Benicar Side Effects
If you take Benicar, you should be aware of its side effects and call a doctor if you experience dizziness, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache, difficulty breathing or swallowing, and coughing.
Some patients taking this medicine reported severe weight loss and malnutrition from chronic diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. In many cases, after stopping Benicar the patients recovered.
SAFETY REVIEWS BY FDA AND MAYO CLINIC
The FDA approved the drug in 2002 and in 2013 was forced to change the label for all olmesartan single-ingredient and combination products to include intestinal problems (sprue-like enteropathy). This applied for all medicines marketed as Benicar, Benicar HCT, Azor, Tribenzor and its generic alternatives.
The label change came after a published article in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings said Benicar may be associated with a severe form of sprue-like enteropathy.
“Symptoms of sprue-like enteropathy include severe, chronic diarrhea with substantial weight loss. The enteropathy may develop months to years after starting olmesartan, and sometimes requires hospitalization. If patients taking olmesartan develop these symptoms and no other cause is found, the drug should be discontinued, and therapy with another antihypertensive started. Discontinuation of olmesartan has resulted in clinical improvement of sprue-like enteropathy symptoms in all patients”, said the FDA in its safety announcement.
“The earliest evidence of olmesartan-induced sprue-like enteropathy was identified in August 2012, and a few reports were published subsequently”, according to an article published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, titled “Olmesartan and Drug-Induced Enteropathy”.
The Mayo Clinic Proceedings published the results of an evaluation of “unexplained chronic diarrhea and enteropathy while taking olmesartan”, which ruled out all cases with celiac disease and showed patients improved or recovered after discontinuation of the medicine.
LAWSUITS CLAIM INJURIES FROM BENICAR
Many patients have sued Daiichi Sankyo and Forest Laboratories for the harm they suffered after taking Benicar. Many reported suffering chronic diarrhea, severe weight loss, nausea, and vomiting. Some were required hospitalization to determine the cause of their ailment and underwent long-term medical care, expensive medical bills, loss of income and emotional distress.
The plaintiffs of these lawsuits seek to recover the cost of their treatments and regain financial stability. Claims have been made that Daiichi Sankyo and Forest Laboratories knew or should have known the risks of their product, and failed to warn the patients.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers should be held accountable for the injuries caused by their medicines if they are defective or dangerous. Sometimes, many lawsuits force manufacturers to fix their product or remove it from the market. In that way, taking legal action could play an important role in safeguarding public health and ensuring the reliability of prescription drugs.
FREE CLAIM REVIEW AVAILABLE
Greg Jones Law is taking cases related to Benicar. If you or someone you know has suffered serious injuries from taking Benicar, consider your legal options.
Greg Jones Law has sued many major drug manufacturers for failing to warn of the dangers of their drugs. Our attorneys are ready to help you with a Benicar lawsuit. To find out if you have a case against the makers of Benicar (Olmesartan), contact us today for a free case evaluation. Call 855-Jones-Law or 855-566-3752 or contact us online.
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