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The hypertension drug Benicar has been linked to cases of sprue-like enteropathy, which causes chronic diarrhea, weight gain and other serious gastrointestinal problems.

BENICAR LAWSUIT STATUS: As a result of the drug maker’s failure to properly warn about risks associated with the medication, Benicar lawsuits are being pursued by lawyers on behalf of former users who have suffered:

  • Chronic Diarrhea Resulting in Hospitalization
  • Sprue-Like Enteropathy
  • Celiac Disease Misdiagnosis
  • Chronic Malnourishment, Dehydration and Stomach Problems

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MANUFACTURERS: Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. and Forest Laboratories

OVERVIEW: Benicar (olmesartan medoxomil) is a hypertension drug that belongs to a class of medications known as angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs). A family of drugs containing the same pharmaceutical ingredient have been developed by Daiich Sankyo, including Benicar HCT, Azor, and Tribenzor.

An estimated 1.9 million people received prescriptions for Benicar or a related drug in 2012, and about 10.6 million prescriptions for Benicar products were dispensed altogether that year. It is the third highest selling ARB blood pressure medication on the market.

Recent studies have suggested that there is a link between side effects of Benicar and chronic diarrhea, which may have gone undiagnosed in patients for years. In many cases, these stomach problems were misdiagnosed as Celiac disease, which may actually be related to Benicar enteropathy.

BENICAR DIARRHEA SIDE EFFECTS: In July 2013, the FDA issued a drug safety warning indicating that Benicar may cause sprue-like enteropathy, resulting in symptoms like chronic diarrhea, weight loss and other gastrointestinal problems.

The drug regulatory agency indicated that at least 23 cases of diarrhea from Benicar were identified among adverse event reports submitted by users of the drug, where symptoms improved after use of the medication was discontinued. In 10 of the cases, symptoms returned against when the medication was resumed. This led the FDA to indicate that there is “clear evidence” of an association between Benicar and enteropathy.

In August 2012, a report was published by the Mayo Clinic highlighting a number of cases involving symptoms consistent with Celiac disease after taking Benicar. At least 22 cases of long-lasting diarrhea were identified among patients treated at clinics in 17 different states, where signs of improvement were seen after Benicar was stopped. Among the reports reviewed:

  • 100% experienced chronic diarrhea lasting 3 to 53 months
  • 100% experienced weight loss between 5 and 110 pounds
  • 68% experienced nausea and vomiting
  • 50% experienced abdominal pain
  • 41% experienced bloating
  • 68% experienced fatigue

BENICAR SPRUE-LIKE ENTEROPATHY LAWSUITS: Benicar lawyers are reviewing potential lawsuits for individuals throughout the United States as a result of Daiichi Sankyo and Forest Laboratories’ failure to provide adequate warnings fur users or the medical community. To review a potential claim for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

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3 comments

  1. Zanatta Reply

    I was taking Benicar for years, and suffered almost two years with chronic diarrhea, stomach pains, and bloating. My normal life was totally disrupted. I was hospitalized once for dehydration. I have not been taking Benicar for at least two months now and conditions have improved.

  2. Philip Reply

    I have been taking Benicar 40 Mg. for almost 8 years. Recently have found myself going to a gastrologist for severe stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, passing blood and in general upset stomach with no appetite. How would I know if there is a connection?

  3. Elizabeth Reply

    Has anyone noticed severe muscle and joint pain while they were on Benicar? For two and one half years I was treated for arthritis with so many drugs I could hardly function and it just kept getting worse. I could hardly walk anymore and I lost muscle tone in my legs. I finally began to suspect this wasn’t arthritis after all and went off the Benicar. I began to feel better and I was able to walk. I went back on just to see if the pain would return and it did. I am now off the drug and am slowly getting better. I also lost weight and am now at 96 lbs. scary stuff. The drug manufacturer listed joint pain as “less severe.” Who would think? The doctors never suspected it. I would be real careful on this drug, yes it lowered my blood pressure but it ruined two and a half years of my life. I never had theses problems on my old BP meds. Why my the cardiologist changed it I will never know. Now I’m afraid to take anything.

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