Benicar, also known as Olmesartan, is used to treat hypertension or high blood pressure. Used alone or with other medicines, Benicar works by decreasing the effectiveness of a chemical known as angiotensin II, which normally causes blood vessels to narrow or constrict. As a result, Benicar causes blood vessels to relax, lowering blood pressure.
Recently, Benicar has been linked to some pretty serious side effects. Our attorneys are now reviewing potential lawsuits against Daiichi Sankyo, manufacturer of Benicar.
Since is was approved in April, 2002, a number of negative side effects of Benicar have come to the surface, including:
- Sprue-like Enteropathy or Colitis
- Chronic Diarrhea
- Weight Loss
- Colon Perforation
Research and studies revealed that consumers taking Benicar were experiencing symptoms similar to celiac disease, including unexplained chronic diarrhea, weight loss, and enteropathy. But, whereas those with celiac disease can control these symptoms with a gluten-free lifestyle, those taking Benicar/Azor/Tribenzor did not improve until they discontinued their use. Studies revealed that patients taking Benicar gained an average of 27 pounds after discontinuing their use.
The last problem on that list, colon perforation, is the latest and maybe the biggest. What happens is a hole develops through the wall of the colon. We see these cases a lot during surgery when a doctor makes a mistake during abdominal surgery. Often, the problem has to be solved with surgery. It is definitely not what you sign up for when you want to take a drug to reduce high blood pressure.