Prevacid is a prescription proton pump inhibitor (PPI) used to treat the symptoms of stomach and intestinal ulcers. It works by decreasing the amount of stomach acid produced. Prevacid lawsuits claim the long-term use of PPI drugs may result in serious life-threatening health conditions. If you are suffering from kidney damage, disease, or failure after taking Prevacid, contact Counsel Hound for a no-cost consultation and case evaluation.

What is Prevacid?

Prevacid is typically used short-term (10 days – 12 weeks), but patients will sometimes use it for longer periods of time depending on the required treatment. Unlike other forms of medication, Prevacid may take several days and doses to begin working. Prevacid comes in prescription and over-the-counter forms; both forms use lansoprazole as the active ingredient. Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Inc. manufactures and trademarks Prevacid.[1]

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Prevacid for the following uses:[2]

  • Duodenal Ulcers: short-term treatment and maintenance,
  • H. Pylori treatment,
  • Benign Gastric Ulcer: short-term treatment,
  • NSAID-associated Gastric ulcer: healing and risk reduction,
  • GERD: short-term treatment,
  • Erosive Esophagitis: healing maintenance.

Common side effects of Prevacid include but are not limited to:[3]

  • Abdominal pain,
  • Constipation,
  • Diarrhea,
  • Nausea.

Prevacid PPI Risks

Long-term use of Prevacid and other proton pump inhibitors has been linked to several serious health conditions by researchers.

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine discovered longtime use of proton pump inhibitor medication resulted in a 50% higher risk of dying in the following 5 years compared to those who used H2 blockers to treat stomach acid conditions. Long-term use was defined as use spanning a year or two.[4] Several studies have linked proton pump inhibitors to increased risks of stomach infections, children born with asthma, ischemic strokes, life-threatening irregular heartbeats, and loss of brain functions.

In addition, proton pump inhibitors are linked to kidney disease. A study of 125,000 people resulted in over 50% of the patients suffering chronic kidney damage. Kidney damage as a result of proton pump inhibitors appears to develop gradually over time, leading to long-term damage or failure.[5]

Compensation

Prevacid kidney damage can leave you with physical, emotional, and financial hardships. Our Counsel Hound lawyers will work to maximize your settlement or award. Types of compensation you may be eligible for include economic and non-economic damages.

Economic Damages:

  • Medical expenses related to your diagnosis and treatment.
  • If your kidney damage or disease forced you to miss work or suffer a wage decrease at a new position, we wold prove your losses with timesheets.

Non-Economic Damages:

Some damages cannot be proven with lost wages, property damages, etc., and you and your loved ones may face emotional suffering as a result of Prevacid. Our lawyers will work to include all available compensation in your case.

Why file a lawsuit?

Filing a Prevacid claim can help:

  • Victims focus on health and treatment.
  • Families afford the cost of their loved one’s medical and funeral expenses.
  • Hold Prevacid manufacturers accountable.
  • Encourage other victims to seek fair compensation for their injuries.