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Kidney Failure Drug Lawsuit
Please note: At this time, the dangerous drug attorneys at Searcy Denney are not accepting cases for kidney failure related to prescription drug use. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries by another dangerous drug or medical device, we are always available to answer your legal questions for free.
Located in the lower middle back, your kidneys’ principle job is to regulate the fluid in your body, from water to blood to waste. Every 30 minutes, your kidneys filter your blood, removing salts, toxins, excess fluid and other waste, and send them to be flushed from your body. In this process, the kidneys also release a hormone that regulates blood pressure, activates vitamin D to maintain bone health and balance electrolytes, as well as mineral content in your blood.
When one or both of your kidneys fails, the consequences are serious.
What is Kidney Failure?
The loss of kidney function allows harmful wastes to accumulate in the body. Without the ability to eliminate excess fluid, salts and waste, your body begins to retain fluid in order to protect your other organs from toxicity. Over time, you may suffer from fluid build-up in the lungs, inflammation of the pericardium (lining over your heart) and heart arrhythmia. Without proper treatment, kidney failure can lead to permanent kidney damage, and even death.
About 26 million people suffer from kidney failure each year, mostly those over the age of 65. While some of these cases are caused by existing health conditions, such as diabetes, many are the result of side effects from prescription and over-the-counter medications. Some cases of kidney failure are treatable, and kidney function may return to normal. In other cases, kidney failure may become chronic and irreversible.
Kidney failure can bring a staggering economic burden. Annual medical payments for a patient with kidney disease start at around $15,000 in early stages and can balloon to over $70,000 if the condition is critical.
Common Causes of Kidney Failure
Kidney failure may be caused by several different factors, including:
- Severe infections
- Blockage in the urinary system
- Heavy bleeding (hemorrhaging)
- Low blood pressure
- Existing kidney diseases
- The dye (contrast) used in some scans and X-rays
- Certain over-the-counter and prescription medications
Drugs Known to Cause Kidney Failure
Certain prescription and over-the-counter medications have been linked to kidney failure, shutting the kidneys down due to defective drug prescriptions. These include:
- NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as naproxen and ibuprofen)
- Certain antibiotics
- Reclast (zoledronic acid)
- Trasylol (also known as aprotinin)
The law requires physicians to follow special guidelines for prescribing medications that might be toxic to the kidneys, or that are for patients with pre-existing renal insufficiency. The defective drug lawyers at Searcy Denney warn that even after a drug is approved by the FDA and widely used, new issues relating to its potential for kidney failure can be discovered.
A specific case where an FDA-approved drug caused injuries involves a drug marketed as “Trasylol.” Trasylol is an injectable medication used to stem blood loss during open heart surgeries. A study found this FDA-approved medication is associated with increased risk of renal failure. Administration of Trasylol has led to a number of patient deaths, and caused some cases of acute kidney failure, requiring dialysis. Lawsuits relating to this dangerous drug are pending against Bayer Corporation in multi-district litigation proceedings.
Kidney Failure Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of kidney failure develop gradually over time and may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Fatigue and weakness
- Sleep problems
- Decreased mental sharpness
- Muscle twitches and cramps
- Swelling of the feet and ankles
- Persistent itching
- Decreased urine output
Contact your physician immediately if you experience any of these symptoms, especially after taking a prescription or over-the-counter medication. The consequences could be life-threatening.
While many drug labels include warnings, you might not have been adequately warned if a drug had an outdated label.
If you feel you may have been harmed by a different potentially defective drug not mentioned on this page, the products liability attorneys at Searcy Denney are available to answer your questions for free.
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