According to a warning issued by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), popular antacid Nexium raises the risk of bone fractures, osteoporosis, and loss of bone density. These Nexium complications are even more likely when patients have taken Nexium for more than a year or at higher dosages, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA’s warning comes after researchers in both the United States and Canada associated the use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) with an increased risk of bone fracture among middle-aged adults.
Another study conducted in the United States claims that PPIs like Nexium may also raise the risk of infection which may lead to severe diarrhea. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that, “There is a possible increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine if you take certain drugs for heartburn, acid reflux, or ulcers.”
This FDA pronouncement comes after six studies showed evidence linking drugs like Nexium to causing bone fractures. Most of the patients suffering these Nexium complications are over the age of 50. Following the revelations of these studies, the FDA now requires Nexium and other antacid drugs to carry extra warnings on their packaging, both in the prescription and non-prescription versions.
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are the third highest-selling class of drugs in the United States. Every year, medical professionals prescribe these drugs like Nexium more than 113 million times.
The most common bone fractures that Nexium patients are experiencing are hip fractures, femur fractures, spinal fractures, and wrist fractures. Nexium may also cause general bone loss and bone density loss which may lead to eventual fracturing. The FDA also reported that drugs like Nexium may also lead to osteoporosis.
Many people may not be aware that their bone fractures could have been caused by prescription Nexium. These fractures can be very painful and may lead to prolonged absence from work or other complications.
The studies conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded that drugs like Nexium may prevent the bones’ proper absorption of calcium which may lead to the weakening or deterioration of the bones and eventually to fracturing. The studies also revealed that women taking Nexium are at an even greater risk and incidence of bone fracturing, by as much as 34%.
Nexium, also known as the ‘little purple pill’ is one of the highest selling drugs worldwide. The whole class of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) which Nexium is a large part of had sales of more than $13.5 billion in 2009. AstraZeneca, the manufacturer of Nexium, is one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world.
Have you or a loved one suffered from bone fractures, bone loss, bone density loss, or osteoporosis which you think may be attributed to taking AstraZeneca’s Nexium? If so, you may be entitled to compensation from the makers of Nexium. Our Nexium lawyers are currently accepting Nexium lawsuits for individuals suffering from bone fractures, bone loss, and osteoporosis caused by prescription Nexium. Please call today to see if you have grounds for a Nexium lawsuit.