Benicar and Sprue-like Enteropathy

Benicar and Sprue-like Enteropathy

Sep 18

Benicar (olmesartan) is one of a family of angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB), also known as sartans which are used as treatment for hypertension. Diarrhea has always been known to be a side-effect of ARBs including olmesartan, so there is no surprise there. However, as mentioned in the website of law firm Williams Kherkher, an alarming number of cases has been reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as observed by researchers which strongly indicate that there a link between Benicar and a condition called sprue-like enteropathy. It is believed that drugs containing olmesartan alone among the ARBs are the only ones with this effect.

The condition is called sprue-like enteropathy because it mimics the symptoms of Celiac sprue, more commonly known as celiac disease which is a chronic medical condition resulting from an intolerance to gluten. Gluten is a protein present in wheat, rye, barley and related grains that when ingested by a celiac disease patient causes an immunological response, damaging the intestinal mucosa and villi, flattening it. This is called villous atrophy of the intestine, and results in the non-absorption of nutrients, diarrhea and weight loss. To test for celiac disease, the patient is tested for the presence of an antibody assay called the immunoglobulin A anti-tissue transglutaminase antibody or IgA-tTG. A patient with sprue-like enteropathy will exhibit the same symptoms but the IgA-tTG test will be negative.

Because the condition inhibits the absorption of food nutrients, a patient suffering from sprue-like enteropathy over a period of time is at risk of developing massive and irreversible intestinal damage that will affect other organs in the body. When celiac disease is ruled out, it is likely that the symptoms are being caused by Benicar, and should be discontinued under the doctor’s supervision.

If you have acquired sprue-like enteropathy because of Benicar, you may have already suffered from significant harm that would require costly medical intervention and care. Consult with a dangerous drugs lawyer in your area to go about getting compensation for your condition.


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