Millions of prescriptions for Benicar are prescribed by doctors every year. Benicar, which contains olmesartan medoxomil, is highly popular and effective at regulating high blood pressure by blocking the protein angiotensin II. Doing so helps restricted blood vessels to open up, and allows blood to flow more freely.
Using Benicar Comes With Risks
Unfortunately, those who take Benicar are at risk for developing serious gastrointestinal issues, including chronic diarrhea, malnutrition, and abdominal pain. Because of the similarities in symptoms, doctors often confuse the side effects of Benicar with Celiac disease, which is an allergy to the protein found in wheat. Oftentimes, patients go without the treatments they need because of the misdiagnoses, which can lead to hospitalization—and even death.
If you take Benicar, you may experience the following dangerous side effects:
- Difficulty breathing and swallowing
- Chronic diarrhea
- Persistent coughing
- Severe weight loss
- Increased risk of cancer
- Persistent coughing
- Higher risk of death from heart problems for patients who have diabetes in addition to high blood pressure
Although discontinuation of the use of Benicar among patients could stop the symptoms immediately, the damage may already be done. One patient, George Williams, spent over 100 days in the hospital after taking Benicar. Williams alleges that his stomach was so badly damaged from using Benicar that he now requires a feeding tube. Williams is suing Benicar’s drug maker, Daiichi Sankyo, for concealing the dangers of the drug and failing to warn the public.
You Can Take Action for Your Suffering
Are you one of the many who trusted Benicar to improve your health, but suffered serious side effects instead? If so, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation. The attorneys at Wayne Wright LLP can help fight for your rights and get you the money you need to help pay for your medical bills, time lost away from work, and pain and suffering. Contact us today by calling 800-237-3334 to schedule a free consultation to speak with a legal professional about your situation.