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Benicar Lawsuits Filed Alleging Illness and Weight Loss



Benicar Lawsuit Benicar lawsuits have reportedly been filed, alleging patients suffered serious Benicar side effects linked to their use of the drug. Among the side effects reportedly linked to Benicar is sprue-like enteropathy.

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Benicar

Benicar (known generically as olmesartan) is a hypertension drug used to lower high blood pressure. It is made by Daiichi Sankyo and marketed by Forest Laboratories. It is in a class of drugs known as angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB). According to the FDA, sprue-like enteropathy has not been linked with other ARB medications.

Other drugs that contain olmesartan, include Benicar HCT, Azor, Tribenzor and generics.

Benicar Side Effects

benicarsprueenteropathyBenicar has been linked to a condition called sprue-like enteropathy. Patients with sprue-like enteropathy experience chronic diarrhea, weight loss, and other gastrointestinal problems including colitis. Symptoms can reportedly take months to years to develop and may require hospitalization. Some patients may have developed sprue-like enteropathy while using Benicar but been diagnosed with celiac disease.

A 2012 study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings examined the link between olmesartan and sprue-like enteropathy. Researchers studied 22 patients who were seen at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota from August 1, 2008 to August 1, 2011. They found that symptoms improved in 18 patients who discontinued medication and concluded that olmesartan may be linked to a severe form of sprue-like enteropathy.

Benicar and FDA

warningtapefdaarticleOn July 3, 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that olmesartan can cause intestinal problems known as sprue-like enteropathy. The FDA noted that sprue-like enteropathy symptoms include severe, chronic diarrhea with substantial weight loss.

When the FDA issued its warning it said it was continuing to evaluate the safety of products that contain olmesartan. The FDA made its announcement after it evaluated data from the FDA's Adverse Event Reporting System and other sources and discovered "clear evidence of an association between olmesartan and sprue-like enteropathy." As result of its evaluation, the FDA announced that olmesartan drugs would update their label to include the risk of sprue-like enteropathy.

Patients who develop gastrointestinal problems while taking Benicar are advised to speak with their doctor to discuss their options. Patients should not discontinue medicine without speaking to a doctor.

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READER COMMENTS

Posted by
iwana coon
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I was on Benicar for about 10 yrs. Had to have gall bladder surgery, could this be reason from this drug?

Posted by
Bertha Crowley
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I have taken the medication for years was dx with colitis and have diarrhea a lot with stomach pain lost a moderate amount of wt years ago was dx gastroparesis

Posted by
El Nino
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My husband had been taking Benicar for approx 5 years when all of a sudden he became deathly ill. He could not keep solids or fluids in. It got so bad that he was admitted to the hospital and the nurses said they didnt know how he was standing he so severely dehydrated, he was taken off all home meds and in a matter of a week after going through every test you could imagine, he got better. When he was discharged he asked the doctor if he should start his meds when he got home. The doctor said he didnt need his blood pressure medicine right now because his blood pressure was perfect, but if in a week the blood pressure starts to go up then continue with your Benicar. He was home for a week and his blood pressure started going up he took a Benicar and collapsed on the bathroom floor the initial onset came back that fast.. Called the doctor who immediately advised to stop the Benicar Doctor prescribed a new med and he has been perfectly fine ever since.... You can develop an illness from taking the drug even if you have been on it for years. In my husbands case it was poisoning him.

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sang hong
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I have been taking Azor (10/20 mg) for several years, I don't have any diarrhea problem but I have indigestion problems for a long time. I habitually taking Zantac/Tums every nights.. And also fluctuation of blood pressure ranged big such as 120 ~ 160 high/70 ~ 106 low. Is it normal?

Posted by
Brenda L
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My husband has been on Benicar for over 10 years and now is being diagnosed with restrictive lung disease and pulmonary hypertension. He is not a smoker. Are there other cases of these problems after taking Benicar. Thanks. I You can

Posted by
John Jolly
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I have been taking Benicar for several years, I do not have the diharea all the time, but I do experience stomach problems.

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Anonymous
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Please someone out there email me. Dac02626@yahoo.com
My mother is suffering from this drug and we need help. We are a Mexican American family and I never knew my mom was taking this medication. She did not want any of us to worry. Now she can't take the pain and we don't know what to do since the doctors don't know either but keep giving her he medication.

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