Wilmington Personal Injury Blog

Personal Injury Attorneys

blog home Defective Drugs Is Benicar Linked to Gastrointestinal Problems?

Is Benicar Linked to Gastrointestinal Problems?

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted July 12, 2017

Back in 2002, Benicar was the newest drug to be promoted by its manufacturer, Daiichi Sankyo, as a more effective blood pressure medication than any of its competitors. After receiving approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the company started touting Benicar as a completely safe alternative for patients.

However, more time has passed, more studies have been done on the drug, and more patients continue to report issues when using it. The latest information shows that Benicar can cause some very serious gastrointestinal problems.

What Kind of Symptoms Do Benicar Users Develop?

Users began experiencing severe problems after using Benicar for several years, after it had become the most widely prescribed blood pressure medication in the country. Those problems included chronic diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and a condition known as sprue-like enteropathy, which prevents the digestive system from absorbing nutrients properly. Some users became so ill they needed to be hospitalized.

Since problems were first discovered in patients using Benicar, the Mayo Clinic has done several studies on the drug. They found that 22 patients who had gastrointestinal issues were taking Benicar, but they had all tested negatively for celiac disease.

Since the Mayo Clinic study, the FDA has issued several warnings about the drug. This includes a Black Box Warning on each product, the organization’s most serious label. However, this warning refers more to the fetal toxicity of the medication rather than the gastrointestinal problems it could cause. And, the drug is still being prescribed and sold today despite having several lawsuits against it.

What Can Be Done If You Develop Symptoms?

Many who have taken Benicar in the past and have experienced gastrointestinal issues are now suing Daiichi Sankyo under an area of law known as product liability. Under this area of law, manufacturers of products such as prescription drugs have a duty to warn customers of potential dangers. Many patients argue that they were guaranteed the drug’s safety for several years before warnings were ever issued.

However, there are still likely to be more lawsuits facing the company.

This is because problems associated with the drug are hard to detect. While users may understand that they’re unwell, they may not link the symptoms to Benicar. And tests for celiac disease and other illnesses may not help as these only eliminate possibilities; they don’t provide answers.

If you or a loved one has taken Benicar or are currently taking the drug and have experienced problems, contact Rhine Law Firm, P.C. at (910) 772-9960. We’re already familiar with Benicar and the problems that surround it, and we want to help patients get the compensation they may be entitled to.

Related Articles:

Posted in: Defective Drugs



“They worked hard for me after I was involved in an auto accident. I appreciate their efforts and making me feel like family.”

ReviewerFive Stars

-Becky, posted at Google Review

When it Really Matters When it Really Matters

Contact Rhine Law Firm, P.C.

Working with our firm means your needs will be met and your questions answered by someone who knows your name and the details of your case — every time you call.

Contact Rhine Law Firm, P.C., at (910) 772-9960 or (866) 772-9960 toll free for a free initial consultation. Evening and weekend appointments upon request. Office hours 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend appointments also available. We also offer Spanish interpretation and translation services.

Rhine Law Firm, P.C.

1612 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 300
Wilmington, NC 28403
Toll Free: (866) 772-9960
Phone: (910) 772-9960
Fax: (910) 772-9062
Map/Directions

Rhine Law Firm

Connect With Us

Based in Wilmington, North Carolina, Rhine Law Firm, P.C. represents clients statewide. We Regularly Meet With Clients After 5 P.M. And On Weekends

*Disclaimer: This is an advertisement by Rhine Law Firm, P.C., 1612 Military Cutoff Rd., Suite 300, Wilmington, North Carolina, 28403. The Rhine Law Firm, P.C., is licensed to practice law in the state of North Carolina and does not seek to practice in any other state or jurisdiction. To the extent that you reside in a state other than North Carolina, the Rhine Law Firm, P.C., may associate counsel licensed to practice law in that jurisdiction if necessary to comply with any and all rules of professional conduct.

No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers. This advertisement does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, either express or implied. Prior outcomes do not guarantee any future results. The choice of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisements. Do not rely on this advertisement in making any medical decision. Please call your physician before making any medical decision, including altering your use of any drug or treatment.

© 2017 Rhine Law Firm, P.C. - All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Blog Sitemap | Website Design and Legal Internet Marketing by SLS Consulting

Contact Rhine Law Firm, P.C.

During a free consultation, we will look at the important aspects of your case, answer your questions, and explain your legal rights and options clearly. Our attorneys also remain available to our clients via phone, email and other means, ultimately focused on doing what is truly in their best interests.

Close
Free Consultation Form