The popular blood pressure medication Benicar (olmesartan medoxomil) has been linked to celiac disease, a condition in which the small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten. Celiac disease causes damage to the lining of the small intestine due to a reaction to eating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye. This article discusses the various symptoms of Benicar celiac disease.
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What are the Symptoms of Celiac Disease?
Many cases of celiac disease are hard to diagnose because the condition tends to affect people differently. There are approximately 300 known symptoms which may occur in the digestive system or other areas in the body. Some Benicar users with celiac disease may experience no symptoms whatsoever. However, every patient with celiac disease is at risk for suffering long-term complications, whether or not they experience symptoms.
Does Your Child Have Celiac Disease?
Digestive symptoms are usually more common in younger patients. The most common symptoms of celiac disease in children are:
- Abdominal bloating/pain
- Persistent diarrhea
- Weight loss
- Dental enamel defects on permanent teeth
- Delayed growth and puberty
- Short stature
- Failure to thrive
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Do You Have Celiac Disease?
Adult Benicar users are less likely to suffer digestive symptoms, with only about 30% reporting chronic diarrhea. Adults are more likely to experience:
- Bone/joint pain
- Bone loss
- Tingling numbness in the hands and feet
- Migraine headaches
- Missed menstrual periods
- Infertility/recurrent miscarriage
- Canker sores
- Itchy skin rash
Factors Influencing Symptoms
A number of factors may influence the symptoms of celiac disease a patient has, including:
- How long he or she was breastfed
- Age of patient when gluten was introduced to the diet
- How much damage celiac disease has done to the intestine before the condition was diagnosed
- Whether or not the patient is taking Benicar, or if he or she has used the blood pressure medication in the past
Certain patients will not experience any symptoms of celiac disease because their intestine is still able to absorb enough nutrients to prevent them. Nevertheless, celiac disease will eventually take its toll. The condition should be treated as early as possible to avoid potential long-term complications including:
- Liver disease
- Cancer of the intestine
It is extremely important to recognize the symptoms of Benicar celiac disease and begin a gluten-free diet as soon as possible. In children, the condition can stunt growth and delay puberty. Hair loss and dental problems may also occur in children and teens who eat gluten with celiac disease.
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.