Are you concerned that your heartburn meds could cause dementia? If so, then you’re not alone. Heartburn medications are also known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) increase the risk of dementia by approximately 44%. A 2016 study showed there is a strong correlation between PPI meds such as Nexium and dementia.
What is Nexium?
Nexium is classified under PPI drugs and commonly prescribed to treat symptoms of heartburn, stomach ulcer, and acid reflux. Nexium works by cutting down the quantity of stomach acid produced by glands in the stomach lining. The drug was approved in 2001 by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Nexium Side Effects
Studies have shown that stomach acid is vital for the body to digest food, kill infections and absorb nutrients. Drugs like Nexium that inhibit the production of stomach acid have serious adverse effects on patients. Some of the possible side effects include:
• Kidney injury
• Kidney disease
• Heart attack
• Cardiovascular disease
• Bone deterioration
• Bone fracture
The relationship between Nexium and dementia
A 2016 study published at JAMA Neurology journal showed that patients above the age of 75 who used PPIs had increased risks of dementia. The investigation also revealed that women who used Nexium for more than 18 months had high chances of suffering from dementia side effects.
Physicians warn that Nexium and other heartburn meds have serious adverse side effects since the body requires stomach acid to carry out various functions such as nutrient absorption, digestion, and fighting infections.
Doctors recommend patients with mild heartburn to quit using PPI treatment. Nexium and other PPIs reduce the quantities of proteins like amyloid beta and tau linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Prolonged use of Nexium reduces the levels of B-12 vitamins causing declined cognitive ability.
In light of serious health concerns on the Nexium side effects, patients are searching for alternative treatments for heartburn. To reduce the symptoms of heartburn, and stay safe from dementia, consider the following:
- Eat small meals
• Avoid alcohol
• Avoid chocolate and caffeine
• Drink a lot of water
• Weight loss
• Avoid spicy food
• Exercise regularly
• Remain upright after meals for a few hours
Who should be held liable?
As new information continues emerging linking Nexium and dementia, liability lawsuits are bound to follow against the manufacturer. The manufacturer can be held liable for the following:
- Producing and distributing defective and dangerous drugs
• Involved in deceptive marketing strategies promoting Nexium
• Prior Knowledge of Nexium’s side effects
• Failure to inform consumers and doctors of possible side effects
• Misinterpreting Nexium benefits and ignoring risks
What should you do?
If you or a loved one have dementia after taking the PPI, get in touch with an attorney to help you file a Nexium injury lawsuit. With an experienced attorney, your legal rights are protected as you pursue financial compensation to cover injuries and medical bills. Contact us today.