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Lexi Hazam Discusses Dangerous Side Effects from Benicar and Similar Blood Pressure Medications

Lexi Hazam Discusses Dangerous Side Effects from Benicar and Similar Blood Pressure Medications

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned that patients with high blood pressure taking Benicar could suffer serious side effects including chronic diarrhea, unusual weight loss, and severe gastrointestinal problems.

Lieff Cabraser represent clients nationwide in individual personal injury lawsuits, including patients with high blood pressure who developed serious additional illnesses after taking Benicar to reduce their blood pressure. In the video below, attorney Lexi Hazam describes the complications that can occur in patients taking Benicar, and highlights the lawsuits brought by patients against the manufacturers of benicar and related blood pressure drugs for side effect injuries.

Benicar is the brand name for the prescription drug olmesartan, a medication used to reduce blood pressure and hypertension (chronic high blood pressure). Olmesartan is also contained in the drugs sold under the names of Benicar HT, Tribenzor and Azor. According to the FDA, Benicar and similar drugs are widely prescrxibed in the U.S., with over ten million Benicar prescriptions made to approximately two million patients in 2012 alone.

Benicar’s side effects include:

  • severe, chronic diarrhea with substantial weight loss;
  • severe gastrointestinal problems;
  • sprue-like enteropathy; and
  • villous atrophy.

These conditions often result in repeat hospitalizations, and in some cases cause secondary complications such as renal failure, lymphoma, and pancreatitis. The conditions can develop months to years after starting Benicar.

Contact Lieff Cabraser

If you or a family member have suffered serious complications after being prescribed Benicar, Benicar HT, Tribenzor or Azor, you may be eligible to file a claim. You can follow this link to contact a Benicar lawyer at Lieff Cabraser for a free, prompt, no-obligation evaluation of your case, or call Lexi Hazam toll-free at 1 800 541-7358.

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Lieff Cabraser represents clients nationwide and we have been recognized by U.S. News, Best Lawyers, and the National Law Journal as one of the nation’s top law firms for representing clients in injury cases. Our team of experienced personal injury lawyers and in-house legal nurse consultants and medical analysts provides each client with attentive, high-level, and individualized representation.