Side Effects of Benicar Can Be Mistaken for Celiac Disease.
Popular blood pressure medication, Benicar (olmesartan), has been associated with gastrointestinal side effects that are similar to the symptoms of Celiac Disease.
Between 2008 and 2011, is was reported that over 60% of the patients in a medical study taking Benicar, reported feeling the uncomfortable symptoms of Celiac Disease, as were hospitalized as a result. On average, the patients experienced diarrhea illness for 19 months.
Celiac disease is a sensitivity to gluten. The patients were put on a gluten-free diet, but did not see relief of their symptoms.
Here are 4 side effects of Benicar that are mistaken for Celiac disease:
1. Severe or chronic diarrhea
Patients who experience diarrhea after taking Benicar will typically have the for over 6 months.
2. Nausea and vomiting
Nausea is a common side effect of taking Benicar. This symptom can be very uncomfortable, and lead to vomiting.
3. Weight loss
Weight loss caused by Benicar will typically be significant. In many instances, a decrease of more than 40 pounds.
4. Villous atrophy
Villous atrophy is the erosion and destruction of the villi in the intestinal lining. Villi are small finger like protrusions that make up the lining of the intestine.
Medical professionals finally determined that Benicar is actually causing the patients symptoms. After discontinuing the medication, patients finally saw their side effects vanish, and experienced weight gain.
After discontinuing the medication, patients finally saw their side effects vanish, and experienced weight gain.
In 2013, the FDA issues a safety warning about the risks and side effects of Benicar.