Certain side effects of the blood pressure medication Benicar may mimic those of celiac disease, a rare autoimmune disorder that affects the way the body processes food. For Benicar users suffering from these symptoms, treatment may include quitting the drug and adopting a gluten-free diet. However, you should never stop taking a prescription medication without talking to your doctor first.
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 lawsuit and our lawyers can help.
How is Celiac Disease Treated?
Once a Benicar user begins experiencing symptoms of celiac disease, the patient’s doctor may recommend discontinuing treatment with the drug in favor of another with fewer potential side effects, as well as eliminating gluten from their diet. Fortunately, no surgery will be required and doctor visits will be minimal.
What is Gluten?
The term “gluten” refers to storage proteins contained in a number of different grain products. Storage proteins are not all the same. The gluten found in wheat, barley and rye contain specific amino acid sequences that may be harmful to patients with Benicar celiac disease. Gluten in oats, corn and rice are less likely to cause harm to people with the disease.
How to Avoid Gluten
Since the word “gluten” is not often used on ingredient labels, it is critical that Benicar users with symptoms of celiac disease on a gluten-free diet identify the typical places gluten hides. Close ingredient label reading builds the confidence that can lead to informed decision making. For more information and a listing of commercial foods that are gluten-free, please visit the CSA Gluten-Free Product Listing.
For the Benicar user who may have had untreated celiac disease for a prolonged period of time, there may be a number of associated immune-related disorders. Studies have identified a link between celiac disease and insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus and with thyroid disease. Celiac disease has also rarely been linked to hyposplenism, splenic atrophy and neurological disorders. It is important to note, however, that none of these conditions is specific for celiac disease.
Maximizing Your Health
In order to allow for accurate and timely assessments, the patient’s doctor needs to know when health screenings and evaluations are made in the following areas:
- Flu shots
- Pneumonia vaccines
- Bone mineral density
- GI malignancies
- Colon cancer
- Glandular function (thyroid)
Do I have a Benicar 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 Benicar lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Benicar Enteropathy cases in all 50 states.
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.