The high blood pressure medication Benicar® has been linked to several serious side effects in users, including gastrointestinal symptoms similar to celiac disease, heart attacks, and death.
After over 10 years with no warnings about potential complications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently required Benicar’s manufacturer to include these warnings on the drug’s label.
If you were unaware that Benicar may cause gastrointestinal or cardiac side effects while taking the drug, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. Cory Watson Attorneys can review your case 24/7—just dial (877) 562-0000 or complete our free initial consultation form to get started.
Benicar® Gastrointestinal Issues
In 2013, the warning labels for Benicar were changed to reflect the link between the blood pressure drug and sprue-like enteropathy. This condition mimics the sprue enteropathy in those who suffer from celiac disease, and causes several digestive system issues such as:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach cramps
- Stomach inflammation
- Unexplained weight loss
People who suffer from Benicar health complications can have issues absorbing nutrients or fully digesting their food. In many cases, this condition is misdiagnosed as celiac disease or as a severe intolerance to gluten. However, people who suffer these issues because they took Benicar will not improve after removing gluten from their diets; only when the medication is stopped will the symptoms go into remission.
Benicar® Linked to Heart Health Problems
The FDA required the makers of Benicar to include the results of several studies on the warning label in June 2014. These studies examined a link between high doses of Benicar and an increased likelihood of death among diabetic patients. Since the studies also show a decreased likelihood of non-fatal heart attacks in patients taking the medication, the FDA still believes that the benefits of Benicar outweigh the risks for patients with high blood pressure.
Regardless, patients taking Benicar should be aware of the possibility of cardiac events while taking the drug. Additionally, those who took Benicar in the past and suffered a heart attack or other cardiac event should be aware that their injury may be linked to the medication.
Contact a Benicar Lawsuit Attorney Now
Benicar was prescribed to patients with high blood pressure for over a decade before additional warnings about gastrointestinal or cardiac side effects were issued. If you or a loved one took Benicar and had no notice of these potential complications, then you may be eligible to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages related to the medication.
At Cory Watson Attorneys, we are dedicated to pursuing compensation on behalf of patients injured by harmful medications. Call (877) 562-0000 or use our free initial consultation form to have one of our pharmaceutical litigation attorneys review your claim for free. If you have been injured by a dangerous drug, Cory Watson will fight to get you the justice you deserve.
Benicar® is a registered trademark of Daiichi Sankyo Company, Ltd. and is used herein only to identify the product in question.
This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with Benicar or Daiichi Sankyo Company, Ltd.