Prilosec (generic: omeprazole) is a heartburn medication that prohibits the excessive production and buildup of acid in the stomach. Unfortunately, patients who take this drug, may be doing so without knowing about potentially dangerous Prilosec side effects. An increased rate of Prilosec bone fracture has become synonymous with this medication.
If you or a loved one has been injured by Prilosec, 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?
The creators of Prilosec developed the heartburn medication as a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). In other words, PPI’s are developed to provide a pronounced and long-lasting reduction of gastric acids. As a result, Prilosec may help provide relief for the symptoms of excessive acid production, which can be attributed to complications like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Unfortunately, Prilosec side effects may outweigh the benefits. Patients who take this drug, may be doing so without knowing about these potentially dangerous Prilosec side effects. Those who use Prilosec may suffer from severe bone fractures as the result of diminished bone dexterity. For this reason, many people have begun to file Prilosec lawsuits.
Prilosec Side Effects
Prilosec side effects include the following:
- Decreased appetite
- Dry mouth
- Abdominal pain
- Allergic reactions
- Chest Pain
- Dark urine
- Fast heartbeat
- Increased rate of bone fracture
Prilosec Bone Fracture
Federal health regulators are warning doctors and patients that popular PPI heartburn medications like Prilosec may cause severe bone fractures when used for a long period of time. As reported on by several studies, the continual use of Prilosec may lead to increased risk of hip, wrist and spine fractures in patients who use the drug to block stomach acid.
FDA Bone Fracture Warning
The FDA issued a warning to consumers and health care professionals about a possible increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine with proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec. The product labeling will be changed to describe this possible increased risk.
“Epidemiology studies suggest a possible increased risk of bone fractures with the use of proton pump inhibitors for one year or longer, or at high doses,” said Joyce Korvick, M.D., deputy director for safety in FDA’s Division of Gastroenterology Products.
FDA’s warning and decision to revise the labeling of proton pump inhibitors are based on the Agency’s review of several epidemiological studies that reported an increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist and spine in patients using proton pump inhibitors.
Do I have a Prilosec 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 Prilosec lawsuits. We are currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Again, if you or a loved one has been injured by Prilosec, 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.