Zegerid is an anti-heartburn drug that may increase the risk of kidney side effects, nephritis, stomach cancer, and other severe side effects.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Zegerid induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with a severe side effect, 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.
Zegerid and Stomach Cancer
In November 2017, a study published in the journal Gut found a doubled (2X) higher risk of stomach cancer for people who were on long-term treatment with heartburn medications in the Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) class, which includes popular antacids like Zegerid.
Heartburn Drugs May 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 Zegerid?
Zegerid and Kidney Problems
Zegerid contains omeprazole, a Proton-Pump Inhibitor (PPI) that has been on the market for decades. Omeprazole was linked to 17 case reports of nephritis during the 1990s, and dozens more cases have been linked to other PPIs.
FDA Adds Nephritis to Zegerid Label
The label on Zegerid was updated by the FDA to include nephritis in December 2014. According to the FDA, nephritis is an allergic reaction that causes kidney inflammation and swelling. In many cases, it occurs weeks or months after starting treatment with a PPI.
Studies Link Heartburn Drugs and Kidney Disease
In recent years, a number of studies have found evidence of kidney risks associated with PPIs. One study published in April 2015 by Canadian researchers found a 2.5-fold increased risk of acute kidney injury and a tripled increased risk of nephritis.
Another study published by JAMA Internal Medicine in February 2016 found that people who used PPIs twice a day were 46% more likely to be diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
Kidney Disease Complications
The kidneys are resilient and early symptoms of kidney damage may be vague or non-specific. This can delay diagnosis of kidney disease and increase the risk of long-term complications. When then the kidneys stop cleaning the blood and performing other functions, complications like high blood pressure, heart disease, anemia, weak bones, and other problems can occur.
What is the problem?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is nationally recognized as a class action law firm. However, our lawyers are not filing a Zegerid class action. Instead, we are filing individual lawsuits and focusing on cases involving severe problems, such as:
- Acute interstitial nephritis
- Kidney failure
- Kidney damage
- Kidney inflammation
- Renal disease
- Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
- Stomach cancer
About Class Actions
Class action lawsuits are helpful when a lot of people have similar legal claims against the same defendant. They are a useful way to seek refunds after buying defective products. Class actions also commonly resolve claims involving fraud or discrimination.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action
Class actions are designed for efficiency rather than maximizing the payout for individuals with severe injuries. Individuals in a class action may have to accept “low-ball” settlements or higher attorneys’ fees. It is very uncommon for consumer class actions to go to trial.
Our trial lawyers are filing individual lawsuits so we can help people with severe injuries seek compensation for their pain and suffering, medical expenses, and more. We specialize in helping victims of dangerous drugs seek justice from drug-makers who fail to warn about severe side effects.
Do I have a Zegerid Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Zegerid induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with severe side effects, 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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