Do you Need to File a Claim?
Claims are currently being filed for Heartburn drugs Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid. The companies that make these drugs, Proctor & Gamble, AstraZeneca, and Takeda failed to inform doctors that use of their drugs could cause dementia in the elderly who regularly take the drug. Though the companies claim their drugs are "safe and effective", scientific studies show otherwise.
Why are these Heartburn Drugs Dangerous?
Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid are used to decrease acid in the stomach. Left untreated an individual with these symptoms will experience discomfort known as Heartburn. In a study of 73,00 elderly participants, those who took these drugs regularly were 44% more likely to develop dementia. This number is way too high to ignore. These same drugs have been linked to heart disease and chronic kidney disease.
If You're Currently taking a Heartburn Drug, it's Important you Talk to your Doctor Immediately!
Individuals who regularly take a heartburn drug should not discontinue use until talking to their doctor. Some drugs have side effects that may occur when a drug is discontinued. Talk to your doctor so that you are properly prepared for any side effects that may occur. Be safe and call your doctor first.
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German Study Shows a Link Between Heartburn Drugs and Dementia in Seniors
For years, proton-pump inhibitors, such as Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid, have been used routinely to treat heartburn. According to NPR over 15 million people use Proton-pump inhibitors yearly. But the question remains, "Are these drugs safe"? Scientists have completed multiple studies with the purpose of answer that exact question. NPR stated that these previous studies have shown a risk of heart disease and chronic kidney disease. These findings are what led to the most recent study of the correlation between heartburn drugs and dementia.
Over 73,000 elderly participants were closely studied by German Scientists. The participants tracked their use of the drug and development of dementia. The study did not establish and cause and effect relationship but showed that those who took Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid on a regular basis were 44% more likely to end up with dementia.
Following the publication of the German study, University of Pittsburgh's Lewis Kuller wrote: "Whether PPIs actually cause an increase in the risk of dementia is therefore an important question requiring further evaluation — This is a very important issue given the very high prevalence of pharmacological drugs' long-term use in elderly populations that have a very high risk of dementia."
Proctor & Gamble, the company that creates Prilosec, claims the drug is "safe and effective". However, the study strongly suggests otherwise. AstraZeneca, the company that creates Nexium also suggests their drug is "generally safe and effective when used in accordance with the label."
The drugs may be effective but the most important question still remains, "Are these drugs safe?"