What is Benicar?

Benicar is a high blood pressure medication manufactured by Daiichi Sankyo. Benicar works as an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB). By blocking angiotensin receptors, which can cause blood vessels to constrict, Benicar keeps blood vessels dilated. This, in turn, helps treat high blood pressure.

What is the Problem with Benicar?

While the pharmacokinetics might sound fairly benign, this drug has been linked to serious and devastating gastrointestinal injuries. The side effects of Benicar include a rare disorder known as sprue-like enteropathy. Symptoms of sprue-like enteropathy often mimic those seen in celiac disease and include severe, chronic diarrhea with substantial weight loss. Additionally, Benicar can also cause lymphocytic colitis, microscopic colitis, collagenous colitis, and any of the following symptoms:

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Significant weight loss
  • Bloating
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Kidney failure
  • Other stomach problems

The Benicar Lawsuit

The above side effects have catalyzed lawsuits by patients, which culminated in a $300 million settlement in the summer of 2017. To date, more than 1,700 claims have been being filed against Daiichi Sankyo by people who have suffered sprue-like enteropathy and other gastrointestinal issues as a result of taking Benicar. Claims against Daiichi Sankyo include that the manufacturer knew or should have known about the risk of intestinal problems. However, the company failed to warn of the risk.

Where should I Go for Help?

If you believe you have suffered an injury as a result of Benicar, call the attorneys at Reich & Binstock to schedule a free initial consultation today. We have over thirty years of experience in pharmaceutical liability and are here to fight for you. Call 713-352-7883 or 877-643-3099 toll free or use our contact form.