The Hypertension Drug Benicar Causes Serious Side Effects

Every year millions of Americans are prescribed medication for their high blood pressure. Causes from genetics, to poor diet, to stress and lack of exercise all play into how a person develops high blood pressure. Often natural cures do not remedy the situation and people resort to prescription medication to bring down their blood pressure. One medication, that earned over $800 million in 2013 alone, has been linked to a number of potentially fatal side effects. If you have suffered from Benicar use, you should contact a Benicar attorney right away to discuss your recourse.

What is Benicar?

In 2002 the Japanese pharmaceutical company Daiichi Sankyo found approval for their high blood pressure medication Benicar. It is marketed as a fast acting blood pressure medication, and can help bring down a person’s overall pressure in as little as 7 days.

The drug manufacturing company has been around for over a century. But they shot to popularity and notoriety when they discovered, and manufactured, the drug epinephrine. This adrenaline drug has saved countless lives over the years by warding off the negative effects of an allergic reaction.

Side Effects of Benicar

The drug has had tremendous success, but it is not without side effects. Many are common, and are of less concern because they don’t do long-term damage. They include:

• Dry Cough
• Stomach Cramps
• Hives
• Hair Loss
• Rash
• Elevated Cholesterol

While these side effects are annoying, they are of little concern because they will dissipate as the body becomes adapted to the drug.

However, there is a darker side to the drug. Aside from the minor, and frequent, side effects, there is a long list of more serious side effects that can have potentially deadly results. They include:

• Muscle Damage
• Kidney Damage
• Bloody Urine
• Abnormally Low Blood Pressure
• Giant Hives
• Spruelike Symptoms

The final side effect on the list is of a more serious concern. In 2012 the Mayo Clinic published a study that looked at patients who were taking Benicar and had become hospitalized. They were having severe gastrointestinal problems, and they were all thought to be suffering from celiac disease. Celiac disease, a relatively common problem where the body has intolerance to gluten, is maintained easily through a strict diet. The subjects of this study, however, did not respond to a change of diet. Instead it was discovered that these spruelike symptoms were a serious side effect of taking Benicar. A side effect that the drug company never warned the public about.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer

Many people who take prescription drugs, and have serious side effects, never realize that they are not responsible for the damages caused by the drug. Those who used Benicar, and suffered from spruelike symptoms, may be entitled to compensation to cover medical expenses and other damages. If you fall into this category, call a personal injury lawyer right away to schedule your free consultation.