The blood pressure medication known as Benicar, manufactured by Daiichi Sawkyo, has been subject to a recent FDA Public Notice with a required Label Change warning that Benicar (as well as Azor and Tribenzor) can cause significant side effects. These side effects (concerning intestinal issues) including severe intestinal malabsorption necessitating hospitalization, sprue-like enteropathy diagnosis, acute diarrhea and significant weight loss. The July 3, 2013 FDA warning required that the manufacturers change the warning labels to warn of these serious side effects.
Only now are gastroenterologists learning these side effects can be caused by these blood pressure medications.
The medical device lawyers of Nadrich & Cohen, are investigating these side effect claims throughout the country for Benicar (as well as Azor and Tribenzor). Specifically side effects including gastrointestinal diagnoses including diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, enteropathy and intestinal malabsorption leading to serious illness or death.
If you or your loved one suffered from any of these injuries please complete the form on the right or call us for a free, confidential case evaluation at 1-800-718-4658.
Benicar and its Purpose
Benicar, the name for Olmesartan, is used either by itself or with other prescriptions to reduce high blood pressure in adults and children over six. It is a medication known as an angiotensin II receptor antagonist. Its purpose is to help blood flow more smoothly and to assist the heart to pump more effectively.
The latest records reflect that the manufacturer of Benicar, Daiichi Sankyo, in 2010 prescribed the drug to approximately 1.2 million Americans.
- Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd
- Actavis (Forest Laboratories)
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Chronic diarrhea
- Weight Loss
- Villous atrophy
- Misdiagnosis of celiac disease
- Cardiovascular risks
Enteropathy is an intestinal tract disorder which can be very serious or mild. It is a unique disorder connected to Benicar, Azor and Tribenzor. It is suffered by those who are gluten-sensitive or who have suffered from Celiac disease or who have diarrhea, vomiting, intestinal inflammation and similar symptoms. Believe it or not, diarrhea can be a life-threatening illness to some.
The Association Between Diarrhea, Vomiting and Benicar
The Mayo Clinic concluded after a 22 person patient study that of the patients who took Benicar, Azor or Tribenzor, 14 of them suffered severe enteropathic gastrointestinal side effects including diarrhea, vomiting and inflammation which required hospitalization.
A gluten-free diet did not help. These patients only recovered after they stopped taking Benicar.
We are now tracking side effects and adverse incident reports caused by Benicar through the FDA’s MedWatch database. We believe these drugs could be related to an immune response where the body is not protecting itself from disease or viruses.
We also believe that these drugs may cause an increase of heart attacks and other cardiovascular issues including death.
If you feel you or a loved one may qualify for a Benicar claim against the manufacturer, please complete the form on the right or call us at 1-800-718-4658.
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We are representing individuals who have suffered from as follows:
- Chronic diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
- Substantial weight loss (significant) (prolonged)
- Villous atrophe
- Misdiagnosis of celiac disease.