AstraZeneca, manufacturer of popular heartburn drugs, Nexium and Prilosec is facing a rising number of lawsuits from people throughout the United States alleging that they have suffered heart attacks after taking these acid reflux medications. Recent studies from Stanford University show that proton pump inhibitor (PPI) heartburn medications such as Prilosec 213 may be linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure leading to heart failure also known as heart attack or sudden cardiac death. PPI drugs are some of the most widely prescribed drugs nationwide and generated profits through the roof every year. These medications work by suppressing the levels of nitric oxide in the cells lining inside the circulatory system as well as blocking acid release in the stomach. PPIs are used to cure gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcer disease (PUD) as well as other gastrointestinal disorders. It is alleged that Nexium and Prilosec have been known to increase the risk of heart attack in patients who have a history of heart disease but recent studies show that the risk of heart attack has extended to those whose heart is otherwise healthy. Heart attack should be treated as an emergency and may be life-threatening. This occurs when the heart tissue is rapidly starved of oxygen due to a blockage in the vessel. Low nitric oxide levels have been linked with heart problems as well. Heart attack symptoms may include chest pain, sudden anxiety, nausea, dizziness, pain in the neck, shoulder, arm and abdomen either on one or both sides. In 2010, the FDA ordered the manufacturers of PPI drugs to update their warning labels by adding complete information about a potential risk from side effects of Prilosec and Nexium. Most common Nexium and Prilosec side effects include: – Gastrointestinal pain – Nausea – Diarrhea – Headache – Unpleasant aftertaste A list of severe and more serious adverse effects are: – Liver toxicity – Birth defects – Blood test abnormalities – Bone fractures – Hypomagnesemia (Most common Nexium and Prilosec side effects include: – Gastrointestinal pain – Nausea – Diarrhea – Headache – Unpleasant aftertaste A list of severe and more serious adverse effects are: – Liver toxicity with high magnesium level) – Erythema Multiforme, a life-threatening rash. People who have taken these products allege that the manufacturer produced a defective and dangerous medication, knowingly hid the dangers of their products from both patients and the medical community, failed to issue adequate warnings regarding the risks of the medication and marketed the drugs in an improper and illegal manner. AstraZeneca reached a $20 million class action settlement in Massachusetts after the plaintiffs allege that the company used deceptive marketing practices to advertise and promote its products. AstraZeneca denies the allegations and has settled saying it is in the best interest of the settlement class. If you or anyone you know had a heart attack after taking Prilosec or Nexium, Please Contact Us and provide any details along with contact information. If you prefer to leave a voicemail you can call 1.858.236.9020. GetClassActionMoney.com can then forward these requests to our network of attorneys that may contact you if a Class Action Lawsuit is to be pursued.
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