Nowadays, when people experience severe gastrointestinal problems, such as chronic diarrhea and malnutrition, doctors are quick to blame gluten. Celiac disease, an allergy to the protein found in wheat, often wreaks havoc on those who are affected by the condition. If you’ve suffered from uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous gastrointestinal symptoms, your doctor may have thought gluten was the cause. Unfortunately, if you take Benicar, your doctor could have been wrong—leading to missing necessary treatments.
Benicar, Not Gluten, Responsible for Serious Issues
From 2008 to 2011, the Mayo Clinic studied 22 patients who were experiencing severe gastrointestinal problems, such as chronic diarrhea, malnutrition, and severe weight loss. The patients had a few things in common: they all tested negative for Celiac disease, but were also all taking Benicar. Containing olmesartan medoxomil, Benicar is often prescribed in order to treat high blood pressure and is typically effective. However, doctors in the study concluded that the ingredients found in Benicar were to blame for many of the patients’ severe gastrointestinal problems. Researchers informed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of their findings, which lead to a warning being placed on the drug’s labeling instructions about the potential for devastating gastrointestinal issues.
Victims Can Take Legal Action
Some patients experienced such severe side effects after taking Benicar that they required hospitalization. One Benicar user, George Williams, alleges that he had to spend more than 100 days in the hospital because of the effects of the drug. George now requires a feeding tube because he has such intestinal damage. Williams is suing Benicar’s drug maker, Daiichi Sankyo, for concealing and failing to warn the public about the dangers of taking Benicar.
If you’ve suffered serious injury after taking Benicar, you may be able to receive financial compensation for your hardships. The attorneys at Wayne Wright LLP want to help fight for your rights and get you the justice you deserve. Contact us today by calling 800-237-3334 to start learning more about your rights.