More than 60 million Americans over 20 years old suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure) at any one time, and this number is growing as a result of increased work stress, unwise lifestyle choices, and age. Mild hypertension can be managed quite easily with a healthy diet and regular exercise, but unfortunately more than half of hypertensive subjects exercise little or no control over their medical condition, with the result that it gets worse over time. At the point when most people finally decide to manage it with medication is when it is so bad that 1,000 people die every day primarily because of hypertension.
Even when they seek help in managing their high blood pressure, they are more likely to depend on medication than make any lifestyle changes, which is why drugs that are designed to lower blood pressure like Benicar (olmesartan) are widely prescribed. In 2012, manufacturer Daiichi Sankyo registered $2.446 billion in sales from Benicar alone.
Benicar a brand-name drug sold in the US from a class called angiosten II receptor blockers (ARBs) or sartans . There are several drug classes designed primarily to manage hypertension, and all of them have side effects to some degree. As discussed on the website of law firm Williams Kherkher, sartans as a whole are known to cause dizziness and diarrhea and they are contraindicated for patients who are pregnant (Class D drug) and diagnosed with bile duct obstruction. What is unique about Benicar is that it is the only one in its class which may cause patients to develop sprue-like (mimicking celiac disease) enteropathy, which essentially prevents the body from absorbing food nutrients to an alarming degree with continued use.
Some patients who had not known about this particular side effect of Benicar had continued taking the medication until the causative link was finally established. By then, many had sustained permanent damage to their intestinal tract and now require special medical care. Some have already filed lawsuits against Daiichi Sankyo for failure to warn so they can compensation for their injuries. If you are in the same position, you should consider following their lead and consult with a competent Benicar lawyer.