Benicar Lawsuit Lawyer – Facts, Issues & Help

Forman Law Offices specializes in pharmaceutical law with a focus on Benicar litigation and the development of a rare gastrointestinal disease known as sprue-like enteropathy, resulting in the filing of Benicar lawsuits.

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What is Benicar and Why is it Prescribed
Benicar (generic: olmesartan medoxomil) is an angiotensin II receptor blood pressure and hypertension (chronic high blood pressure) medication. The drug stops blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers the patient’s blood pressure and increases blood flow. Benicar is indicated for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension) in adults and children over the age of 6. Benicar was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in April 2002.

Benicar is a blood pressure medication that blocks certain receptors, known as angiotensin receptors. Angiotensin II is a hormone that causes the blood vessels to constrict. By inhibiting the action of this hormone (as well as reducing the secretion and production of other hormones involved in regulating blood pressure), blood vessels become dilated.

Drugs of this class generate approximately $7 billion in revenue for the manufacturers. There are a number of angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) on the market, but only Benicar has been implicated in the development of the intestinal disorder known as sprue-like enteropathy. Often misdiagnosed as celiac disease, sprue-like enteropathy prevents the intestinal system from properly absorbing nutrients from food. In essence, a patient who is not treated for this condition literally starves to death.

Benicar Side Effects
Benicar has been linked to the following serious side effects:
• Chronic diarrhea
• Intestinal problems
• Sprue-like enteropathy
• Celiac disease
• Villous Atrophy
• Lymphocytic, collagenous, and/or microscopic colitis
• Acute kidney disease
• Kidney failure
• Bloody urine
• Muscle damage
• Irregular heartbeat
• High levels of uric acid in the blood
• Life-threatening allergic reactions
• Giant hives
• Low blood pressure (hypotension) Other, more moderate side effects of Benicar have been reported to include:
• Indigestion
• Inflammation of the Lining of the Stomach and Intestines
• Itching
• Hair Loss
• Hives
• Arthritis
• Joint Pain
• Muscle Pain
• Sensation of Spinning or Whirling
• Rash
• Fluid Retention in the Legs, Feet, Arms or Hands
• Puffy Face from Water Retention
• Cough
• Chest Pain
• Vomiting
• Stomach Cramps
• Feeling Weak
• High Cholesterol
• High Amounts of Potassium in the Blood

 

What are the Complications and Risks of Benicar
A recent Mayo Clinic study, conducted by Dr. Josephy Murray, has linked the development of sprue-like enteropathy to the use of Benicar. Sprue-like enteropathy is a disease that produces severe gastrointestinal symptoms; such as chronic diarrhea, significant weight loss, nausea, and overall malnutrition.

Dr. Murray conducted the study on 22 patients who were using Benicar and experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms, initially diagnosed as Celiac disease. However, the patients in the study were not responding to a gluten-free diet, a common form of treatment for Celiac disease, and did not have detectable tissue transglutaminase in their blood, which is used to positively diagnose Celiac disease.

Upon discontinuation of Benicar, all 22 patients experienced relief from the gastrointestinal symptoms as well as weight gain. Dr. Murray concluded that the Benicar being taken by the patients was directly linked to the gastrointestinal symptoms the patients were experiencing. Dr. Murray’s study and findings on the link between Benicar use and sprue-like enteropathy was recently published online in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, and began the process of Benicar lawyers filing Benicar Lawsuits.

In medical terms, Benicar may trigger an immune response. When receptors are blocked from responding to angiotensin II, this hormone continues to travel in the bloodstream. This, in turn, may induce the gene expression (a process by which genetic information is “released” and transformed into a protein, hormone or other biochemical) of “transformation growth factor” (TGF). This is a protein that can cause cellular mutation (one strain of this is implicated in the development of tumors). The increase in TGF may be responsible for the cellular damage in the intestinal tract leading to the symptoms of sprue-like enteropathy that Benicar patients suffer.

Has There Been a Recall of Benicar Resulting From Sprue-like Enteropathy
As of this time, a recall of Benicar related to sprue-like enteropathy has not occurred. However, there has been an FDA recommended label change detailing the relationship between Benicar and sprue-like enteropathy,

What Does It Cost to Hire Forman Law Offices
Our Benicar lawyers provide absolutely free confidential consultation, and if we are fortunate enough for you to hire us, we never will charge you any fees or costs unless you first recover.

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