Could there be a correlation between the two?
In 2010, Lisinopril was the third most-prescribed drug in the US, with 87.4 million prescriptions, according to WebMD's 10 most-prescribed drugs. And it topped the pharma chart in 2011, coming in first on the annual Prescription Index of the 20 most commonly prescribed medications. At the same time, digestive ailments are on the rise. For instance, celiac disease was almost unheard of years ago, but recent research says that one in every 133 Americans now suffer from it. Celiac disease was thought to be a genetic issue, but some experts disagree, thinking it could be linked to medications.
And countless Lisinopril users also believe their digestive issues and liver problems are due to the medication. Apparently, so do some doctors…
"My husband Robert took Lisinopril for the past few years and he has had ongoing digestive problems to the point that he went to ER," says Anita. "He had terrible constipation problems and complained about his side hurting. He was in great shape before taking Lisinopril, besides having slightly high blood pressure. The ER doctor said he had a swollen liver and spleen. When I told the doctor that Robert was only taking Lisinopril, he said, 'That'll do it!' I couldn't believe it…"
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"The doctors say she had liver disease but the cause of death was colon cancer. The reason I am calling an attorney is because if you find out someone has colon cancer, you don't prescribe something that is going to mess up your liver. After she passed away, I went through her medical records. I was looking up her meds to see if anything had been recalled; when I found out she had liver disease, what else didn't I know? Liver disease and Lisinopril—it was just too coincidental."