Benicar and Olmesartan Medoxomil Lawsuits

Benicar

Benicar side effects can lead to serious intestinal problems known as sprue-like enteropathy

Between 2008 and 2011, researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota performeda study on celiac disease and observed that a large number of participants were on olmesartan medoxomil drugs like Benicar. These participants exhibited symptoms consistent with celiac disease, but their symptoms disappeared when they stopped taking Benicar.

In a 2013 safety announcement, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that the blood pressure drug olmesartan medoxomil (marketed under the names Benicar, Benicar HCT, AZOR, Tribenzor, and others) can cause intestinal problems known as sprue-like enteropathy. This drug reaction can cause severe and debilitating health complications.

Symptoms

The side effects of drugs like Benicar can take months or years to develop. These effects can mimic the symptoms of celiac disease and, because of this, reactions to Benicar are sometimes misdiagnosed.
Side effects of Benicar include:

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Vomiting and Nausea
  • Acute kidney disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Bloody urine
  • Muscle Damage
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High levels of uric acid in the blood
  • Abdominal bloating and pain
  • Constipation
  • Pale, foul-smelling, or fatty stool
  • Unexplained weight loss