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Benicar Side Effects

Benicar Side Effects

Benicar is a blood-pressure drug that has been linked to many side effects, including sprue-like enteropathy. This condition causes chronic diarrhea, severe weight loss, and intestinal damage that can cause permanent malnutrition. 

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Benicar induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with sprue-like enteropathy, 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.

FDA Warnings for Benicar Side Effects

The FDA has issued safety warnings about two types of serious Benicar side effects:

  • Cardiovascular side effects: FDA published a Drug Safety Communication in June 2010 after two clinical trials, ROADMAP and ORIENT, linked Benicar to 25 deaths involving heart attack or stroke, compared to just 6 deaths in patients on a placebo. All of the patients had type-2 diabetes.
  • Gastrointestinal side effects: FDA published a Safety Communication after receiving 23 reports of sprue-like enteropathy (chronic diarrhea and weight-loss) associated with Benicar. Over time, enteropathy can cause intestinal villous atrophy, which is a type of permanent intestinal damage that occurs when inflammation erodes away villi on the intestinal wall.

List of Severe Side Effects of Benicar

  • Sprue-like enteropathy
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Weight-loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Colon swelling and inflammation (colitis)
  • Intestinal villous atrophy
  • Intestinal damage
  • Problems digesting and absorbing food
  • Low blood pressure
  • Kidney disease
  • Swelling in the feet or hands
  • Electrolyte imbalances (sodium and potassium)
  • Allergic reaction
  • Seizures
  • Vision loss or eye problems
  • More uric acid in blood
  • Upper respiratory tract infections
  • Fetal toxicity (when Benicar is used during pregnancy)
  • Breakdown of muscle fibers that damages kidneys (rhabdomyolysis)
  • Cardiovascular events
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Death

List of Non-Serious Side Effects of Benicar

Dizziness is the most common side effect of Benicar, according to the Prescribing Information. It is also associated with a wide range of non-serious side effects, but these should be evaluated by a doctor if they become persistent or severe.

Benicar side effects that are not serious:

  • Dizziness
  • Back pain
  • Sore throat (bronchitis and pharyngitis)
  • Increased creatine phosphokinase
  • Headache
  • High blood-sugar (hyperglycemia)
  • Blood in urine (hematuria)
  • High triglycerides in blood
  • Runny nose
  • Sinus infection
  • Chest pain
  • Swelling in the legs (peripheral edema)
  • Vertigo
  • Abdominal pain
  • Indigestion
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Rash
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • High cholesterol
  • High lipid levels in blood
  • Facial swelling
  • Hair loss
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • And more

Do I have a Benicar Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Benicar injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with sprue-like enteropathy, 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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