The blood pressure medication Azor (olmesartan/amlopidine) is associated with an intestinal disease that causes chronic diarrhea. Over time, this debilitating condition can destroy a person’s livelihood and their health.
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Azor and Diarrhea
Azor is a prescription medication that helps control blood pressure. It contains a combination of two drugs, olmesartan and amlopidine.
In August 2012, Mayo Clinic Proceedings published a study linking olmesartan with 22 cases of chronic diarrhea. In July 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that all drugs containing olmesartan, including Azor, were linked to sprue-like enteropathy.
The FDA recommended:
“Contact your health care professional right away if you take an olmesartan-containing product and experience severe diarrhea, diarrhea that does not go away, or significant weight loss.”
People who develop sprue-like enteropathy often have diarrhea, weight-loss, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and other symptoms. The diarrhea involves frequent, watery bowel movements. These symptoms typically do not appear until a patient has been using Azor for a few months or years. Although the symptoms resemble Celiac disease, patients do not improve on a gluten-free diet. Only stopping Azor can stop the diarrhea.
In March 2014, doctors published a case report of a 52 year-old woman who developed chronic diarrhea after taking 20-mg/day olmesartan for two years. She reported 20 episodes of diarrhea per day and a 45-pound weight-loss in six months. After visiting the hospital, she was diagnosed with a colon perforation. When doctors switched her to another blood pressure medication, her symptoms improved within one month.
Complications of Chronic Diarrhea
Diarrhea does not typically cause permanent complications unless it goes untreated. Lawsuits have been filed by people who were severely injured because doctors were not aware of the link between olmesartan and diarrhea. Over time, the lining of the intestines can be damaged (called villous atrophy), which decreases the body’s ability to digest food and absorb nutrients.
Chronic diarrhea complications:
- Intestinal damage
- Villous atrophy
- Abdominal pain
- Colon perforation
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Kidney damage or failure
- Vitamin and electrolyte (mineral) deficiency
- Severe weight-loss
- Weakness, fatigue
- And more
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