Popular heartburn medications including Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid may be responsible for triggering heart attacks. The attorneys of D. Miller & Associates are investigating whether our clients might be able to file a legal claim due to non disclosure of this potentially fatal risk. We have lots of experience helping victims of defective drugs and medical devices.
A recent study from Houston Methodist and Stanford University shows that these drugs and others in the category of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) might increase the risk of cardiac events by up to 20%.
The researchers examined data for 2.9 million patients which showed an increased risk of heart attacks in those using PPI’s. The same medical records did not show this risk in those that use H2 blockers, another category of antacid drugs.
Dr. Nicholas Leeper, senior author of this study said in a press release: “These drugs may not be as safe as we think.”
PPIs are prescribed to prevent and treat ulcer in the duodenum as well as chronic stomach acid problems including GERD. GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) occurs when stomach acid regulaly enters the esophagus. It is estimated that as many as 20% of Americans experience bouts of either acid or gastroesophageal reflux.
Other known side effects of PPIs include:
• Vitamin B12 and iron deficiency
• Risk of bone fractures
• Possible pneumonia risk
While this study doesn’t prove cause and effect as the patients may have other underlying factors that might have contributed to the increased heart attack risk such as smoking, drinking, or obesity. However, previous studies have also suggested that PPIs may plan a part in developing cardiovascular disease.
If you are currently taking PPIs such as Nexium to treat your acid reflux, don’t stop without discussing your options with your doctor. You may want to ask if you could replace your prescription with a different medication or a non-drug strategy such as losing weight or adjusting your diet.
Legal Help for Heart Attack After Using Nexium
If you took the medication Nexium or other PPIs and were diagnosed with a heart attack, you may have a legal claim. If it is determined that the drug marketers were negligent in warning of this risk, the experienced attorneys at D. Miller and Associates, PLLC will assist you with all aspects of filing your claim while fighting to get you the compensation you deserve. Although any lawsuit will not lessen what you and your family have gone through, it may give you the monies you will require for past and future medical expenses.
Contact the legal team of D. Miller & Associates, PLLC now.
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