The drug Benicar, a popular drug prescribed to treat high blood pressure, has been linked to rare but serious gastrointestinal problems, including a disease known as sprue-like enteropathy. Because its symptoms resemble those of celiac disease, this condition is often misdiagnosed. The maker of Benicar is now facing defective drug lawsuits from those who have suffered sprue-like enteropathy after taking the drug. The personal injury attorneys at The Oshman Firm are prepared to file Benicar lawsuits on behalf of victims to seek compensation for their suffering.
Compensation May Be Available for Benicar Victims
The FDA warned in July 2013 that Benicar can cause sprue-like enteropathy, a disease characterized by two primary symptoms:
- Severe and chronic diarrhea
- Substantial weight loss
These symptoms are similar to those of celiac disease, a more common ailment than sprue-like enteropathy. Because of this, many people deal with these unpleasant and potentially severe side effects for long periods of time, unaware that it is being caused by their blood pressure medication. Some patients have required hospitalization, according to the FDA. The FDA urged doctors to warn patients of this potential complication, and a warning label was added to Benicar prescriptions in 2013. These medical complications often carry substantial medical expenses on top of the physical suffering. If you have suffered these complications, you should speak to a Benicar lawsuit attorney. If we file a Benicar lawsuit on your behalf, you may be able to receive compensation for:
- The costs of hospital stays, ambulance rides, emergency room visits
- The cost of future medical expenses
- Income you lost because you were unable to work
- The physical and emotional pain and suffering brought on by this ordeal
Unlike Any Other Blood Pressure Drug
A 2012 study by the Mayo Clinic documented the link between Benicar and sprue-like enteropathy by studying 22 Benicar patients suffering symptoms similar to celiac disease. One patient in the study lost 125 pounds while taking the drug. Several had to be hospitalized. The study found that those suffering from sprue-like enteropathy stopped experiencing unpleasant symptoms when they stopped taking Benicar. Put simply: when this condition is properly identified, treating it is as a simple as changing to another blood pressure medication. No other drug in Benicar’s class is linked to sprue-like enteropathy.
How Can An Attorney Help?
When you hire an attorney, your attorney will represent only your best interests at all times. At The Oshman Firm, our defective drug attorneys pursue every avenue to get you the fullest compensation possible. The maker of Benicar, a company called Daiichi Sankyo, is currently facing lawsuits from people who have suffered serious gastrointestinal problems while taking the drug. If this has happened to you or someone you love, you should join those demanding accountability.
Get a Benicar Lawsuit Attorney
Seeking compensation starts with speaking to an experienced defective drug attorney. For a free, no-obligation consultation with an attorney at The Oshman Firm, contact us today at (800) 400-8182 or fill out the form to the right. Time may be limited to seek justice, so don’t delay.