In 2013, the FDA announced that the drug Benicar may cause severe gastrointestinal side effects. Benicar has been marketed as Benicar, Benicar HCT, Azor, Tribenzor, and in the generic form Olmesartan Medoxomil. Problems associated with Benicar and similar blood pressure medication include:
- Abdominal pain
- Intestinal hemorrhaging
- Chronic diarrhea
- Rapid weight loss
- Severe nausea
Side effects can start months or even years after taking Benicar. In fact, many people who suffer from digestive problems after taking Benicar don’t realize that the blood pressure drug is the problem. The severe chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain, and vomiting caused by Benicar may be mistaken for other health problems such as celiac disease (an allergy to gluten) or other intestinal issues.
Drug manufacturers have a duty to produce safe medications and to fully and accurately advise patients and their physicians of all serious side effects. Lawsuits against the manufacturer of Benicar charge that the company violated its duties by insufficiently testing the drug and by failing to adequately inform patients and physicians of the risks and side effects associated with the use of the drug.
Attorneys across the nation are currently reviewing claims of Benicar users who suffer from chronic diarrhea, sudden weight loss and other side effects associated with medical conditions such as Sprue-Like Enteropathy and Villous Atrophy, both which can lead to hospitalization and even death.
In these conditions, the villi or tiny projections lining the intestines are destroyed over time, leading to the malabsorption of nutrients, diarrhea, and weight loss. Some patients also have complications such as kidney failure and anemia.
If you have been prescribed Benicar and suffer any of these serious side effects, you may want to see a gastroenterologist to find out if they are related to your use of the drug. The doctor may need to perform a procedure known as an endoscopy to check your intestines and exclude other causes.
If the doctor concludes that Benicar is the cause of your complications, you may be eligible for significant compensation. This includes compensation for your medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and more. However, because strict time deadlines apply to filing a Benicar claim, you must get in touch with an experienced pharmaceutical drug lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact an Experienced Pharmaceutical Drug Lawyer Today
The carelessness of corporations who put profit over and safety can cause you serious injury. If you or a loved one has experienced any of the side effects listed above as a result taking Benicar, contact an experienced pharmaceutical drug lawyer for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. Remember, time is of the essence, so call today!