Have you been prescribed the acid-reflux treatment drug Nexium and been taking it for more than a year? Have you suffered an injury like broken or fractured bones? If so, you may one of many hundreds of patients who have experienced painful and damaging injuries as a result of taking Nexium, and you may have a legal cause of action against AstraZeneca, the pharmaceutical giant that manufactures the drug. Nexium is one of the best-selling pharmaceuticals in the world and is described in advertising as “the little purple pill.”
Nexium is prescribed to treat heartburn, acid reflux, ulcers and inflammation of the esophagus. Nexium is a PPI, or proton pump inhibitor, which reduces acid in the stomach. The drug prevents the absorption of calcium, which can cause bone deterioration and fracture. An FDA review of several studies concluded that use of Nexium for periods between one and 12 years by patients aged 50 or older increases the risk of bone fractures. Also, prescription PPIs such as Nexium can cause low serum magnesium, which cause muscle spasms, irregular heartbeat, and convulsions.
If you or a loved one has been taking Nexium and experienced any of these conditions, you should consult a skilled pharmaceutical liability attorney immediately:
An experienced lawyer can best advise you on whether you have a valid legal claim against the maker of Nexium and the health-care provider who may have erroneously prescribed the drug for you.
Also, consulting with an attorney can provide answers to questions you may have about the state of your health, step you should take to obtain safe medical care and treatment, and how you can best document your injuries and other damages.
Many patients like you who have suffered from long-term use of Nexium had successfully brought suit in an attempt to recover financially for their pain and suffering, loss of wages, and other losses. If you have been harmed, you have a right to pursue your legal options. Contact a lawyer today.