SERIOUS ADVERSE BENICAR SIDE EFFECTS
In a July 2013 drug safety communication, the FDA announced that olmesartan might cause an intestinal problem known as sprue-like enteropathy, a condition that is similar in character to Celiac disease. The agency arrived at this conclusion after investigating adverse event reports it received that included 23 cases of patients who had been diagnosed with sprue-like enteropathy. Symptoms include:
- Severe diarrhea
- Chronic diarrhea (symptoms that don’t stop over time)
- Substantial weight loss
These symptoms can develop months or years after olmesartan use begins.
BENICAR CLASS ACTIONS
Patients who have taken Benicar and suffered serious adverse side effects are suing the manufacturer to demand compensation for their injuries. It remains to be seen whether a class action will be begun… but a class action might not be in the best interests of victims. More often than not, individual lawsuits—each brought by a single victim—result in the most money for each person who has been injured.