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Studies May Indicate Nexium Kidney Failure Risk

Sep 14, 2016

Nexium is a medication that millions of people depend on to alleviate suffering the burn and pain of reflux, GERD, and heartburn. However, this mediation may cause a kidney failure side effect. Nexium (Esomeprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) used to treat gastric hyperacidity. It is manufactured by AstraZene.

It is estimated that 15 to 20 million people in the United States take a PPI every day. These medications work by stopping the amount of acid produced in the stomach. However, recent studies have linked the PPI drug with a significantly increased of Nexium kidney failure side effect complications.

In the January 2016 edition of the Jama Internal Medicine, researchers noted over 15 million people use prescription PPIs, but warned that up to 70 percent of these patients could be treated with a different medicine. Up to 25 percent of those patients who have been taking PPIs for a long time could stop using the medication without having the same problems.

Patients who use PPIs are 20 percent to 50 percent more likely to develop kidney failure side effects than non-users, warn the study authors.

In May 2015, a study published in the Journal of American Society of Nephrology showed an increased risk of kidney failure in Nexium users as well as chronic kidney disease for long-term users of Nexium and other PPIs.

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