Propulsid was developed to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is the abnormal backflow (reflux) of stomach acids into the esophagus, the tube that leads from the throat to the stomach. This backflow occurs because the valve between the lower end of the esophagus and the stomach (the lower esophageal sphincter) does not close tightly enough. The main symptom of GERD is frequent heartburn, a term used to describe gastrointestinal pain. Propuslid, touted by its manufacturer for treatment of stomach disorders, was removed from the market because of many cardiac side effects and deaths.
Propulsid may cause irregular heartbeats and even sudden death. At least 341 reports of heart-rhythm abnormalities, including 80 reports of deaths, have been associated with Propulsid. Although the FDA first warned that Propulsid can cause serious heart problems in June 1998, reports of deaths and hospitalizations have continued to mount. Propulsid can cause serious side effects such as sudden cardiac death, heart attack, irregular heartbeat, QT interval prolongation. If you have taken Propulsid and suffer any of these side effect, contact your lawyer, as you might have a claim against the manufacturer.