Benicar Complications: Villous Atrophy
Commonly asked questions about the link between benicear and villous atrophy
- Can Benicar cause villous atrophy?
- Does Benicar increase the risk of developing villous atrophy
- Can I file a Benicar villous atrophy lawsuit?
- How many Benicar villous atrophy lawsuits have been filed?
- What are the less common side effects of Benicar?
- What are the more common side effects of Benicar?
- How to start your Benicar villous atrophy claim?
Can Benicar Cause Villous Atrophy?
A serious complication associated with the use of the Benicar blood pressure reducing drug is villous atrophy. This condition results from the cell lining of the intestinal tract shrinking.
The reason this occurs is still not fully understood. When intestinal shrinkage occurs, the body’s ability to absorb enough nutrients becomes impaired. This can cause chronic diarrhea in some individuals because less water is absorbed by the body.
Additionally, this can lead to rapid weight loss in some individuals, which can become a serious health risk. Until the recent findings linking Benicar to dangerous health conditions, many people were misdiagnosed with celiac disease and were not instructed to stop taking Benicar.
Does Benicar Increase The Risk Of Developing Villous Atrophy?
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 Villous Atrophy Lawsuit?
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.
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 Villous Atrophy 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?
Drugwatch.com 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
- Abdominal pain
- Diarrhea/Abdominal pain
- Heart Palpitations
- Very high levels of cholesterol in the blood
- Abnormally high concentration of fats in blood
- Excess of uric acid in the blood
- Muscle pain
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
- joint pain
- spinning sensation
- 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.
Our Benicar Lawyers Can Help You
Our Benicar attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was harmed by Benicar. Lawsuits have been filed against the drug maker by both patients and their families seeking compensation for villous atrophy caused by this dangerous drug. You may be entitled to a settlement. Our Benicar lawyers will help you file your lawsuit.
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