The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added two warnings to the labels of the blood pressure drug Benicar in the past two years, warning patients that the drug increases the risk of cardiovascular problems and it is linked to sprue-like enteropathy, which mimics the symptoms of celiac disease.
If you suffered these side effects or any others after taking Benicar, The Nye Law Group’s skilled attorneys want to review your claim. We may be able to file a Benicar lawsuit to recover compensation for your physical, emotional and financial suffering.
Our dangerous drug attorneys have a successful record and we bring the highest level of customer service and dedication to every claim we handle. We work on a contingency fee basis so we do not get paid unless we achieve a favorable settlement or verdict.
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Severe Side Effects of Benicar
Benicar, also known as Benicar HCT, Azor, Tribenzor and olmesartan medoxomil, is often prescribed to treat patients with high blood pressure. However, this drug can cause dangerous side effects that send patients to the hospital, including:
- Blood in the urine
- Low blood pressure
- Kidney failure
- Elevated cholesterol
- Inflammation in the intestines
- Elevated levels of uric acid and fat in the blood
- Pain in the joints
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
When Benicar is given to pregnant women, it has the potential to cause fatal damage to the fetus. There have also been reports of intestinal villous atrophy, characterized by erosion of the lining of the small intestines. This puts patients at risk for lymphoma, nutritional deficiencies and chronic diarrhea.
Benicar also puts patients at risk for developing a condition called sprue-like enteropathy, which mimics the symptoms of celiac disease. Victims have inflammation in the lining of their intestines and atrophy in the intestinal villa. Other side effects of sprue-like enteropathy include:
- Chronic diarrhea
- Weight loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach cramps
- Elevated heartbeat
- Hair loss
The Mayo Clinic conducted a study in 2012 that found that 22 patients experienced these symptoms while taking olmesartan, the generic form of Benicar. The only thing that improved symptoms was discontinuing the use of olmesartan.
In 2013, the FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication about the risk of developing sprue-like enteropathy when taking Benicar and Benicar HCT.
If you have experienced any of these health problems, seek medical attention immediately. After receiving treatment, contact The Nye Law Group’s experienced attorneys to discuss your situation.
We have won just compensation from many companies and manufacturers who made and distributed dangerous drugs that caused severe health problems. If you have a legitimate claim, we can file a Benicar lawsuit to recover a fair settlement for the harm you have experienced, financial and otherwise.
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Benicar Increases Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
In 2011, the FDA began evaluating several clinical trials involving patients with type 2 diabetes who took Benicar.
The first trial found that taking Benicar increased the risk of contracting type 2 diabetes by nearly nine percent. Researchers looked at the medical records for 250,000 patients and found that 65,358 developed type 2 diabetes after taking Benicar or another similar blood pressure medication.
Another trial revealed that patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes who did not take Benicar had a lower rate of death from cardiovascular disease than patients who did take the drug. Cardiovascular death includes death from a heart attack, sudden cardiac episode or a stroke.
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Find Out If You Can File a Benicar Lawsuit
Benicar was prescribed for more than 10 years before the label included a warning about the risk of sprue-like enteropathy, type 2 diabetes and other serious side effects. This type of negligence on the part of drug companies and manufacturers is unacceptable.
If you or a loved one has taken Benicar and developed severe health problems, you deserve justice and compensation for what you have been through. Negligent drug companies and manufacturers must be held accountable to prevent others from engaging in the same behavior.
Our dangerous drug lawyers have a long track record of success in fighting drug companies who allowed patients to suffer because of their negligence. If you are entitled to file a Benicar lawsuit, we will conduct a detailed review of your case so you have the highest likelihood of recovering compensation.
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