Every year, well over 11 million people are prescribed Benicar. Benicar is a popular medication created by Daiichi Sankyo that is used to treat high blood pressure and hypertension. Despite how popular the drug is, Benicar has been linked to a variety of painful and dangerous side effects. Among the side effects are:
· Extreme weight loss
· Chronic, severe diarrhea
· Gastrointestinal problems
· Misdiagnosed celiac disease
· Villous atrophy
While Benicar has not been linked directly to celiac disease, it has been linked to a variety of gastrointestinal problems, namely sprue-like enteropathy, that share the same painful effects as celiac disease. A recent study conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic over a three-year period found that over 22 patients who took Benicar experienced celiac disease-like symptoms without actually having celiac disease, instead being symptoms of gastrointestinal issues caused by Benicar. Further investigation revealed a link between more cases of sprue-like enteropathy and Benicar. While many of the gastrointestinal problems simply stopped after patents stopped using Benicar, some cases can lead to permanent intestinal damage.
The side effects of Benicar and the complications they can cause are often not apparent in the first weeks, or even months, of using the drug. Once they are apparent, it could be difficult to treat if needed. The above symptoms can be painful and dangerous. In some cases, if left undiagnosed or untreated, the above symptoms can even be fatal. Lawsuits regarding Benicar are steadily increasing around the country as patients experience adverse effects.
If you or a loved one has experienced gastrointestinal issues as a result of using Benicar, contact an attorney who could help. The product liability attorneys at Calcagno and Associates are ready to help. Call or contact online today to schedule your case consultation.