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Commonly asked questions about the link between Benicar and sprue-like enteropathy

Can Benicar Cause Sprue-Like Enteropathy?

A serious complication associated with Benicar use is the risk of sprue-like enteropathy. Symptoms of this condition include chronic diarrhea, severe weight loss, and malnutrition. In some rare cases, deaths have resulted from Benicar use due to intestinal inflammation and other gastrointestinal problems. The FDA has recently made it mandatory for Benicar to carry a warning to consumers on its label; however, millions of patients continue to take the drug on a daily basis.

Does Benicar Increase The Risk Of Developing Sprue-Like Enteropathy?

The FDA identified serious cases in the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) presenting as late-onset diarrhea with a significant amount of weight loss as well as villous atrophy in several of the biopsies. All of the patients improved after the discontinuation of Benicar, and positive results were seen in 10 of the cases.

In June of 2012, researchers at Mayo Clinic published research of a case series of sprue-like enteropathy associated with the use of Benicar in 22 patients. Their study was very similar to that of the FAERS case, they also came to the conclusion that discontinuation of the drug use resulted in clinical improvement.

Can I File A Benicar Sprue-Like Enteropathy Lawsuit?

George Williams v. Daiichi Sankyo

In 2014, George Williams filed a lawsuit against Daiichi Sankyo, a global pharmaceutical holding company and manufacturer of Benicar. According to reports, Williams spent more than 100 days in a hospital as a result of taking the medication. He allegedly developed a compression fracture in his back, as well as cataracts, which were the result of treatment he received to deal with the chronic diarrhea caused by his use of Benicar. Williams reportedly uses a feeding tube, and has racked up massive medical bills.

Multi-district litigation case v. Daiichi Sankyo

Due to the large number  of cases being filed against Daiichi Sankyo, a multi district litigation case has been created in the District of New Jersey. It is believed that more information will become available at a later date, due to the large number of documents that must be submitted and reviewed. Additionally, it is possible for more cases to be added at a later date.

How Many Benicar Sprue-Like Enteropathy Lawsuits Have Been Filed?

There have currently been over 1700 cases filed against Daiichi Senkyo, the manufacturer of Benicar since the FDA issued a drug warning in 2013.

What Are The Less Common Side Effects Of Benicar? states that there are a number of less common and more serious side effects related to the use of Benicar. These side effects include:

  • Chest Pain
  • Peripheral edema 
  • Vertigo
  • Abdominal pain 
  • Indegestion
  • Diarrhea/Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Very high levels of cholesterol in the blood
  • Abnormally high concentration of fats in blood
  • Excess of uric acid in the blood
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle pain
  • Rash

What Are The More Common Side Effects Of Benicar?

Common side effects of Benicar HCT include dizziness or lightheadedness as your body adjusts to the medication. Other side effects of Benicar HCT include:

  • stomach pain
  • heartburn
  • diarrhea
  • joint pain
  • spinning sensation
  • headache
  • dry cough

Benicar is linked to severe gastrointestinal side effects that may take months or years to develop. In some instances, gastrointestinal problems resulting for these drugs have been serious enough to require immediate medical attention or hospitalization.

Benicar Sprue-like Enteropathy Lawsuits

Our dangerous drug attorneys can help if you or someone you care about suffered from sprue-like enteropathy as a result of taking Benicar. Lawsuits have been filed against the drug manufacturer by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused by this dangerous drug. You may be entitled to a settlement.

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