The hypertension drug Benicar (olmesartan medoxomil) can cause symptoms similar to those caused by celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine that occurs in genetically predisposed patients. Long-term complications of celiac disease may follow in patients who do not stop taking Benicar, as well as in patients with symptoms who do not follow a gluten-free diet. In many cases, these complications may improve or go away if both steps are taken.
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What are the Complications of Celiac Disease?
- Malnutrition – Even when patients with celiac disease are on a healthy diet, they can still become extremely malnourished because nutrients in the food are not being absorbed in the intestines. Instead, important vitamins and nutrients are excreted from the body in the stool. Malnutrition in celiac disease patients can cause weight loss, anemia, fatigue, delayed or stunted growth, neurological complications, and low bone density.
- Decreased Calcium Levels / Osteoporosis – Calcium and vitamin D are excreted through the stool rather than being absorbed into the body, which may cause rickets in children, kidney stones, osteomalacia (softening of the bones), osteopenia and osteoporosis. Curiously, bone diseases have been found in patients with moderate cases of celiac disease who do not have malabsorption. Bone density can actually improve once a patient starts a gluten-free diet.
- Lactose Intolerance – Lactase, an enzyme that assists in digesting the lactose in dairy foods, is made in the cells of the villi in the small intestine. When the villi shrink in patients with celiac disease who have eaten gluten, lactase can no longer be made and the patient becomes lactose intolerant. Many people on a gluten-free diet find that once their intestines have healed, lactase can be produced again, and they are able to resume eating lactose-containing foods.
- Cancer – Studies have found that untreated celiac disease may increase the risk of gastrointestinal (GI) cancers like lymphoma. However, despite this increased risk, GI cancers are rare in patients with celiac disease. Some evidence seems to indicate that in celiac patients who are gluten-free, the risk is no greater than in any other healthy person.
- Neurological / Psychiatric Complications – Some patients with Benicar celiac disease may suffer from depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, neuropathy, balance disorders, seizures and migraine headaches.
- Miscarriage / Birth Defects – Pregnant women who are unaware that they have celiac disease may have nutrient absorption problems that can cause miscarriages or congenital abnormalities in their babies, such as neural tube defects.
- Short Stature – In children and adolescent patients, celiac disease can lead to short stature. During a child’s formative years, it’s important that they get the proper nutrition to help them grow and develop. If they have undiagnosed celiac disease and are eating gluten-rich foods, the damage to their intestines may prevent critical nutrients from being absorbed. Fortunately, if celiac disease is diagnosed in a timely manner, a gluten-free diet can help the child reach a normal height.
Do I have a Benicar Lawsuit?
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Free Benicar Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed symptoms of celiac disease after taking Benicar, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Benicar Suit and our lawyers can help.