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Published: May 1st, 2011

Side effects of Nexium, a blockbuster heartburn and acid reflux medication, have been linked to a potential increased risk of bone fractures and bone deterioration, which could leave users with serious and debilitating injuries.

NEXIUM LAWSUIT STATUS: Product liability lawyers are reviewing potential Nexium lawsuits for bone fractures or other bone problems suffered by users of the medication throughout the United States.

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MANUFACTURER: AstraZeneca

OVERVIEW: Nexium (esomeprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) which is approved as a prescription strength medication for treatment of heartburn, acid reflux, ulcers and inflammation of the esophagus. The medication has been used by millions of people throughout the United States and is one of the top selling drugs in the world, with annual sales of over $5 billion.

Long term use of Nexium or use of the medication at higher doses has been linked to a possible risk of bone deterioration and fractures, especially among older women. Lawsuits allege that AstraZeneca should have known about the Nexium fracture risk for years, but failed to provide adequate warnings for consumers or the medical community.

NEXIUM BONE PROBLEMS: Nexium is part of a class of medications known as proton pump inhibitors (PPI), which work by reducing acid in the stomach. However, studies as early as 2006 suggested that the medications interfere with the body’s ability to absorb calcium, which causes bone deterioration and may lead to eventual broken bones or fractures with little or no trauma at all.

In May 2010, the FDA warned that there may be increased risk of bone fracture from prescription strength heartburn drugs like Nexium. The FDA required an update to the warning label about the risk of fractures from Nexium and other drugs in the class, including Aciphex, Prevacid, Prilosec, Protonix, Vimovo and Zegerid.

FDA investigators suspect that the risk of fractures is dose-specific and have not applied the Nexium bone fracture warning requirements to the over-the-counter versions of Nexium or similar PPIs.

Although multiple studies suggested that users may face an increased risk of bone problems from Nexium, AstraZeneca continued to market the medication without warning about the risk of bone deterioration, osteoporosis or fractures, according to allegations raised in several Nexium lawsuits filed by former users of the drug.

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  1. I have been taking NEXIUM for about eight years. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis. Could the NEXIUM have caused the aching in my right hip and legs?

    Jim

  2. I have taken Nexium and Prilosec since 2001. I was so excited in 2009 after working for 30 yres. at a county hosp. I was getting to retire at the age of 47 with full benefits. I was goin to go back to college and do somthing with my life. Within six months fo my retiremnt I have had my 2nd cervicle fusion. ankle pain w/no injury and now heel surgery for a crumbled bone in heel which needed fused which was done 6/2011. I have been in the hosp. 7 times since retirement I feel this could be caused from the Nexium/Prilosec I have taken for10 yrs. Some retirement Huh? My foot surgeon says my bones are very soft and she is worried that my fusion may collapse and not hopd.

  3. I have been on Prilosec or its generic form since it first came on the market.
    I have been asking my doctrors to help me get off this drug because I felt it was not good to be on a drug for such a long period of time. I was constantly told that it was perfectly safe & I absolutely had to stay on it.I have recently suffered from psiatica due to damaged vertebrae & broke my ankle. I was on mg and have recently got myself down to 10 mg once a day. I also have a large hyatal hernia. My doctor finally admits there could be a problem with the omeprazole.

  4. I filed a claim but have not heard anything back. How do i find out about any potential settlement on my claim?

  5. I was just referred to an ALS clinic in Boston due to severe neurological symptoms I’ve been having for almost a year. I’ve been taking Prilosec OTC for about 3 years. After a lot of research, obviously not wanting to accept that I have ALS, I realized that omeprazole can also prevent your body from absorbing B & magnesium…I quit taking prilosec about 7 days ago and I can already see a vast improvement in my symptoms…who knows what would have happened if I had not done this research as my doctors didn’t put 2 and 2 together…

  6. I had open heart in March 2011 almost one year now. I have had RA. For years bone damage and of course Nexium for many years now today they (the drug company sent me a letter (because.I was takig Nexium and had open heart) wanting permission to my medical records does anyone know, why?? Or are they fishing?

  7. Wow since November, I have been having tremendous issues with headaches, slurred speech, numbness, leg cramps. After reading Dennis above these are all early ALS indicators. Thats enough for me to get off this drug. I had what they can’t classify either a stroke/complicated migrane in November. No one contacted me about this drug or vimova or omezerprole for a long time. I almost died due to b12 defficiency that I am just learning was probably caused by this drug.

  8. I have 2 small kids using PEG tube since 2007. They are 8 years old and 7 years old.

    It is a long story of their conditions. To make it short their development has been decreased to the point where they cannot swallow properly.

    I just found out about this web and information. I need more information about nexium side effect because:
    1. I don’t know what happen to my kids’ bones because they cannot walk or stand at the moment.

    2. 7 year old has been suffering from enormous amount of saliva that many times causing him throw up… and other things that right now I just cannot say it in English. Sorry…

    But, I will value any information and/or assistance that can support my argument to the gastro doctor. She is persistent that nexium is safe to be taking for long time.

    By the way, we live in Jakarta, Indonesia … thanks.

  9. My femur broke coming down my stairs. Then I fell. The pain was so tremendous I passed out. I’d never broke a bone in my life. I have been blessed with health and strength my entire 46 years. This was extraordinary and all of a sudden.

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