Protonix Birth Defects

Protonix Birth Defects Linked to Use of PPIs (Proton Pump Inhibitors)

Protonix blocks an enzyme in the stomach wall, reducing the amount of stomach acid produced. Physicians prescribe this proton pump inhibitor (PPI) to treat and relieve the symptoms of erosive esophagitis and other conditions caused by the presence of excess stomach acid. Protonix birth defects, however, may develop when a pregnant woman uses this PPI.

Protonix Birth Defects

Protonix and other PPI drugs may be unsafe for developing babies. This drug may lead to Protonix birth defects and also causes several other side effects. These side effects include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Nausea
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal pain
  • Rash
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased risk of bone fractures

In addition to the increased risk for Protonix birth defects, Protonix may enter breast milk and harm nursing infants.

Protonix Contraindications

Women of childbearing age should consult a physician before taking this PPI due to the risk of Protonix birth defects. As the drug also creates an increased risk for bone fractures, discuss using Protonix with your doctor if you have low bone density or osteoporosis.

Long-Term Risks

Using Protonix for long-term treatment makes it difficult for the body to absorb vitamin B-12. This could play a role in the development of Protonix birth defects. If you experience weakness, fatigue, fast heartbeat, pale skin and shortness of breath, contact your doctor. You may have to stop taking this PPI.

Protonix Lawsuit

Protonix birth defects may require expensive surgery or therapy to ease symptoms and improve life expectancy. The cost of multiple surgeries, physical therapy, special education services, occupational therapy and learning support services is insurmountable in some cases. A Protonix lawsuit may make the difference between struggling to pay for needed treatments and getting financial compensation needed to get the best care for your child.

Hiring a Protonix Lawyer

Your Protonix lawyer will review your Protonix birth defects case thoroughly and decide which type of claim to file, so hiring an experienced attorney is essential. You should also hire a Protonix lawyer who has a track record of success with this type of case.

If you took Protonix during pregnancy and your child now has a birth defect, contact one of Chaffin Luhana LLP’s experienced Protonix lawyers for a free case review. Call 1-888-480-1123 immediately.