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PPIs Linked to Increased Risk of Pneumonia in Dementia Patients

A new study has linked use of proton pump inhibitor heartburn medications like Nexium and Prilosec among dementia patients to an increased risk of pneumonia.

A new study has linked use of proton pump inhibitor (PPI) heartburn medications like Nexium (esomeprazole) and Prilosec (omeprazole) among dementia patients to an increased risk of pneumonia.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one had kidney damage after taking a proton pump inhibitor, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

What’s the Problem?

April 5, 2017 – For the study, a research team led by Sai-Wai Ho, MD, from the Chung Shan Medical University in Taichung, China, looked at data on 1,572 dementia patients, half of whom had recently begun taking PPIs. The other half had never been treated with the medications.

“PPI usage in dementia patients is associated with an 89% increased risk of pneumonia,” the researchers found.

Independent risk factors for pneumonia included age, male gender, underlying cerebrovascular disease, chronic pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, diabetes mellitus, and antipsychotic use.

Another class of heartburn medications called H2 blockers (Zantac, Tagamet, Pepcid) were associated with a lower risk of pneumonia compared to proton pump inhibitors, as were a type of Alzheimer’s disease drugs known as cholinesterase inhibitors.

PPIs include:

The study was published on March 21, 2017, in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS).

In addition to being linked to pneumonia, PPIs have been linked to a various other adverse health complications including kidney disease, acute interstitial nephritis (AIN), stomach infections, heart failure and death.

Do I have a PPI Lawsuit?

The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in proton pump inhibitor lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new kidney injury cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by the side effects of a PPI, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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