Dexilant (generic: dexlansoprazole) is intended to assist in the treatment of persistent heartburn related to acid reflux disease. However, 8 week regimens of Dexilant are also prescribed to heal acid-related damage to the lining of the esophagus. Unfortunately, Dexilant may be responsible for catastrophic and debilitating side effects. Patients who are taking multiple daily doses of Dexilant may have an increased risk of fractures in the hip, wrist, or spine. Due to the severity and frequency of these fractures, patients may file a Dexilant lawsuit to gain compensation for their pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has been injured by Dexilant, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free confidential case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.
What’s the problem?
Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the world renowned Japanese drug manufacturer, developed Dexilant for the intended use of treating chronic heartburn. Takeda has currently dispensed over 3 million prescriptions of Dexilant since it gained the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 30, 2009. As a result, patients suffering from chronic heartburn have been taking daily regimens of Dexilant for over two years.
Dexlansoprazole, the active ingredient contained within Dexilant, is used in the treatment of symptoms associated with the production of excess stomach acid. Dexlansoprazole resides in a class of medications known as proton pump inhibitor’s (PPI’s). As a PPI, dexlansoprazole represents a pronounced and long-lasting reduction of gastric acid production. PPI’s like dexlansoprazole are considered the most potent inhibitors of acid secretion on the U.S. market. Accordingly, by halting the production of acid, Dexilant can assist in the treatment of heartburn and other related complications.
Unfortuntely, the use of PPI products like Dexilant, that contain, dexlansoprazole, may not reflect a favorable risk-benefit profile. Dexlansoprazole may be responsible for debilitating and catastrophic side effects that may not warrant the daily use of the medication. Patients who are taking multiple daily doses of it, may have an increased risk of fractures in the hip, wrist, or spine. Due to the severity and frequency of these fractures, patients may seek compensation for their pain and suffering by filing a Dexilant lawsuit against Takeda Pharmaeuticals.
Dexilant Side Effects
The following is a list of Dexilant side effects that have been associated with the daily use of proton pump inhibitors:
- Wrist fractures
- Hip fractures
- Spine fractures
- Abdominal pain
- Heart attack
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
Due to the severity and frequency of aforementioned bone fractures, patients may seek compensation for their pain and suffering by filing a Dexilant bone fracture lawsuit.
Dexilant Bone Fractures
Recent studies suggest that a daily regimen of Dexilant may increase the risk of hip, wrist, or spine fractures. As a result of a significant amount of Dexilant bone fractures, Takeda pharmaceuticals was forced to update their warning labels. The new label acknowledges the long-suspected link between PPI’s and their association with severe bone fractures. Due to the severity of these bone fractures, patients are entitled to seeking compensation for their pain and suffering by filing a Dexilant bone fracture lawsuit.
FDA Dexilant Bone Fracture Warning
The following FDA Drug Safety Communication illustrates the dangers of taking proton pump inhibitors like Dexilant:
The FDA is revising the prescription labels for a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors to include new safety information about a possible increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine with the use of these medications.
Proton pump inhibitors work by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach. Nexium, Dexilant, Prilosec, Zegerid, Prevacid, Protonix, Aciphex, and Vimovo are available by prescription to treat conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), stomach and small intestine ulcers, and inflammation of the esophagus.
The new safety information is based on the FDA’s review of several epidemiological studies that reported an increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine with proton pump inhibitor use. Some studies found that those at greatest risk for these fractures received high doses of proton pump inhibitors or used them for one year or more. The majority of the studies evaluated individuals 50 years of age or older and the increased risk of fracture primarily was observed in this age group.
While the greatest increased risk for fractures in these studies involved people who had been taking prescription proton pump inhibitors for at least one year or who had been taking high doses of the prescription medications, as a precaution, the “Drug Facts” label on the over the counter proton pump inhibitors are also being revised to include information about this risk. Due to the severity of these bone fractures, patients are entitled to seeking compensation for their pain and suffering by filing a Dexilant bone fracture lawsuit.
Do I Have A Dexilant Lawsuit?
The trial lawyers at The Senators (Ret.) Firm, LLP have decades of experience navigating through complex legislative and regulatory issues and litigating high stakes cases all over the nation. Our law firm focuses on the representation of plaintiffs in Dexilant lawsuits. We are currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Again, if you or a loved one has been injured by Dexilant, you should contact our lawyers immediately by clicking the link below or calling toll free 1-(949) 557-5800. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.