July 24, 2014 — Two new studies have linked the popular blood-pressure drug Benicar (olmesartan) to an increased risk of hospitalization for gastrointestinal symptoms.
Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine published a report of a woman who was hospitalized with a colon perforation after taking Benicar (20-mg/day) for three years. Two years after starting the medication, she reported suffering chronic diarrhea about 20 times per day. Within six months, she lost 45 pounds.
The woman was admitted to a hospital complaining of severe nausea and abdominal pain, where doctors diagnosed her with a colon perforation. During her stay, she suffered a cardiac arrest but was resuscitated. After doctors ruled out Celiac disease, they discontinued Benicar. One month later, her symptoms resolved and the colon perforation healed.
Benicar Linked to Increased Risk of Hospitalization for GI Symptoms
French researchers have also presented a study linking Benicar and a 10-fold increased risk of hospitalization for gastrointestinal symptoms, when compared to patients on other blood-pressure drugs in the ARB or ACE inhibitor class.
The study presented during the Digestive Disease Week (DDW) conference in Chicago in June. Conclusions were based on data from 4.5 million French people in the nation’s healthcare system who used Benicar between 2007 and 2012.
Data linking Benicar and sprue-like enteropathy was first published by researchers from the Mayo Clinic in June 2012. One year later, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Safety Communication and updated the label on Benicar, warning that it could cause severe intestinal damage.
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