Nexium, the “Purple Pill,” Linked to Kidney Problems

What does Nexium do?

Nexium is typically prescribed to help with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), heartburn, ulcers of the stomach and esophageal inflammation. It is one drug in a group of drugs known as “proton pump inhibitors” (PPIs). These types of drugs are supposed to reduce the production of gastric acid in order to alleviate the problems associated with that acid secretion. Nexium is more popularly known by its marketed name—the “Purple Pill.”

Does Nexium have any negative side effects?

Nexium can inhibit the body’s ability to absorb magnesium when someone takes it over a period of time. Magnesium has a special relationship with the kidneys in our bodies—both too much magnesium and too little magnesium can cause kidney malfunction. One possible connection to a lack of magnesium, for example, is sudden kidney inflammation (scientifically known as “interstitial nephritis”). That inflammation can lead to kidney failure or other serious kidney problems without proper treatment.

Kidney failure, also known as renal failure, can lead to symptoms including blood in the urine, fever, nausea, fluid retention and related weight gain, drowsiness or confusion, swelling related to fluid retention, rashes, and more. Other loss of kidney function symptoms include fatigue, twitching of the muscles or other cramps, heart arrhythmia, shortness of breath, etc.

What can I do if I suspect Nexium is linked to my kidney problems?

Nexium’s manufacturer, AstraZenica, falied to warn users of the risks connected to Nexium. Lawsuits have been filed across the country and the Nexium kidney injury lawyers at Jones Ward are ready to investigate your potential claims, as well.

Jones Ward’s lawyers offer free consultations of your potential lawsuit. If you have serious kidney issues and have used Nexium, or if a loved one of yours has experienced kidney issues possibly connected to Nexium, please do not hesitate to call us. Our lawyers have handled many different types of drug and product liability cases and prioritize helping our clients. To contact us for your free evaluation, please call us toll-free at 888-595-2922 or visit our contact page and fill out the form.

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