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High blood pressure is a common health problem in the United States. Tens of millions of Americans battle high blood pressure, which makes it tempting and fertile territory for pharmaceutical companies looking for profit.

There are many blood pressure medications on the market right now, and Benicar is one of the most widely prescribed. However, recent research has shown that Benicar can pose a potentially deadly risk to those who take it.

What is Benicar?

Benicar is part of a family of blood pressure medications whose active ingredient is olmesartan. They lower blood pressure by keeping blood vessels open, or “dilated.” Other related medications include Azor and Tribenzor.

Benicar and other olmesartan-related blood pressure medications work by blocking the effects of a bodily chemical called angiotensin II, which constricts blood vessels and releases protein and sodium into the blood stream. This increases blood pressure. By blocking angiotensin II, Benicar keeps blood pressure low, which is important for your overall health.

Why is Benicar Dangerous?

Benicar works well at reducing blood pressure, but recent research conducted at the Mayo Clinic has discovered that it has other, less pleasant effects.

The lining of your intestines is covered with small, finger-like appendages known as villi. These intestinal villi are crucial for nutrient absorption. Put simply, they ensure that anything you eat or drink provides your body with the nutrition it needs.

Unfortunately, Benicar can cause a condition known as sprue-like enteropathy. This disease attacks your intestinal villi, significantly affecting your body's ability to absorb nutrients and sending food and drink through your system much faster than is normal or healthy.

Symptoms include:

  • Severe, chronic diarrhea
  • Rapid, unhealthy weight loss
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition

These are also common symptoms of Celiac disease. Consequently, sprue-like enteropathy is commonly misdiagnosed. If left undiagnosed and untreated, this condition can prove fatal.

Our drug injury lawyers are currently accepting cases from Benicar users who have been diagnosed with sprue-like enteropathy or who have suffered chronic diarrhea (defined as 10 or more times per day for at least three months) that has required hospitalization or been medically documented.

Please call GoldenbergLaw at 612-436-5026 or contact us online for a free consultation. Our drug injury lawyers will answer your questions, evaluate your case and determine if you have a claim against Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., the company that manufactures Benicar.