Chronic kidney disease (also known as chronic renal failure) is the gradual loss of kidney function due to damage to the kidneys that decreases their ability to extract waste from the blood, balance out the body’s fluids, and create urine for removal of waste from the bloodstream and body. The National Kidney Foundation estimates that nearly 30 million adults in America suffer from chronic kidney disease, and millions of other individuals are at increased risk of developing it, some possibly from taking PPIs sold by major pharmaceutical manufacturers.
Kidney disease is often detected using two simple tests, the first being a urine albumin and serum creatinine test, and the second a test of your blood pressure. A person who is suffering from kidney disease may find themselves sickened by a buildup of wastes in their blood. Additional complications from kidney disease include:
- High blood pressure
- Low blood count (anemia)
- Nerve damage
- Heart disease
- Blood vessel disease
- Weakened bones?
While early detection of kidney disease is often key to preventing even more serious side effects, individuals may find that their symptoms worsen over time and may eventually face complete kidney failure. In the event of failure of the kidneys, the afflicted patient may require dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive.
For individuals who are taking PPIs, recent studies have determined that the risk of chronic kidney disease may increase by up to 50 percent a staggering number. Similar studies have shown that this indeed may be the case, and the amount of time an individual has taken these drugs may directly affect their likelihood of developing serious kidney disease. That’s why the attorneys of Williams Hart & Boundas are investigating these reports and are actively working to help individuals who are suffering from kidney disease caused by PPIs to take action against the drug manufacturers who knowingly let this happen.
If you believe that you or someone you care about may be suffering from chronic kidney disease caused by Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, or any other PPI, you are not alone. Sometimes, individuals do not know the side effects to watch for when it comes to these kinds of ailments, so we have listed some common symptoms that may indicate kidney disease. These symptoms include:
- Tiredness or lack of energy
- Difficulty concentrating
- Trouble sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Dry, itchy skin
- Swollen ankles
- Swollen feet
- Unusual puffiness around the eyes, especially after waking
- Frequent urination, especially at night
If you have taken a PPI and are experiencing these symptoms, it is a good idea to consult a doctor right away, and it is wise to contact an experienced attorney to discuss your legal options. While drug manufacturers have enriched themselves through mass marketing their products to consumers and physicians alike, you do have the power to hold them accountable. Let us handle your case while you attend to the most important matter at hand: your health.