Charles Bowers started using Nexium in July 2003. He used the drug routinely to treat symtpoms of heartburn until May 2008, when he was diagnosed with interstitial nephritis.
Nephritis is a type of kidney inflammation that is usually caused by an allergic reaction to medications in the bloodstream. It can occur at any time in patients on Nexium, even if they have taken it safely before.
Many people who develop nephritis are left with long-term kidney problems. Bowers was diagnosed with chronic nephritis in May 2009. He, like most other people suffering from nephritis, now undergoes dialysis 3 times a week and needs a kidney transplant.