The FDA has warned that Azor (olmesartan), a prescription blood-pressure medication, can potentially cause a serious gastrointestinal illness called sprue-like enteropathy. Symptoms of this disease include chronic diarrhea, severe weight-loss, intestinal inflammation. It is commonly misdiagnosed as Celiac disease (gluten intolerance).
What You Can Do & How an 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 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.
What is Azor?
Azor (olmesartan/amlodipine) is an anti-hypertensive medication that was created by Daiichi Sankyo Inc. and approved in the United States in September 2007. It is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB), which lowers blood pressure by relaxing the smooth muscles lining blood vessels. Azor also influences hormones that regulate salt and water in the blood, which also helps reduce blood pressure. Azor is very similar to Benicar and Tribenzor.
What is the problem?
In June 2012, a study linking olmesartan and sprue-like enteropathy was published by researchers from the Mayo Clinic. About a year later, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Drug Safety Communication about the risk.
The FDA and Mayo Clinic researchers reported at least 22 cases in which patients with chronic diarrhea and weight-loss who did not have Celiac disease were cured after they stopped taking olmesartan. In 10 cases when olmesartan was re-started, symptoms reappeared. The FDA hypothesized that the disease was a localized hypersensitivity reaction or a cell-mediated immune response.
“Symptoms of sprue-like enteropathy include severe, chronic diarrhea with substantial weight loss. The enteropathy may develop months to years after starting olmesartan, and sometimes requires hospitalization (see Data Summary). If patients taking olmesartan develop these symptoms and no other cause is found, the drug should be discontinued, and therapy with another antihypertensive started. Discontinuation of olmesartan has resulted in clinical improvement of sprue-like enteropathy symptoms in all patients.”
Azor Celiac Disease
Celiac disease (gluten intolerance) causes very similar symptoms as sprue-like enteropathy from Azor. Internal biopsies may also look nearly identical, which is why many patients are misdiagnosed. Unlike Celiac disease, however, symptoms do not get better on a gluten-free diet or with inflammation-suppressing injections of corticosteroids.
The only way to cure sprue-like enteropathy from Azor is by stopping the medication. Unfortunately, by the time doctors realize this, complications can include severe weight-loss, malnutrition, and intestinal damage.
Azor and Kidney Failure
If you have kidney problems, talk to your doctor before taking Azor. This medication can potentially worsen pre-existing kidney problems, or in rare cases cause side effects that can lead to kidney failure. Seek emergency medical attention if you develop unexplained symptoms of kidney damage:
- Problems urinating
- Swelling in the legs and feet
- Reduced appetite
- Feeling confused, anxious, restless or sleepy
- Pain in the back (flank pain)
Azor Class Action Lawsuit
Lawsuits have already been filed by people who used olmesartan, the active ingredient in Azor, Benicar, and Tribenzor. However, these lawsuits are not part of an Azor class action. Instead, they are individual legal claims filed by people with severe injuries. Our lawyers are now reviewing cases and investigating individual Azor lawsuits. Contact us today for more information.
Do I have an 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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