JAMA Internal Medicine published a study showing that babies receiving Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI) like Nexium, Prevacid or Prilosec brought a higher chance of bone fracture in those children. The study shows concern that doctors are increasingly prescribing these medications to infants.
Roughly, 15 million adult Americans use PPIs every year. Out of these, 20-50% is at a higher risk of chronic kidney disease compared with nonusers. Another study in JAMA Internal Medicine warned not to take PPIs like 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.
PPIs & Infant Bone Fractures
According to JAMA, up to 65% of babies show signs of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This is commonly referred to as spitting up. The study followed almost 875,000 children with GERD from 2001 to 2013. Doctors prescribed around 10% with antacids, including PPIs and H2-blockers, in their first year.
Study lead author U.S. Air Force Capt. Laura Malchodi reported that children given PPIs in their first six months had a 22% higher likelihood of fractures about six years after taking the drugs. When children took PPIs and H-2 blockers, the risk rose to 31 percent. The higher the dosage and the younger the child was when starting the medication, the risk increases even more.
Currently, almost 300 cases are pending in the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey. Just this past August, hundreds more were moved there from the Southern District of Illinois. Now, the trial is going forward. According to court records, the proceeding issued its 4th Case Management Order on October 24, following its October 11 Case Management Conference. A Case Management Order refers to the schedule of proceedings involved in a case before the court.
If Nexium Hurt You
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