Azor, a widely-prescribed blood pressure medication, has recently been linked to sprue-like enteropathy, a gastrointestinal (GI) disorder that causes bouts of chronic diarrhea. On July 3, 2013, the FDA announced that it was requiring labels of Azor and other similar hypertension drugs to be updated with information about enteropathy and diarrhea. Unfortunately, even when patients quit taking Azor, they may still be left with long-term GI complications.
Free Azor Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by Azor side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
Azor Linked to Gastrointestinal Problems
Azor (olmesartan medoxomil, amlodipine) is a prescription hypertension drug that is classified as an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB). Since it first hit the U.S. market in 2007, Azor users have reported suffering bouts of chronic diarrhea, but the link between the medicine and gastrointestinal complications often went unrecognized by doctors.
As a result of these problems, in July 2013, the FDA warned that multiple cases of sprue-like enteropathy had been diagnosed in patients treated with olmesartan-containing blood pressure medications like Azor. Verbiage about this risk was added to the drugs’ labeling later that year which stated that they may cause chronic diarrhea and abnormal weight loss, which may not appear for a prolonged period – months or even years – after patients begin a regimen with the drug.
Unfortunately, the FDA’s warning came more than five years after Azor hit the market, and nearly a year after a Mayo Clinic Proceedings report was published highlighting the number of olmesartan users who had suffered symptoms of celiac disease, which stopped when they quitting taking the drug.
In most patients, diarrhea tends to go away within a few days, and doesn’t require medical treatment or a hospital visit. The most important thing to do to treat diarrhea is to prevent dehydration by replenishing lost fluids, salts and electrolytes with products like Pedialyte and Gatorade. And though abstaining from fiber-rich foods during a bout of chronic diarrhea may decrease some symptoms, fiber can help reduce the severity of diarrhea by increasing the bulk of the patient’s stool.
Can I File an Azor Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit against Daiichi Sankyo, the maker of Azor, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving pharmaceuticals allege that a drug was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a certain side effect. In the case of Azor, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that Daiichi Sankyo failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of sprue-like enteropathy.
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a lawsuit against the maker of Azor, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your enteropathy, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold the drug’s manufacturer accountable for releasing an allegedly defective drug into the marketplace, and to discourage other pharmaceutical companies from engaging in similar conduct.
Do I have an Azor Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Azor lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Azor Diarrhea cases in all 50 states.
Free Azor Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed chronic diarrhea after taking Azor, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an Azor Suit and we can help.