Azor (olmesartan), a popular blood pressure medication, can cause a rare but serious side effect known as sprue-like enteropathy. This gastrointestinal disease is often misdiagnosed as Celiac disease because it causes chronic diarrhea, weight-loss, and intestinal inflammation.
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What is Azor and How Does It Work?
Azor reduces blood pressure by relaxing smooth muscles lining blood vessels. Azor also influences hormones that cause salt and water to be excreted in urine, which reduces blood volume and lowers blood pressure. Azor is manufactured by Daiichi Sankyo Inc. and was approved in September 2007.
FDA Updates Azor Enteropathy Safety Warnings
In July 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Drug Safety Communication to warn that Azor was linked to sprue-like enteropathy. They found 23 case reports in which patients had late-onset diarrhea with significant weight-loss, and, in some cases, a biopsy showing intestinal villous atrophy. All patients improved after stopping olmesartan. In 10 cases, symptoms re-appeared when olmesartan was re-started.
This data echoes findings in a study published by Mayo Clinic researchers in June 2012. In many cases, symptoms did not appear for months or even years after the patient started taking olmesartan. This suggests a localized hypersensitivity or cell-mediated immune response is responsible for the illness.
The FDA recommends:
“If patients taking olmesartan develop these symptoms and no other cause is found, the drug should be discontinued, and therapy with another antihypertensive started. Discontinuation of olmesartan has resulted in clinical improvement of sprue-like enteropathy symptoms in all patients.”
Azor Celiac Disease
If you were misdiagnosed with Celiac disease, you are not alone. Celiac disease produces symptoms that are nearly identical to sprue-like enteropathy from Benicar. Unlike Celiac disease, however, enteropathy does not get better on a gluten-free diet or with injections of inflammation-suppressing corticosteroids. Many lawsuits have been filed by people who were misdiagnosed with Celiac disease and subsequently developed permanent intestinal damage.
Azor and Kidney Failure
Do not use Azor if you have kidney problems. Azor can worsen pre-existing kidney problems and cause rare but serious side effects that can lead to kidney failure. Call your doctor immediately if you develop symptoms of kidney damage, such as:
- Problems urinating
- Swelling in the legs and feet
- Reduced appetite
- Feeling confused, anxious, restless or sleepy
- Pain in the back (flank pain)
Azor Class Action Lawsuit Information
If you were injured by Azor, you are not alone. Several lawsuits have already been filed by people who developed enteropathy after taking olmesartan, the active ingredient in Azor, Benicar, and Tribenzor. However, these lawsuits are not centralized in an Azor class action — instead, they are individual lawsuits filed by plaintiffs with severe injuries. These plaintiffs have hired individual legal representation to fight for their right to compensation and justice.
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