Many people with acid reflux take medications like Dexilant. Unfortunately, recent studies have found that long-term treatment could significantly increase the risk of nephritis, acute kidney injury, and chronic kidney disease. The FDA has recently strengthened warnings about kidney inflammation from Dexilant.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Dexilant induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with kidney damage, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
UPDATE: Heartburn Drugs Increase Risk of Death
July 2017 — Researchers have linked the use of PPI heartburn drugs with up to a 50% increased risk of death compared to H2-blocker heartburn drugs, according to a study published in the journal BMJ Open. The researchers estimated 1 excess death per 500 people who take a PPI. Click here to read more.
Can Heartburn Medications Kill You?
What is Dexilant?
Dexilant is the brand-name for dexlansoprazole, an anti-heartburn drug that was approved in January 2009 under the name Kapidex. It is a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) that reduces stomach acid.
Dexilant and Kidney Diseases
Evidence linking PPIs and kidney problems has been growing for decades. However, it was not until December 2014 that the FDA updated the label on Dexilant to include acute interstitial nephritis — kidney inflammation and swelling due to an allergic reaction that can lead to kidney failure. Symptoms of nephritis and kidney injury may include:
- Changes in urine output
- Fatigue or unusual drowsiness
- Nausea, vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Persistent itching
- Malaise (generally feeling unwell)
- Fluid retention
- Swelling in the body due to excess fluid
Studies Linking PPIs and Kidney Disease
In April 2015, a study published by Canadian researchers in CMAJ Open found that older adults on long-term treatment with PPIs were three times as likely to develop nephritis, and 2.5-times more likely to develop acute kidney injury.
More recently, a study published in February 2016 by Dr. Morgan Grams of Johns Hopkins University found a 15% increased risk of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) associated with once-daily doses of PPIs. People on twice-daily doses had a 46% increased risk of CKD.
What is the problem?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is nationally recognized as a class action law firm, but our lawyers are filing individual lawsuits rather than a class action against the manufacturers of Dexilant. We are currently evaluating cases involving kidney side effects, such as:
- Interstitial nephritis
- Renal impairment
- Acute kidney injury
- Kidney inflammation
- Chronic kidney disease
- Kidney failure
About Class Actions
Class actions are useful in certain circumstances, especially when a lot of people are victims of discrimination or fraud. They are designed to maximize efficiency and resolve a lot of legal claims at once. Any payout is typically shared among everyone who joins the class action.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action
For individuals with very severe injuries, class actions can have disadvantages. They are not designed to maximize compensation for personal injury plaintiffs. Members may also have to accept “low-ball” settlements or higher attorneys’ fees.
Our lawyers file individual lawsuits so we can focus on helping people with the most serious injuries. We specialize in holding drug-makers accountable for selling dangerous medications and failing to warn about side effects. If you were injured by Dexilant, you could receive compensation for you injury, medical expenses, and more.
Do I have a Dexilant Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Dexilant induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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