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Nexium Fracture Risk
According to a British Study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (12/6), long-term use of Nexium or other proton pump inhibitors increases the risk of hip fractures in patients older than 50. Meanwhile, a 2010 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (5/10/10). found postmenopausal women taking proton pump inhibitors had a 25 percent higher chance of suffering a fracture, specifically, a spine or wrist fracture.
Proton Pump Inhibitor Side Effects
Nexium (known generically as esomeprazole magnesium) is in a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors, which are used to treat gastro-esophageal reflux disease, stomach ulcers, duodenal ulcers and erosive esophagitis by reducing gastric acid levels in the stomach. It is made by AstraZeneca.
According to an announcement by the FDA in May 2010, the risks associated with prescription-strength Nexium and other proton pump inhibitors include a risk of bone fracture. That risk reportedly increases greatly if the drugs are being taken in high doses or for more than a year at a time. At the time, the FDA noted that the warning labels for the proton pump inhibitors would be updated to reflect that risk.
A year later, the FDA updated that warning to include information that high doses of proton pump inhibitors—including over-the-counter formulations—for more than a year is linked to an increased risk of osteoporosis and hip, wrist and spine fractures.
Of the studies the FDA relied on when making its decision, six found an increased risk of fractures in patients who used proton pump inhibitors, two suggested an increased risk of fractures with higher doses of the medications and two suggested an increased risk of fractures with longer duration of treatment. Most of the studies included in the FDA's review involved patients aged 50 or older.
According to reports, Nexium lawsuits have been filed against AstraZeneca, alleging patients suffered deterioration of their bones and fractures as a result of using Nexium.
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Last updated on Apr-16-13
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Proving Nexium Side Effects Caused Fractures
Boston, MA: Patients who began taking Nexium before an updated warning was issued about the risk of Nexium side effects may be eligible to file a lawsuit if they suffered a fracture or bone degradation, but they must speak to an attorney soon. That is because the statute of limitations began running when the updated warning was announced. Furthermore, they must be able to show that because of the length of time they took the drug and the dose they took it at, it is likely the Nexium caused their fracture and not something else, says Ben Stewart, of Stewart Law Group PLLC [READ MORE]
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