Azor, a popular blood pressure drug, contains olmesartan. This drug has been linked to cases of kidney failure and sprue-like enteropathy, a severe intestinal disease that can cause kidney problems if left untreated.
What You Can Do & How a Azor Lawsuit Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Azor induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by kidney failure, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
Azor and Kidney Failure – Prescribing Information
Azor (olmesartan / amlopidine) is a prescription drug in the angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) class that is used to lower blood pressure.
The Prescribing Information for Azor includes warnings about kidney failure for susceptible patients, including those who take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), such as aspirin and ibuprofen.
In post-marketing experience, olmesartan has been linked to kidney failure and increased blood creatinine levels. This is often one of the first signs of kidney impairment.
Changes in kidney function may be expected in patients with certain health problems, such as heart failure. Drugs in the ARB class have been linked to kidney failure, decreased urine output, increased waste products in the blood, and death.
The label also warns against using Azor with other blood-pressure drugs that inhibit angiotensin, such as Tekturna (aliskiren), in patients with diabetes. The FDA published safety warnings about this drug combination in 2012. Other complications include hypotension (low blood pressure) and hyperkalemia (high blood potassium levels).
In July 2013, the FDA also updated the label on Azor to include warnings about sprue-like enteropathy, an intestinal disease that causes chronic diarrhea. Without treatment, fluid loss from diarrhea can cause kidney failure and other complications.
What is Kidney Failure?
The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that clean all the blood in your body every 30 minutes. Kidney failure (or “renal insufficiency”) occurs when the kidneys cannot adequately remove wastes from the blood. This results in a buildup of toxins, water, salt, and other wastes.
In acute kidney failure, the problem occurs suddenly. If a doctor can find the source of the problem (for example, a medication), complete recovery of the kidneys is possible.
- Dialysis: Hemodialysis involves a machine that removes blood from a patient’s body, cleans it, and returns it to the patient. Peritoneal dialysis involves a fluid called dialysate which is injected into the patient’s abdomen, where it absorbs wastes from the blood.
- Transplant: Major surgery in which a patient’s damaged kidneys are removed and replaced with a healthy organ from a donor.
- Pain or burning when urinating
- Frequent urination
- Urine that is cloudy or dark
- Pain in the back, side, below the ribs
- Fluid retention (swelling in the legs)
- And more
Do I have a Azor Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Azor injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by Azor, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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