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Azor Sprue-Like Enteropathy Information

Azor Sprue-Like Enteropathy Information

Daiichi Sankyo Inc. is facing a growing number of lawsuits from people who developed sprue-like enteropathy, a serious intestinal illness, after taking olmesartan. In July 2014, the FDA warned that Azor (olmesartan/amlopidine) could increase the risk of sprue-like enteropathy.

What You Can Do & How a Azor Lawsuit Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Azor injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by sprue-like enteropathy after taking 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.

Azor and Sprue-Like Enteropathy

Azor is an anti-hypertensive medication that contains olmesartan, is an ARB (angiotensin II receptor blocker) that relaxes muscles that tighten blood vessels.

The problem is that olmesartan has been linked to dozens of cases of sprue-like enteropathy, a serious intestinal disease that causes frequent bouts of watery diarrhea with substantial weight-loss.

It is unclear exactly how Azor could potentially cause sprue-like enteropathy. Symptoms of the disease typically do not appear until a patient has been on Azor for a few months or even years. This suggests a localized hypersensitivity reaction or possibly a delayed immune system response, but no one knows.

Study Links Olmesartan and Sprue-Like Enteropathy

Many people on olmesartan suffered from chronic diarrhea for years because doctors did not realize sprue-like enteropathy was a side effect. In 2012, Mayo Clinic Proceedings published a study linking olmesartan with 22 cases of chronic diarrhea and weight-loss that were not Celiac disease. All of the patients improved when they were switched to another blood pressure medication.

FDA Safety Communication for Azor

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Drug Safety Communication for Azor in July 2013. After reviewing their database of adverse event reports, they found “clear evidence” linking olmesartan with 23 cases of sprue-like enteropathy. The label on Azor was updated to include this risk information.

What is Sprue-Like Enteropathy?

Enteropathy refers to any disease of the intestinal system. The name sprue-like enteropathy references Celiac sprue (gluten intolerance), which has nearly identical symptoms. However, unlike Celiac sprue, sprue-like enteropathy is not cured on a gluten-free diet. Only discontinuing olmesartan can cure symptoms.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Weight-loss
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Intestinal inflammation
  • Villous atrophy (flattening of the intestinal lining)
  • Bleeding
  • Kidney damage or failure
  • Nutrient deficiency
  • Electrolyte (mineral) imbalances in the blood
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • And more

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 sprue-like enteropathy after taking 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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