The prescription blood-pressure drug Tribenzor can cause a severe, chronic gastrointestinal disease known as sprue-like enteropathy. Unfortunately, many people with misdiagnosed as having Celiac disease before doctors were not aware of the link between Tribenzor and enteropathy.
What You Can Do & How a Tribenzor Lawsuit Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Tribenzor induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by Tribenzor, 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 Tribenzor?
Tribenzor, manufactured by Daiichi Sankyo Inc., is a prescription drug that treats high blood pressure (hypertension). It was approved in July 2010. Tribenzor is very similar to Benicar and Azor; olmesartan is the active ingredient in all three drugs, but Tribenzor also contains Hydrochlorothiazide and Amlodipine.
How Does Tribenzor Treat High Blood Pressure?
Tribenzor is an angiotension II receptor blocker (ARB). Drugs in this class reduce blood pressure by dilating blood vessels and relaxing the smooth muscles that line blood vessels. This makes it easier for the heart to pump blood throughout the body. Tribenzor also helps the body excrete sodium and water from the bloodstream, which reduces total blood volume.
Tribenzor and Sprue-Like Enteropathy
Sprue-like enteropathy is a very rare but serious side effect of Tribenzor. Approximately 23 cases have been reported in association with olmesartan, and the side effect was first identified in 2012. In 2013, the FDA published a Drug Safety Communication. Symptoms of enteropathy include severe, chronic diarrhea and substantial weight-loss. These symptoms may not appear for months or even years after the patient starts Tribenzor.
Tribenzor Celiac Disease
Celiac disease (gluten intolerance) should first be ruled out in patients on Tribenzor who have enteropathy. If no other cause can be found, patients should discontinue Tribenzor and start another ARB or blood-pressure medication.
The problem is that Celiac disease and enteropathy have nearly identical symptoms and internal biopsies. The difference is that the chronic diarrhea does not improve with a gluten-free diet or corticosteroids (inflammation-suppressing injections). Unfortunately, complications become more serious the longer it takes to make a correct diagnosis. Complications may include intestinal damage, weight-loss, malnutrition, corticosteroid side effects, and more.
Tribenzor and Kidney Failure
Kidney failure is a potential risk of Tribenzor. According to the Prescribing Information, you should not take Tribenzor if you have kidney disease. The risk of kidney problems increases for people with serious heart problems. Your doctor may give you a blood test to check kidney function before starting Tribenzor and during treatment.
Kidney failure symptoms:
- Problems urinating
- Swelling in the legs and feet
- Reduced appetite
- Feeling confused, anxious, restless or sleepy
- Pain in the back (flank pain)
Tribenzor Class Action Lawsuit
The active ingredient in Tribenzor is olmesartan, which is also found in Benicar and Azor. Several lawsuits have been filed by people who took one of these drugs and developed sprue-like enteropathy. However, these lawsuits are not part of a Tribenzor class action. Instead, they are individual lawsuits. If you were injured by Tribenzor, you may qualify to file a lawsuit and join this litigation. Contact our attorneys for more information.
Do I have a Tribenzor Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Tribenzor injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by Tribenzor, 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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