Nexium Users Have a 5 Times Greater Risk of Kidney Infection
Nexium (generic: esomeprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), which is taken to relieve the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), commonly referred to as acid reflux. PPIs, such as Nexium, work by blocking the release of stomach acid. It is supposed to temporarily coat the esophagus to prevent damage.
Nexium is not FDA-approved for long-term use, and studies confirm that 70% of PPI prescriptions should not have been made. It is one of the most overly prescribed drugs on the market. It is not a “healer” drug and should not be used for preventive care.
Study Links Nexium to Chronic Kidney Disease
Roughly, 15 million Americans use PPIs every year. Out of these, 20-50% are at a higher risk of chronic kidney disease compared with nonusers. The study published by JAMA Internal Medicine warned not to take Nexium at all or to use only for the shortest possible duration. Those that increased their dosage also increased their risk for kidney disease. Kidney disease occurs when the kidneys lose their ability to filter blood effectively. This can lead to end-stage renal failure, which is the need for life-long dialysis treatment or even a kidney transplant.
Nexium Linked to Acute Interstitial Nephritis
In 1992, it was first noted that PPIs cause Acute Interstitial Nephritis (AIN). Each new study described the 5 times greater risk users have in developing this deadly infection. AIN is a drug-induced bacterial infection of the kidneys. Nearly all cases of AIN are directly caused from taking PPIs like Nexium. The treatment is either drug removal, dialysis or a kidney transplant. However, PPIs have a high rebound rate. This means that when the drug is stopped most people have such a high dependency on it that they must continue to use it just to feel better. The cycle continues until patients end up on dialysis or death.
It was not until December 2014 that the FDA issued a new warning about the association between Nexium and kidney issues. This warning outlined the potential risk of developing acute interstitial nephritis, the sudden inflammation of the kidneys. The actual side effects for Nexium are much worse. The FDA neglected to warn consumers that Nexium users have a 50% risk of developing acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, and even kidney failure.
Nexium & Chronic Liver Disease
Around 10% of Americans use PPIs like Nexium, which brings seven times higher risk of developing chronic liver disease. The researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that mice with gastric acid suppression developed alterations in their gut. Specifically, this bacteria named Enterococcus. These changes caused an environment favorable to liver inflammation and liver injury. It also increased the progression of liver disease in the mice used during the experiment.
Senior author of the study, Bernd Schnabl, MD, associate professor of gastroenterology at UC San Diego School of Medicine noted that the rise of chronic liver disease is related to more people using PPIs. “We believe clinicians should consider withholding medications that suppress gastric acid unless there is a strong medical indication,” Schnabl said.
Chronic liver disease is the 12th leading cause of death worldwide and that number is rapidly increasing. PPIs, which include brand names such as Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid, are the most common doctor-prescribed medications in the world. They are also relatively inexpensive medications, costing around $7. The longer the use the more costly it becomes. Americans spend around $11 billion each year on PPIs.
Nexium Other Side Effects
- 15-20% increased risk of heart attack
- Bone fractures with long-term, high dose usage
- Increased risk of dementia
Nexium vs Prilosec
Nexium and Prilosec are essentially the same drugs developed by AstraZeneca. When AstraZeneca feared the patent on Prilosec would lapse forcing them to lose billions in profits due to generic reproductions, they devised a plan to make Prilosec “new” again. The Prilosec molecules were split and mirrored thus making a “new” drug called Nexium. No studies confirm that Nexium is any different than Prilosec. It is still the same Prilosec just with a tweaked formula. The FDA even warned about marketing claims that Nexium was better than Prilosec since zero studies supporting it.
AstraZeneca didn’t stop there to protect their lucrative patent. They claimed to be performing pediatric studies to receive six-month extensions.
If Nexium Injured You
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