Benicar (olmesartan) is a drug used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). It is an “angiotensin II receptor antagonist,” which means that it blocks the action of a hormone in the body that causes blood vessels to constrict, which allows blood vessels to dilate, reducing blood pressure.
Joint pain is on a long list of serious side effects associated with this drug, as reported by WebMD. Fortunately, joint pain is not life-threatening, and one of the less severe Benicar side effects, but that does not make the pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints any more bearable for the patient.
Many patients have developed health problems while taking Benicar. If you or your loved one has suffered joint pain or other health consequences from taking this drug, contact our Benicar joint pain attorneys at Farah & Farah. We are investigating claims against the manufacturer nationwide on behalf of victims who have suffered serious side effects from this medication.
Joint Pain Can Be Difficult to Live With
Damage to the joints from disease, injury, or medication side effects can cause a great deal of pain and significantly limit your range of motion. Pain, stiffness, and swelling of the joints can affect any part of the body, from the toes and ankles to the shoulders and hands. With severe joint pain, even limited movement, and particularly weight bearing movement, can be extremely painful.
Joint pain is among the common, infrequent, rare side effects associated with the drug Benicar. Patients have complained of joint pain in the knees and other parts of the body while taking this medication. If you have suffered joint pain as a side effect of taking Benicar, you may need to take other anti-inflammatory and painkilling prescriptions just to manage this agonizing side effect of your blood pressure medication.
When joint pain is caused by injury, overuse, or autoimmune disease, Medline Plus recommends warm baths, massage, stretching exercises, Tylenol, and ibuprofen. When joint pain is caused by your blood pressure medication, however, it may be it different matter, and you should let your doctor know about the symptoms immediately.
Severe joint pain, stiffness, and swelling can be debilitating. It can interfere with your activities and seriously affect your quality of life. If you have been affected by this painful side effect of Benicar, contact our firm to discuss how our pharmaceutical litigation attorney can help.
Benicar FDA Safety Warnings
Benicar is manufactured by Daiichi-Sankyo. It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of hypertension on April 5, 2002. Since that time, FDA has issued a number of drug safety communications regarding various health risks associated with Benicar.
In a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic and published in August 2012, researchers found that olmesartan (actual name of the medication) may be associated with “severe spruelike enteropathy,” a serious intestinal disorder. On July 3, 2013, nearly a year later, the FDA issued a safety warning regarding serious intestinal problems associated with taking this drug.
A clinical trial found an increased risk of cardiovascular death in diabetics taking Benicar. On June 24, 2014, FDA issued a safety announcement stating that results were not conclusive regarding this potential health risk associated with olmesartan.
Benicar Side Effects
Clearly, there are risks associated with the drug. WebMD lists 11 different severe side effects associated with Benicar, and 30 less severe but nonetheless debilitating side effects, including joint pain. In 2014, FDA required the manufacturer to make safety labeling changes to include warnings and precautions and adverse reactions based on post-marketing experience.
Patients experiencing Benicar side effects should not suffer in silence. Daiichi-Sankyo, the manufacturer of Benicar, has a responsibility to ensure the safety of its product before marketing it for public consumption, and to warn of potential side effects from day one. The company should be held accountable for the damage caused by Benicar to the patients who have taken it.
Benicar Joint Pain Lawyer Investigating Cases Nationwide
Drug manufacturers are required to warn physicians and patients of all potential side effects for drugs released on the market. Benicar labeling changes approved by FDA in June 2014 do not include warnings about joint pain, or a many other debilitating side effects experienced by patients taking the drug.
Our tenacious pharmaceutical litigation attorneys at Farah & Farah are currently investing cases of serious side effects caused by olmesartan, including joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. If you are taking or have taken Benicar and experienced joint pain or other severe side effects, call us at (800) 533-3555 for a free case evaluation.