Benicar is a prescription drug that was introduced in 2002 by Japanese pharmaceutical company Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. to treat hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. The drug works by keeping a person’s blood vessels dilated and is often used in combination with other drugs. The active ingredient in Benicar is olmesartan, which is also found in Azor, Tribenzor, and Benicar HCT.
The 2013 FDA Warning
In 2013, the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that stated that drugs like Benicar could cause intestinal problems like sprue-like enteropathy. Because of these concerns, the agency approved changes to the drug’s label advising consumers about this concern. The drug currently carries a black-box warning label, which is the strongest warning issued by the FDA.
Sprue-like enteropathy is a medical condition that can cause symptoms similar to those of celiac disease, which can damage the small intestine. In fact, many people taking Benicar were misdiagnosed as suffering from celiac disease, leading them to continue taking the drug even though it was actually the cause of their problems. People with sprue-like enteropathy have difficulty absorbing nutrients through the small intestine and often experience severe side-effects, including the following:
- Chronic diarrhea
- Kidney failure
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- Intestinal damage
Worst of all, when patients stopped taking the drug, their symptoms tended to improve substantially. This means that if the drug company had done proper testing, it is likely that millions of people who were taking Benicar to treat their high blood pressure would not have suffered needlessly. In many cases, people who have experienced adverse side effects after taking Benicar or similar drugs are legally entitled to compensation for losses like medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Call a Benicar Lawsuit Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case
If you or a loved one has suffered adverse Benicar side effects, you should speak to an attorney as soon as you can. The Benicar lawyers of the McEwen Law Firm are dedicated to helping people who have been injured by defective drugs recover for their injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at 651-224-3833 or send us an email through our online contact form.