In Tennessee and all over the United States, people take all types of medications for several different medical conditions or problems every day. People who take medications expect that it will make their medical condition better or more manageable and help to improve their quality of life. However, many times certain medications have dangerous and even life-threatening complications that may make medical conditions worse or cause additional medical problems. If you or someone you know has suffered complications or injuries after taking Benicar, you should speak to a Tennessee Benicar lawyer right away. They will hear your case and work with you so you get the compensation you need for what you have been through.What is the medication Benicar used for?
Benicar is a blood pressure medicine that stops specific receptors also called angiotensin receptors. The hormone angiotensin II makes blood vessels restricted. By stopping this hormone from acting blood vessels become dilated. There are certain different types of blood pressure medications available; however, Benicar is the only one to be linked to the intestinal disorder known as sprue-like enteropathy. This disease is often mistaken for celiac disease. This disease does not allow a body’s intestinal system to absorb nutrients from food the way it should. If a person does not seek treatment for the disease, they can starve to death.
A study discovered the link between the use of Benicar and the sprue-like enteropathy disease. The study was conducted with twenty-two patients who had been taking Benicar and were experiencing gastrointestinal problems. After the patients stopped using the medication all the patients in the study had sufficient improvement in their symptoms.
It is possible that Benicar can start an immune response. When the receptors get cut off from responding to angiotensin II, this hormone continues to travel in the bloodstream. This may start gene expression of the transformation growth factor. This protein can cause cells to mutate. The increase in this protein may be the reason for the cell damage in the intestines causing the sprue-like enteropathy symptoms.What are some other severe side effects that I should be aware of?
In addition to the sprue-like enteropathy disease, there are other serious side effects that patients may experience while taking or after taking Benicar. These side effects may include but are not limited to:
- Chronic diarrhea
- Unexpected weight loss
- Inflammation of the intestines
Many of these side effects if left untreated can lead to the need to stay in the hospital or may even lead to death. At this time, this medication has not been recalled due to these severe and dangerous side effects, however, the Food and Drug Administration has suggested that a change in the label on the medication stating the link between Benicar and sprue-like enteropathy be added.How can a Tennessee Benicar attorney help me with my claim?
If you or someone you care about has suffered severe side effects after taking Benicar, then it is recommended that you contact one of our compassionate and knowledgeable Tennessee Benicar attorneys the Higgins Firm. We care about our clients and will work with and fight for you to make sure you receive the compensation you may be entitled to for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of income, and even wrongful death expenses if a loved one has died after taking Benicar. We will also might sure that the people or persons responsible are held accountable for their actions.
Contact us online or call us at 800-705-2121 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.Tennessee Benicar Lawyers
Many people in the state of Tennessee as well as in other parts of the United States have been prescribed a blood pressure medicine by their doctor to help with many different types of medical problems. Usually, these medications work as intended and do not have many harsh or life-altering side effects. Unfortunately, some blood pressure medications have been linked to more severe problems and may even be life-changing or dangerous. If you or someone you care about has taken Benicar and experienced any severe side effects or developed other medical problems after taking it, then you need to talk to a Tennessee Benicar and dangerous drug lawyer as soon as possible. They will help review your case and get you the compensation that you may be entitled to.How does Benicar Work?
Benicar works to lower high blood pressure by blocking angiotensin receptors in the body. This allows the blood vessel to become less restricted, meaning that blood pressure can be lowered and the blood can move around more freely. Benicar is produced by Daiichi Sankyo and is used to treat high blood pressure or hypertension for adults and children over the age of six.What are some risks associated with Benicar?
People who have been taking Benicar for their high blood pressure have experienced risks and side effects such as:
- Chronic diarrhea
- Feelings of nausea
- Sufficient weight loss
- Villous atrophy
- A misdiagnosis of celiac disease
Since many people who experienced these side effects were misdiagnosed, they had to endure hospital visits and procedures that did further damage to their stomach and intestines as well as for their diarrhea issues.Have any warnings been issued about Benicar and its side effects?
Beginning in July of 2013, the Food and Drug Administration released a warning about the risks of stomach conditions and problems such as sprue-like enteropathy. This warning was added to the medicine and also warned patients about the risk of chronic diarrhea and weight loss which could take months to show up after using Benicar. These warnings however, were provided approximately ten years after the Benicar medication was approved and a year after a study was conducted with patients who thought they had celiac disease. The symptoms of the disease went away after the stopped use of the Benicar medication.What should I do if I have experienced severe side effects from Benicar?
People who have taken Benicar and experienced chronic diarrhea and other stomach problems may have developed a long-term health condition known as villous atrophy and this can cause dehydration, being malnourished, problems with your electrolytes and weakened the immune system so that other problems or illnesses can be difficult to fight off. If you have experienced these side effects, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. After that, it is advised that you contact one of our experienced and caring Tennessee Benicar and dangerous drug lawyers with the Higgins Firm. We understand that this is a difficult and complicated progress to handle alone. We will review your case and work with you to see to it that you get the compensation you deserve for all of your medical bills, any loss of income you may have suffered as well as any compensation for life-long injuries or medical problems. We care about our clients and will make sure that the party or parties responsible for your suffering are held accountable for their actions.
Contact us online or call us at 800-705-2121 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.