Complications and side effects of Benicar


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.

Benicar was approved by the Food Drug Administration in 2002. In July 2013, the FDA required a warning about the gastrointestinal side effects be added to the drug labels. Benicar also has a black box warning that pregnant mothers should not take Benicar because it can harm or kill the unborn baby.

Additional Benicar side effects include:

  • Angioedema (rapid swelling of the skin)
  • Arrhythmias (irregular heart beat)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Arthritis
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Kidney problems
  • Respiratory tract infection
  • Head Pain
  • Hematuria (bloody urine)
  • Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)
  • Hyperuricemia (high uric acid)
  • Hyponatremia (low sodium level)
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)

If you or someone you know has suffered from Benicar side effects, learn what your legal options might be. We have several locations across New York State and Vermont: Schenectady, NY, Albany, NY,Saratoga, NY, Plattsburgh, NY, Buffalo, NY, New York City, NY, White Plains, NY, Rochester, NY – as well as Manchester, VT andBurlington, VT.

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