Benicar Lawsuit Lawyers
Benicar®, a widely prescribed blood pressure medication, has been linked to several serious side effects including celiac disease-like symptoms, heart attacks, and death.
In the past year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has required the makers of Benicar to add additional warnings to their medication’s label, advising patients of the possibility of potential dangerous side effects. However, the drug was prescribed for over ten years without these warnings, leaving millions of patients in the dark about the dangers of the drugs.
If you took Benicar and were unaware of the potential gastrointestinal or cardiac side effects, the attorneys at Riddle & Brantley would like to hear from you. You may be able to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your unexpected injuries.
Benicar and Gastrointestinal Issues
Several studies have shown that Benicar can be responsible for sprue-like enteropathy in patients. This condition, which mimics celiac disease, occurred often enough that the FDA required the drug’s manufacturer to change the warning label and advise patients of the risk of developing the condition. Sprue-like enteropathy causes multiple digestive issues, including:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach cramps
- Stomach inflammation
- Unexplained weight loss
Many people suffering from these side effects were initially diagnosed as having celiac disease or a sever gluten intolerance. However, when the issues were caused by Benicar, removing gluten from the diet would not alleviate symptoms. Now, it is known that stopping treatment with Benicar can relieve problems with digestion or absorbing nutrients from food.
Possible Link to Heart Problems
In June of 2014, the FDA added a new requirement to Benicar’s warning label. The results of several studies examining links between Benicar and heart problems are now part of the label, advising patients that some studies have shown an increased risk of death when Benicar is taken by patients with diabetes, though other studies have shown that Benicar makes non-fatal heart attacks less likely.
The FDA still believes that the benefits of Benicar outweigh the risks in patients with high blood pressure. If you or your family is considering filing a lawsuit against the makers of Benicar, keep in mind that the drug may be responsible for serious heart complications.
Contact a Benicar Lawsuit Attorney Today
Physicians have been prescribing Benicar for millions of patients since its release in 2002. However, the new warnings about serious potential side effects have only been released within the past year. Patients who took Benicar without notice of these complications may have the right to recover damages for any harmful side effect they suffered without these warnings.
At Riddle & Brantley, our experienced pharmaceutical litigation attorneys fight for the rights of those injured by dangerous drugs and file lawsuits against their makers. If you or someone you love may have suffered a harmful side effect after taking Benicar, you could be entitled to compensation. Call (800) 525-7111 or use our case evaluation form to have your lawsuit reviewed for free by one of our knowledgeable dangerous drug attorneys today.