Miami Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawyer
Individuals who are suffering from acid reflux or ulcers often try proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in an effort to reduce the amount of acid made by the glands in the lining of the stomach. There are a variety of different PPI medications and not all of them have proven safe for consumers, with some causing headache, nausea, and diarrhea and others being linked to infections, bone fractures, and certain cancers. Some PPI medications can also alter the way that certain drugs work, including specific kinds of blood thinners and anti-seizure medications.
Unfortunately, many PPI users are unaware of these side effects before taking the medications, which can have significant repercussions on their health. When these kinds of problems can be linked to a drug manufacturer’s failure to properly label its products or warn consumers of its risks, the company could be held liable by injured parties. To learn more, please reach out to one of our experienced Miami proton pump inhibitor lawyers today.
What are Proton Pump Inhibitors?
Proton pump inhibitors are a type of medication that attempts to reduce the production of acid by blocking enzymes in the walls of the stomach, thereby preventing the creation of ulcers in the esophagus and stomach. PPIs can also be used in combination with antibiotics to eradicate certain types of bacteria, which can cause ulcers. While most PPIs are similar in purpose and effect, they do often differ in how they are broken down by the liver and how they interact with other medications, both of which can have significant repercussions on a patient’s health.
Risks of Long-Term Use
Taking a PPI comes with the risk of a number of side effects, including:
- Vomiting and nausea;
- Rash; and
- Abdominal pain.
Long-term treatment with PPIs, however, can cause even more severe side effects. PPIS can, for instance, increase the risk of infection of the colon, and when used for a year or more, can significantly increase the risk of osteoporosis-related fractures of the spine, wrist, and hip. Prolonged use has also been linked to the reduction of vitamin B12 absorption, an increased risk of heart attack, serious allergic reaction, and reduced kidney or liver function. Long-term use has even been linked to certain gastric cancers.
Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuits
Drug manufacturers are required to warn consumers of the risks of using their products. This includes the mandatory disclosure not only of short-term side effects, but also explanations of the risks of using medications on a long-term basis. Companies that fail to fulfill this duty can be held liable by wronged consumers who were injured as a result.
Were You Injured After Taking a Proton Pump Inhibitor?
For help filing your own PPI lawsuit, please reach out to one of the experienced Miami proton pump inhibitor lawyers at Spencer Morgan Law. A member of our team can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 305-423-3800 or via online message.