Prilosec: The History, The Side Effects, The Lawsuits

When individuals suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or peptic ulcer visit their doctors for medication to relieve their symptoms, there is a strong possibility their health care providers will suggest a proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec. Although proclaimed as a popular treatment for conditions related to the stomach and esophagus, the issues resulting from Prilosec side effects can wreak havoc on the body.

History of Prilosec…

Originally known as Losec in 1988, this medication was classified as a drug that would hinder the release of acid into the stomach. In 1990, the name was changed to Prilosec, because it was causing confusion with an antidiuretic with a similar name. This pill became available over-the-counter in 2003 and it is in the top five for most requested in non-prescription drug.

The company AstraZeneca is the makers of Prilosec and received the amount of roughly 6.1 billion from sales of this product, when it was at its peak. In 2013, they made 400 million from the OTC version of this Omeprazole substance. However, there are considerations that need to be address, in terms of the consequences of taking Prilosec.

Low Risk…

The common Prilosec side effects might include vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, and abdominal pain.

High Risk…

Taken long-term, Prilosec can lead to adverse circumstances such as kidney failure, cardiovascular disease, liver toxicity, muscle spasms, seizures as well as osteoporosis and bone fractures.


In February of 2016, JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported the outcome of a study stating that people who take Omeprazole such as Prilosec may have a 20 to 50 percent escalated the risk of chronic kidney disease. The longer the medication is taken, the higher the chance of developing nephropathy.

Some individuals who have experienced damage to their health because of Prilosec have filed suits against the company. Warnings have been given by the FDA in regard to it leading to low magnesium levels as well as neurological, muscular and cardiac effects.

Copenhagen studies have provided more information concerning Prilosec including how a continual use of the drug can lead to dependency.

Some signs of kidney failure include fatigue, swelling in legs or ankles, scant urine, high blood pressure and excessive fluid in the lungs.

Some signs of heart disease include chest pain, dizziness, shortness of breath as well as heaviness in chest area.

In some cases people have been prescribed this medication without actually requiring it and the treatment should have been permanently discontinued.

As stated previously, several people who have been injured from taking Prilosec, have filed lawsuits to obtain compensation. They realize, individuals are not alone in their fight and they need to be heard.