were taking high-dose proton-pump inhibitors (PPI) for over 1 year was significantly increased. Additionally the study showed that the longer a person was taking a PPI, the greater likelihood that they would suffer a broken hip. Patients taking a proton-pump inhibitor for more than 1 year had a 44 percent increased risk of a hip fracture. For those on long term treatment, the increased risk is a whipping 265%. The researchers concluded, “Long-term PPI therapy, particularly at high doses, is associated with an increased risk of hip fracture.” This of course causes great concern for those people who have been taking presciption meds to treat their GERD or heartburn problems. The elderly patients who were not getting enough calcium before taking a PPI are at most risk of these drugs that weaken bones.
Nexium has been marketed as “The Purple Pill” and has been prescribed over 200 millions times since it was first introduced to the market in 2001. Nexium is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), which is an effective treatment for acid reflux disease. PPIs work by turning off many of the “acid pumps” in the stomach’s acid-producing cells. This reduces the amount of acid in the stomach. While Nexium has brought relief to millions of people, of course the concern here is those who have been taking Nexium for long periods of time as result of the studies. If you have suffered a hip fracture while taking Nexium you may want to consider speaking to a lawyer as you may have a potential case against Astra Zeneca, the maker of Nexium. Nexium lawsuits are currently underway as more and more people are suffering broken hips or other bones while taking Nexium and starting to realize that it played a factor in weakening their bones. Those elderly patients with osteoporosis are most at risk. If you are taking Nexium for a long period of time and have not been injured, you should speak to your doctor immediately to get advice on your situation.