Aciphex is in a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) which block the production of acid by the stomach. The medication is used for the treatment of bothersome conditions that are caused by excessive amounts of stomach acid. Unfortunately, a large number of Aciphex users have reported a variety of serious side effects including hip, wrist, and spine fractures, as well as severe bone deterioration.
Aciphex Update 4/25/12: U.K. health regulators have issued two new warnings to the public stating that the use of proton pump inhibitor (PPI) heartburn drugs may cause bone fractures, and have the potential to lead to dangerously low levels of magnesium in the body. According to the warnings, these risks are increased if high doses of PPIs are taken over long periods of time, and appear to primarily affect the elderly. Click here to learn more.
Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Update 2/8/12: The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning today stating that the use of proton pump inhibitor heartburn drugs may increase the risk of Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea. FDA’s warning came in response to a safety review from its Adverse Event Reporting System that suggested such a link. Click here to learn more.
Free Aciphex Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has experienced a bone fracture or other adverse side effect after taking Aciphex, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the problem?
Aciphex (rabeprazole sodium) is a popular proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medication used in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), erosive esophagitis, duodenal ulcer, as well as a number of other conditions. PPIs works by reducing the level of acid in the stomach by blocking acid production sites. Proton pump inhibitors are extremely popular, with doctors writing nearly 115 million prescriptions for the medications each year nationwide. Prescription PPIs include:
Aciphex is manufactured by Eisai Co. and distributed by Janssen Pharmaceutical, Inc. Unfortunately, Aciphex can interact with a variety of other drugs and has been associated with a number of mild to severe side effects, including bone fractures.
Aciphex Side Effects
Common Aciphex side effects may include the following:
- Decreased appetite
- Dry mouth
- Abdominal pain
- Allergic reactions
- Chest pain
- Dark urine
- Fast heartbeat
Aciphex Bone Fractures
Aciphex works by reducing acid in the stomach, which may hinder the body’s ability to absorb calcium and lead to osteoporosis. Types of bone fractures most often reported in Aciphex users include:
- Hip fractures
- Wrist fractures
- Spine fractures
FDA Warning on Aciphex
In May 2010, the FDA required that the safety labeling information for proton pump inhibitors like Aciphex be updated to include a warning about the risk of bone fractures associated with their use. The updated warnings came as the result of a number of epidemiological studies that reported an increased risk of bone fractures in individuals who took the drugs for a year or more. The majority of the studies evaluated patients over 50, and the increased risk of fracture primarily was observed in this age group.
Do I have an Aciphex Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Aciphex lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new bone fracture cases in all 50 states.