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Posted by Brian on Sep 23, 2014

Side Effects of Benicar are Dangerous

Benicar is a medication used for treating high blood pressure, but can be used for other conditions as prescribed by your doctor. Known with the generic name olmesartan, this medication functions by preventing the narrowing of the blood vessels which eventually promote proper blood flow. Although beneficial, there have been a number of lawsuits that have been filed after the medication caused severe health complications, particularly intestinal problems.

It was initially approved for use in the United States in April of 2002, and shortly after its release in the commercial market it have become one of the leading medications used for high blood pressure. It can be prescribed for adults suffering from hypertension, as well as for children who are over the age of 6. As with any type of medications, there are side effects that come with taking Benicar, and among them are nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, headaches, sinusitis and hematuria, among others. Nevertheless, despite these side effects, Daiichi Sankyo Inc. (the manufacturer of Benicar), state that the benefits outweigh the risks.

However, patients who have been using Benicar for a certain amount of time have reported experiencing serious intestinal issues. It may even lead to a dangerous intestinal condition called severe sprue-like enteropathy, a condition that causes chronic diarrhea leading to significant weight loss. Those who suffer from severe sprue-like enteropathy have been hospitalized. Because of the danger that this health condition poses, the FDA have already issued an order to provide additional warnings, although many patients have already filed lawsuits against the manufacturer for failing to provide necessary warnings on possible life-threatening conditions that Benicar can cause.

Additionally, as any lawyer can inform you, the medication has also received the black box warning for its high risk of fetal toxicity. Women who are pregnant are warned against taking Benicar for possibility of causing injury or even death to the developing fetus. There are many other severe complications from taking Benicar, such as problems, abdominal or chest pains, arthritis, hair loss, and even irregular heart beat. When you believe you or someone you know is suffering from complications brought about by this medication, it may be best to talk with an attorney who can explain and help with filing for a claim.

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