Chronic diarrhea is a severe side effect of Azor that is a symptom of sprue-like enteropathy. Without treatment, diarrhea from Azor can cause life-threatening complications, including malnutrition and severe weight-loss.
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Azor and Diarrhea
Azor contains olmesartan, an anti-hypertensive medication developed by Daiichi Sankyo. One of the most serious side effects of olmesartan is sprue-like enteropathy, an intestinal disease that causes chronic diarrhea and substantial weight-loss.
In most cases, diarrhea from Azor involves frequent, watery bowel movements. These symptoms typically do not appear until a patient has been on Azor for a few months or years.
No one knows exactly what causes the disease, but the late onset of symptoms suggests a localized hypersensitivity reaction or delayed immune system response. It is easily misdiagnosed as Celiac disease (also known as “celiac sprue”), but the diarrhea does not go away on a gluten-free diet.
One case report described a woman who suffered from diarrhea 20 times per day for an entire year. Her symptoms appeared two years after she started taking 20-mg of olmesartan per day. She also had a 45-pound weight-loss in six months, a colon perforation, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, bloating, and a cardiac arrest. After switching to another blood pressure medication, her symptoms improved in one month.
FDA Safety Warning for Azor Diarrhea
July 2013 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved label changes to all drugs containing olmesartan, including Azor. After reviewing a database of adverse events, they found “clear evidence” linking olmesartan with 23 cases of sprue-like enteropathy. All of the patients developed late-onset diarrhea after taking olmesartan for a few months or years. After discontinuing olmesartan, all of the patients improved.
The FDA published a Safety Communication, warning:
“Contact your health care professional right away if you take an olmesartan-containing product and experience severe diarrhea, diarrhea that does not go away, or significant weight loss.”
Chronic diarrhea can cause permanent intestinal damage. Over time, the lining of the intestines flattens (called villous atrophy) and the ability of the intestines to digest and absorb food is reduced. This can destroy a person’s health.
Complications of chronic diarrhea from Azor:
- Intestinal damage
- Villous atrophy
- Abdominal pain
- Colon perforation
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Kidney damage or failure
- Vitamin and electrolyte (mineral) deficiency
- Severe weight-loss
- Weakness, fatigue
- And more
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