BLOOD PRESSURE DRUG LINKED TO BIRTH DEFECTS, INTESTINAL DAMAGE
Benicar (olmesartan medoxomil) is a prescription drug used to treat hypertension, or high blood pressure. Benicar is part of a group of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs). These blood pressure drugs work by blocking angiotensin II from narrowing blood vessels, causing blood vessels to relax and blood pressure to lower. Benicar was developed by Sankyo in 1995 and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002. The blood pressure medication is prescribed more than 11 million times each year in the United States.
Common side effects caused by Benicar include:
- Back pain
- Stomach pain
- Muscle pain
- Skin rash
- Flu-like symptoms
BENICAR CAN CAUSE SEVERE INTESTINAL PROBLEMS
In 2013, the FDA warned consumers about the increased risk of developing sprue-like enteropathy after taking Benicar. Sprue-like enteropathy is a severe gastrointestinal disorder characterized by Celiac-like symptoms and villous atrophy, which damages the ability of the small intestine to absorb nutrients.
- Weight loss
For many patients, symptoms improved after halting Benicar treatment. Some of these side effects could be severe and life-threatening. Sprue-like enteropathy can do permanent damage to the intestine walls and cause chronic diarrhea.
FDA WARNING REGARDING BENICAR AND FETAL TOXICITY IN WOMEN
A black box warning is present on the Benicar label that warns of fetal toxicity. The warning says Benicar should be immediately discontinued when pregnancy is detected. Birth defects to these unborn children include lung hypoplasia, skeletal deformations, renal failure, and in extreme cases death can occur.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED PHARMACEUTICAL LITIGATION ATTORNEY
Benicar has been shown to cause serious and potentially fatal side effects in adults and unborn children. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a dangerous drug like Benicar, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys is available 24/7, nights and weekends. Let us hear your claim and provide you with a free case evaluation. If you have been injured by Benicar, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.