A Benicar Injury and Lawsuit
If you have suffered an injury due to taking Benicar, it would be a wise thing for you to consider calling a personal injury attorney. There may be compensation that is due you for your Benicar injury, and a personal injury attorney is the one who can help you get the compensation that you have coming to you.
Benicar is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist (blocker) drug. These drugs work to relax your blood vessels. In doing so, this lowers your blood pressure and enables your heart to pump blood easier.
Angiotensin II is a natural substance that occurs in your body. It affects your cardiovascular system in many ways. One of the ways that angiotensin II affects your cardiovascular system is by narrowing your blood vessels. This narrowing of your blood vessels can make your heart work harder and raise your blood pressure.
Angiotensin II begins the release of a hormone that increases the amount of water and sodium in your body. This may also result in an increase in your blood pressure. Angiotensin II can also thicken and stiffen the walls of your heart and blood vessels.
What does Benicar do?
Benicar works as a blocker of the action of angiotensin II. This permits your blood vessels to dilate (widen).
Olmesartan medoxomil is the active drug in Benicar. Benicar is the brand name under which it is sold in the United States.
Benicar is marketed in the United States by the Japanese pharmaceutical company Daiichi Sankyo. Benicar received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension).
Angiotensin II receptor antagonist (blocker) drugs, such as Benicar, are also used in the treatment of heart failure and kidney disease that results from diabetes. The reason for this is due to the fact that the release of angiotensin II can make these conditions worse.
It is also claimed that Benicar has several other applications in addition to the treatment of hypertension. These include Raynaud’s syndrome, kidney disease, heart failure, anti-inflammatory, arthritis, vascular remodeling, diabetes, insulin resistance, liver fibrosis, oxidative stress, myocarditis, arrhythmias, C-reactive protein reduction, neurological, preventing organ damage, atherosclerosis, antibacterial, retinopathy and migraines.
The possible side effects of Benicar
All of this sounds really good, except for some bad side effects which include vomiting, pain, diarrhea and weight loss. Then, on July 3, 2013, the FDA warned that taking Benicar can cause intestinal problems that are referred to as sprue-like enteropathy. As a result, the FDA has required that the label of Benicar be changed to include this concern.
Enteropathy is a general term for a disorder of your intestinal tract. Mayo Clinic researchers have compared the signs and symptoms resulting from taking Benicar to those of gluten-sensitive enteropathy or celiac disease. These include vomiting, intestinal inflammation, diarrhea and substantial weight loss.
In fact, claims are being investigated that the gastrointestinal problems caused by Benicar may be so severe that they can result in hospitalization or even death. In addition, the FDA has issued an alert warning that data from two studies, which are called ORIENT and ROADMAP, revealed Benicar brought about an increase in death from heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems.
Again, if you believe you have suffered an injury from taking Benicar, the wise thing to do is to call a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated.