Benicar, a blood pressure medication, has recently been linked to kidney failure, a medical emergency that occurs when the kidneys are no longer able to remove wastes from the blood and maintain the electrolyte balance. If this disease is not treated in a timely manner, it can lead to death. Symptoms of Benicar kidney failure include decreased urine output, leg/ankle swelling, drowsiness and fatigue.
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How Can Benicar Cause Kidney Failure?
Since Benicar was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in April of 2002, a number of patients treated with the drug have reported developing sudden kidney failure (also referred to as renal failure) and abnormally high blood creatinine levels. Elevated creatinine levels are a known symptom of kidney disease. In rare cases, Benicar side effects may include muscle damage that can lead to kidney failure.
In Benicar users with a pre-existing history of kidney damage, doctors should monitor for decreased kidney function on a regular basis. Patients who are considering using Benicar should have their blood tested before initiating treatment, and periodically while taking the drug. Changes in kidney function are to be expected in high-risk patients.
In Benicar users who have congestive heart failure, the drug may cause decreased urine output, increased levels of waste products in the bloodstream, kidney failure and/or death.
Kidney Failure Stages
In most patients, the kidneys don’t typically fail all at once. Instead, chronic kidney disease (CKD) tends to progress over a prolonged period – months or even years. Doctors use the Glormerular Filtration Rate (GFR) to measure a patient’s kidney function and to assess the stage of kidney disease. This formula calculates the patient’s age, race, gender and serum creatinine. Creatinine is a waste product that comes from muscle activity. When the kidneys are working properly, they excrete creatinine from the bloodstream. As kidney function decreases, creatinine levels in the blood increase.
The five stages of chronic kidney disease are:
- Stage 1 with normal or high GFR (GFR > 90 mL/min)
- Stage 2 Mild CKD (GFR = 60-89 mL/min)
- Stage 3A Moderate CKD (GFR = 45-59 mL/min)
- Stage 3B Moderate CKD (GFR = 30-44 mL/min
- Stage 4 Severe CKD (GFR = 15-29 mL/min)
- Stage 5 End Stage CKD (GFR
Prescription drugs, particularly ones that treat type 2 diabetes, can sometimes help slow the progress of kidney failure. Kidney function may improve if the underlying cause – such as the use of Benicar – is identified and resolved.
However, with long-term CKD, if the kidneys deteriorate and are no longer able to function at all, there are only 2 treatment options available: dialysis, which uses a device to clean waste products out of the blood, or a total kidney transplant operation.
Do I have a Benicar Lawsuit?
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