Proton pump inhibitors or PPIs have been commonly prescribed for treating acid reflux, peptic ulcers, and indigestion. However, many people did now know that these drugs can cause some side effects including impaired nutrient absorption and altered gut environment. If you are one of these victims, you should schedule a consultation with a Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawyer to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
How Do PPIs Work?
PPIs can be bought over-the-counter. They work by stopping protons or potassium production in parietal cells. These cells are where hydrochloric acid and most stomach water come from. Typically, heartburn results from excess stomach acids these cells produce. Thus, inhibiting the proton pump allows PPIs to minimize stomach acidity and prevent acid reflux’ burning sensation.
Risks Associated with Long-Term PPI Use
When used for a long time, PPIs are believed to increase the risk of heart attacks. They minimize nitric oxide production, promoting blood vessel dilation and improving blood flow. Also, long-term users of these drugs can develop chronic kidney disease and even end-stage renal disease.
Moreover, the use of PPIs also reduces the amount of stomach acids produce, minimizing the amount of acids the gut gets. However, the gut needs a certain amount of these acids to keep a healthy pH balance, necessary for gut health. A lot of microorganisms normally destroyed in the stomach can reach the gut, increasing a person’s risk of getting foodborne diseases such as Listeria and Salmonella. Also, the use of the drugs affects the ability of the user to absorb nutrients over time. A study even claims that PPPs can impair cognitive function. If you suffer a serious illness after taking a PPI, an attorney who specializes in your case can help you recover compensation.
Currently, drugmaker AstraZeneca and other PPI makers are facing PPI lawsuits. Such companies were aware of the health risk for many years; however, chose not to warn people of the dangers. The lawsuits include allegations such as fraud, negligence, misbranding, failure to warn PPI side effects, deceptive advertising, and others. If companies that manufacture PPIs warn patients of the dangers their medications come with, patients would be educated enough to select an alternative medication for treating their heartburn. A PPI lawyer can file a lawsuit on behalf of victims. This type of lawsuit can involve complex medical and legal issues, so victims should not go through the process on their own.