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The FDA warns that the high blood pressure drug, Benicar (olmesartan medoxomil) can cause intestinal problems known as sprue-like enteropathy. Gastrointestinal symptoms associated with sprue-like enteropathy include severe, chronic diarrhea and substantial weight loss.

Benicar is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). It is sometimes given together with other blood pressure medications. Benicar is one of eight marketed ARB drugs, and the only one linked to sprue-like enteropathy.

Benicar lawyers at TorHoerman Law are currently speaking to individuals prescribed Benicar who experienced serious gastrointestinal side effects and may want to consider participation in the Benicar side effect lawsuit.

The symptoms of Benicar enteropathy look very similar to those of Celiac Disease. But, unlike Celiac Disease, a gluten-free lifestyle will not improve the symptoms. The only way to improve Benicar enteropathy is by discontinuing the medication. If you have experienced any of the following side effects and you have been prescribed Benicar for hypertension, contact your health care professional right away:

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid and excessive weight loss
  • Dehydration
  • Cardiovascular problems

On July 4, 2013, the FDA issued a warning that Benicar causes sprue-like enteropathy. According to the FDA warning, symptoms of sprue-like enteropathy include severe, chronic diarrhea with substantial weight loss. The FDA approved changes to the labels of Benicar to include this concern.

Prior to the FDA warning, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota studied 22 patients hospitalized and presenting symptoms similar to celiac disease – unexplained chronic diarrhea, weight loss and enteropathy. But, unlike celiac disease, these patients were unable to control these symptoms with a gluten-free lifestyle and antibody blood tests did not support a diagnosis of celiac disease.

The Mayo Clinic discovered that each of the patients was prescribed Benicar for their hypertension. Suspecting this was more than a coincidence, the Mayo clinic asked the severely injured patients to discontinue their use of Benicar. After discontinuing Benicar, the patients confirmed that chronic diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss and other intestinal inflammation symptoms improved. Furthermore, after discontinuing Benicar, the patients gained an average of 27 pounds.

Following this link, an additional 40 patients have been determined to have Benicar-associated sprue-like enteropathy. These numbers are likely to increase given the significant delay between the onset of severe sprue-like enteropathy and the start of the medication.

Lawyers have joined the Benicar Enteropathy Lawsuit with individuals that suffered serious injuries and damages as a result of their Benicar usage. TorHoerman Law will not charge you for an initial consultation to discuss your side effects. You are not under any obligation to move forward with a Benicar lawsuit, until you determine this is the right option for yourself and your family. All information provided to TorHoerman Law will be used to determine your legal rights to participate in the Benicar Side Effect Lawsuit and will be kept confidential.

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