Prilosec is a proton pump inhibitor that is often prescribed to treat severe stomach acid-related conditions. When a patient has too much stomach acid, it can flow into the esophagus and cause severe medical complications. Prilosec treats this condition by shutting down the pumps that produce stomach acid.
The problem is that patients also use Prilosec to treat occasional heartburn. In 2003, the FDA approved Prilosec OTC as an over-the-counter treatment for simple heartburn symptoms. The FDA does warn patients about overusing this product beyond the recommended 14 days, as it can lead to kidney damage and other serious side effects.
Dangerous Prilosec side effects include:
- Kidney damage or failure
- Acute Interstitial Nephritis
- Lupus Erythematosus
- Low magnesium levels
A History of Prilosec Lawsuits
Since Prilosec was approved in 1989, countless patients have experienced kidney failure, strokes, cancer symptoms, and heart attacks. Naturally, many of these people sought compensation for their medical expenses by filing dangerous prescription drug claims. In 2017, a federal panel combined several lawsuits relating to Prilosec and Prilosec OTC into one multidistrict litigation (MDL). As of September 2018, there are over 2,000 lawsuits included in this MDL.
Have You Suffered Medical Complications After Taking Prilosec?
If you’ve suffered severe medical complications after being prescribed Prilosec, contact the Austin defective product attorneys at The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC. A successful product liability lawsuit can yield damages that account for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Also, if your loved one has passed away due to Prilosec complications, we can help you file a wrongful death claim that may provide you with compensation that covers any end-of-life medical care expenses and funeral costs.
Our product liability lawyers are available 24/7. Contact The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC at (512) 271-5112 to schedule a free consultation.