Tribenzor, a popular blood pressure medication, has been linked to cases of sprue-like enteropathy. This rare but serious illness causes chronic diarrhea, severe weight-loss, and other debilitating symptoms. Because symptoms are very similar to Celiac disease, many victims developed severe intestinal damage before they were properly diagnosed.
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What is Tribenzor?
Tribenzor is a prescription medication for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension). It is manufactured by Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. and received approval in July 2010. Tribenzor is an ARB (angiogensin II receptor blocker), very similar to Benicar. Both drugs contain olmesartan. Tribenzor also contains Amlodipine and Hydrochlorothiazide.
How Does Tribenzor Work?
Tribenzor and other ARBs lower blood pressure by relaxing smooth muscles lining blood vessels. It also influences hormones that regulate salt and water in the bloodstream, causing these substances to be excreted in urine. This reduces the volume of blood and lowers blood pressure.
Tribenzor and Sprue-Like Enteropathy
Tribenzor contains olmesartan, a drug that was associated with sprue-like enteropathy in a study published in 2012 by Mayo Clinic researcher. Researchers identified 22 cases of enteropathy that improved when olmesartan was discontinued. Soon after, the FDA published a Drug Safety Communication and updated the label on Tribenzor to include risk information.
According to the FDA:
“Symptoms of sprue-like enteropathy include severe, chronic diarrhea with substantial weight loss. The enteropathy may develop months to years after starting olmesartan, and sometimes requires hospitalization (see Data Summary). 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.”
Tribenzor Celiac Disease
Celiac disease (gluten intolerance) is a common misdiagnosis for people with sprue-like enteropathy caused by Tribenzor. The biggest difference is that chronic diarrhea does not get better when patients stop eating gluten or start corticosteroids to suppress intestinal inflammation. The only effective treatment is stopping Tribenzor. Unfortunatley, by the time doctors make a correct diagnosis, enteropathy can cause permanent intestinal damage.
Tribenzor and Kidney Failure
Tribenzor should not be taken by patients with pre-existing kidney problems. Tribenzor may increase the risk of kidney failure, especially for people with risk-factors. You may need to have a blood test to check kidney function before starting Tribenzor.
Kidney failure symptoms may include:
- Problems urinating
- Swelling in the legs and feet
- Reduced appetite
- Feeling confused, anxious, restless or sleepy
- Pain in the back (flank pain)
Tribenzor Class Action Lawsuit
Tribenzor contains olmesartan, the same active ingredient in Benicar and Azor. Several lawsuits involving these medications have already been filed by plaintiffs who developed sprue-like enteropathy. If you were injured, you are not alone, and you may qualify to join this litigation. However, the lawsuits are not part of a Tribenzor class action — instead, they are individual lawsuits filed by plaintiffs who have hired personal legal representation. Contact our attorneys today for more information.
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