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Study Finds Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid and Nexium may cause higher risk of stroke, Injury claims b

We are now investigating stroke injury claims against the makers of Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid, and Nexium! Call our drug injury lawyers at 800-337-7755 if you or a loved one had a stroke and was taking Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid or Nexium.

CNN has now reported on a recent study investigating Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid and Nexium, and found a significant increased risk of stroke in patients taking these medications. If you or a loved one took Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid or Nexium and had a stroke, contact my office at 800-337-7755. We are investigating these claims for a possible civil lawsuit or civil claims against the manufacturers for damage. You could be entitled to money to help compensate for medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and much more.

Increased risk of stroke found in recent study

The research study was conducted in Denmark among a quarter-million patients who suffered from stomach pain and indigestion, and were taking one of four PPIs: Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid or Nexium. It found the overall stroke risk increased 21% among patients who were taking a PPI. At the lowest doses, the authors found either no or minimal increased risk of stroke. At the highest doses, they found that stroke risk increased 33% for Prilosec and Prevacid patients, 50% for Nexium patients and 79% for Protonix patients. That is significant.

Recent news articles reporting on increased risk of stroke from Protonix, Nexium, Prevacid and Prilosec

Since the study came out, several news articles have covered the breaking story to hopefully help warn the public about the research study. Among these are:

  • CNN – Popular heartburn medications linked to higher risk of stroke

  • American Heart Association – Popular heartburn medication may increase ischemic stroke risk

  • CBS News – Could common heartburn drugs increase stroke risk?

According to the CNN report, “PPIs have been associated with unhealthy vascular function, including heart attacks, kidney disease and dementia,” said Dr. Thomas Sehested, the study’s lead author and a researcher at the Danish Heart Foundation. “We wanted to see if PPIs also posed a risk for ischemic stroke, especially given their increasing use in the general population.”

The CNN article further reported, in April, another study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found that patients who took PPIs had a 96% increased risk of kidney failure and a 28% increased risk of kidney disease, compared with those who were prescribed alternative medications.

The data is startling, considering the millions of people worldwide who may be taking these medications.

Potential legal liability for injuries caused by Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid or Nexium

Florida product liability law generally holds companies legally responsible for all injuries and damages caused by a defective product where it was taken as prescribed. If someone in Florida had a stroke and was taking Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid or Nexium, you should call a drug injury lawyer at our office immediately at 800-337-7755 to learn about your rights. Try to find any information about how long you were taking the medication prior to the stroke, and the dosage you were taking. That may be helpful to determine if you have a claim.

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