Many patients who have been prescribed the medication Benicar (Olmesartan) for their high blood pressure also report suffering from other side effects such as debilitating and chronic diarrhea that comes with sprue-like enteropathy.
Sprue-like enteropathy is a gastrointestinal disorder which can have serious medical consequences that can adversely affect a person’s quality of life. A patient who has had an adverse reaction to Benicar may have to be hospitalized or could even die as a result of the complications that are sometimes associated with Benicar.
Many plaintiffs who have filed suit against the maker of Benicar, by Daiichi Sankyo, claim that they were given no warning about the potential side effects of the drug which could prove to be serious or even fatal.
This disease, sometimes referred to as Benicar Illness and Weight Loss, occurs when a patient suffers from severe diarrhea after being on Benicar. Those who suffer from sprue-like enteropathy can be suffering from chronic diarrhea and be left bedridden within constant proximity to a restroom. Fluid retention for those who experience severe diarrhea is difficult and they could end up hospitalized for severe dehydration.
If a patient is elderly, this can be of grave concern since several lawsuits brought against the manufacturers of Benicar allege that patients on the drug died as a result of the side effects caused such as chronic diarrhea and sprue-like enteropathy.
Benicar falls within a class of drugs known as angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB). In the case of this class of drugs, the FDA has stated that sprue-like enteropathy has not been linked to other medications in same ARB class of drugs. This means that the condition appears to be unique to Benicar.
The Mayo Clinic conducted a study 2012 and found a direct link between Benicar and sprue-like enteropathy. The FDA issued a warning in the following year warning of potential Benicar Illness and Weight Loss in patients. Those patients who were prescribed the drug and experienced adverse effects said that they were unaware of any potential side effects and indicated that had they known, they would have requested being prescribed a different drug.
Patients and physicians alike may also find it confusing that the symptoms of sprue-like enteropathy symptoms and those of celiac disease are nearly identical. Some patients have been misdiagnosed and treated for celiac disease when it was actually sprue-like enteropathy associated with the drug Benicar and the resultant Benicar Illness and Weight Loss.
If you or a loved one love has experienced complications after being prescribed Benicar (Olmesartan) you could be entitled to compensation. So far, more than 1,000 lawsuits have been filed on behalf of patients prescribed Benicar and their families. You may be entitled to compensation for any medical or hospital bills, ongoing medical care as well as time lost from being off the job, pain and suffering and even wrongful death.
However, the law surrounding such financial compensation varies from state to state and so time is of the essence and you must act as soon as possible. Contact the “Strong Arm Attorney” in Atlanta today to schedule a confidential no obligation consultation regarding your Benicar lawsuit.