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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.

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