Benicar (olmesartan medoxomil) and Benicar HCT are prescription treatments for high blood pressure. They belong to a class of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) that work by relaxing blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily. Although these prescription medications can be beneficial, they may also cause side effects that lead to serious health issues.
The most significant health issue associated with Benicar is a severe gastrointestinal problem known as sprue-like enteropathy. Sprue-like enteropathy is a condition that mimics Celiac disease, often resulting in a misdiagnosis. The condition can lead to villous atrophy, where intestinal damage interferes with nutrient absorption. Villous atrophy may become so severe that the intestines allow undigested food particles to pass through the lining into the bloodstream. These particles can cause a serious immune response, which results in systemic inflammation and a heightened sensitivity to food (new food allergies).
If you or someone you know has taken Benicar and experienced intestinal damage, extreme weight loss, severe diarrhea or other symptoms similar to Celiac disease you may have a claim.