BenicarBenicar was approved in 2002 and is widely used by patients suffering with high blood pressure or hypertension. Benicar is know by the generic name Olmesartan. Benicar is an angiotensin receptor blocker also known as an ARB. Benicar may be prescribed alone or with other high blood pressure medications. Some of these other angiotension receptor blocker drugs are Azor, Tribenzor and Benicar HCT.
Some patients prescribed and taking Benicar suffer severe gastrointestinal side effects while taking Benicar. In July of 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning stating that Benicar can and may cause sprue like enteropathy in patients taking Benicar. The condition known as sprue like enteropathy is one in which the patient experiences vomiting, dehydration, chronic diarrhea, rapid weight loss and cardiovascular problems. Some patients with these Benicar side effects have required hospitalization.
Benicar was first linked to spruce like enteropathy after patients at the Mayo Clinic had to be hospitalized. These patients were thought to suffer from celiac disease. Celiac disease is one in which patients have an adverse reaction to gluten. When a gluten free diet failed to control the patients symptoms, doctors came to realize that each of these patients had been prescribed Benicar. After being taken off of the drug Benicar,the patients at the patients at the Mayo Clinic symptoms improved.
Around 10.5 million Benicar and Olmesartan containing prescriptions were dispensed in 2012. After the Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) warning in 2013,many more Benicar prescribed patients came forward,reporting spruce -like enteropathy symptoms thought to be related to the drug Benicar.