Nexium, a drug containing esomeprazole, is a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) prescribed to decrease the amount of acid in the stomach. Approved uses for Nexium include treatment of:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Erosive esophagitis

Nexium Linked to Osteoporosis

While Nexium might be effective in preventing chronic heartburn, the drug may cause harmful side effects and complications, including osteoporosis, especially when taken for long periods of time. Nexium can interfere with the absorption of calcium and vitamin B12, the regulation of magnesium in the body and even the body’s ability to fight some infections.

Long-term use of Nexium can lead to a heightened risk of bone fractures, especially in people 50 and over. In May 2010, the Food and Drug Administration announced that studies linked PPIs like Nexium to an increased risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures in the hip, wrist and spine.

A 2008 study that examined 63,000 people over 50 found that those who suffered osteoporosis-related bone fractures were twice as likely to have taken a drug like Nexium for 7 or more years than others studied.

In addition to bone dangers, Nexium has a laundry list of side effects. The most severe include catastrophic hypersensitivity reactions such as:

  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
  • Toxic epidermal necrolysis

You are Not Alone

Countless patients may have experienced bone fractures and other dangers without even knowing they were at risk.

If you or a loved one has suffered a bone injury as a result of taking Nexium, please contact the Law Offices of Brian D. Witzer today by calling (888) WITZER-6 for a free, no-obligation consultation. You deserve justice and compensation for the injuries you suffered. We are dedicated to helping you seek that justice.

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