- May 7, 2015
- by WILL DAVIDSON LLP
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On July 4, 2013, Benicar, a popular prescription drug used to treat high blood pressure, received an FDA warning, indicating this drug causes intestinal problems which may cause chronic diarrhea with substantial weight loss. The FDA approved changes to the labels of Benicar to include this concern. Since the change has been in place, patients who were prescribed Benicar reported intestinal problems similar to those of Celiac Disease.
However, unlike Celiac Disease, a gluten-free lifestyle will not improve these symptoms. If you have experienced any of the following side effects and you have been prescribed Benicar for hypertension, it is recommended that you contact your health care professional as soon as possible:
- Chronic diarrhea
- Cardiovascular problems
Benicar is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB); one of 8 prescription drugs used to treat high blood pressure and contains olmesartan which has been associated with intestinal problems in the past. When the FDA issued its warning it also said it was continuing to evaluate the safety of products that contain olmesartan. The FDA made these announcements after it evaluated data from the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System and other sources and discovered “clear evidence of an association between olmesartan and sprue-like enteropathy aka intestinal problems”
Will DavidsonLLP is currently investigating complaints from Canadians who have suffered injuries as a result of their Benicar usage. To discuss your injuries with a lawyer, free of charge, please contact our office at (416) 360-1194.
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