The FDA has issued warnings about severe Benicar side effects, including sprue-like enteropathy (chronic diarrhea and weight-loss). They are also investigating cardiovascular side effects, including heart attack, stroke, and death.
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FDA Investigating Benicar and Cardiovascular Side Effects
In June 2010, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Drug Safety Communication to announce that they would investigate evidence of cardiovascular side effects from Benicar, including heart attack, stroke, and sudden death.
Two clinical trials, ROADMAP and ORIENT, found that patients with type-2 diabetes who used Benicar had a higher rate of death from a heart attack or stroke compared to patients on a placebo. In ROADMAP, there were 15 cardiovascular-related deaths in Benicar patients, compared to 3 deaths in the placebo group. In ORIENT, Benicar was linked to 10 deaths, compared to 3 deaths in patients on a placebo.
Benicar and Intestinal Side Effects
Intestinal villous atrophy is a side effect that may occur in patients on Benicar who develop sprue-like enteropathy. Symptoms of this disease include chronic diarrhea, substantial weight loss, nausea and vomiting, and electrolyte abnormalities. Villous atrophy occurs when inflammation damages villi, which are microscopic tentacles on the wall of the intestine that absorb nutrients.
Serious Benicar Side Effects
- Sprue-like enteropathy
- Chronic diarrhea
- Nausea and vomiting
- Colon swelling and inflammation (colitis)
- Intestinal villous atrophy
- Intestinal damage
- Problems digesting and absorbing food
- Low blood pressure
- Kidney disease
- Swelling in the feet or hands
- Electrolyte imbalances (sodium and potassium)
- Allergic reaction
- Vision loss or eye problems
- More uric acid in blood
- Upper respiratory tract infections
- Fetal toxicity (when Benicar is used during pregnancy)
- Breakdown of muscle fibers that damages kidneys (rhabdomyolysis)
- Cardiovascular events
- Heart attack
Less Serious Benicar Side Effects
Benicar is associated with many non-serious side effects. Prescribing Information, the most common side effect of Benicar is dizziness. If any of the following side effects become persistent or serious, they should be evaluated by a doctor.
Less serious side effects of Benicar include:
- Back pain
- Sore throat (bronchitis and pharyngitis)
- Increased creatine phosphokinase
- High blood-sugar (hyperglycemia)
- Blood in urine (hematuria)
- High triglycerides in blood
- Runny nose
- Sinus infection
- Chest pain
- Swelling in the legs (peripheral edema)
- Abdominal pain
- Fast heartbeat
- Muscle and joint pain
- High cholesterol
- High lipid levels in blood
- Facial swelling
- Hair loss
- And more
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