Things That Could Hurt You: Prilosec

Things That Could Hurt You: Prilosec

What is it?

Made by AstraZeneca, Prilosec is the brand name for a generic drug, omeprazole, used in combating acid reflux by reducing the amount of acid produced in the stomach. It is a proton pump Prilosecinhibitor (PPI) used in the treatment of heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Nexium is a big competitor with Prilosec

How popular is it?

Following its introduction in 1989. Prilosec rocketed to widespread popularity. In 2013, Prilosec sales were $358.8 million – making the drug the second-highest-selling over-the-counter digestive remedy. Prilosec belongs to a class of acid-reducing medicines on which the public spends over $14 billion a year.

The active ingredient in Prilosec, Omeprazole, is a racemic mixture containing S- and R-enantiomers. Enantiomers are molecules that have two Non-superimposable mirror image forms Racemic mixtures, such as omeprazole, contain equal proportions of the two enantiomers.

How could it hurt me?

Although it was not apparent at first, Prilosec may cause a wide range of serious side effects. Here are some conditions to which Prilosec may be linked:
· Kidney injury, disease, or even failure
· Cardiac disorders
· Heart attack
· Stroke
· Bone fractures
· Memory loss and dementia (possible 44% increase in risk according to one study)
· Birth defects

Were there proper warnings?

Not at first, plaintiffs’ lawyers allege. Marketers gave Prilosec and similar drugs the hard sell, touting their safety and effectiveness. But now that Prilosec has been around for more than a quarter-century, there has been time for researchers to start seeing some troubling patterns. In 2014, the Food and Drug Administration finally ordered new warnings on Prilosec and related drugs. The question is: Did the manufacturers already know their products could cause serious side effects – but do nothing about it?  Are the warnings sufficient now?

What should I do?

First and foremost, don’t take Prilosec  — or stop taking it — without asking your doctor. They should be able to alert you to conditions that might make the drug unsafe for you.

But it would be wise if you are taking Prilosec to ask your doctor about possible side-effects that may be emerging in your particular case. The longer you have been taking Prilosec, the more you need to take this step.

If you have been taking Prilosec, and if you have been developing one of the many possible side-effects, then it may be time to get legal advice. You may deserve compensation for the expenses, medical and otherwise, that a side-effect has caused. Lawsuits for this purpose are starting to emerge – related to kidney damage, fractures, memory loss, and other issues.

Call 800-553-8082 or get a free-online no obligation case review here.

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  • robichris

    See the page PPI dangers on Barretts Wessex website to get the facts. Most of these scare stories are unproven correlation. You see more umbrellas when it rains. Umbrellas don’t make it rain. Those with kidney disease are more likely to take PPIs.

  • Ron Miller

    Maybe. Years ago they was the defense to the SSRI cases. Of course people who are taking anti-depressants are more likely to be committing suicide. So why should we add a warning? Then, the science became overwhelming.

    History is loaded with examples of medications that made the underlying condition much worse. We are going to get more science on this in the next 12-18 months.