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Benicar Side Effects: Joint and Muscle Pain

Posted on March 3, 2016

Almost 67 million Americans suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure). Left unchecked, high blood pressure can lead to artery damage, heart attacks, aneurysms, strokes, kidney damage, and other dangerous health complications. A variety of medications designed to lower blood pressure are now on the market. One of these drugs, Benicar, has come under scrutiny for a variety of side effects it’s associated with.

Benicar, the brand name for olmesartan medoxomi, was developed by Daiichi Sankyo, Japan’s second largest pharmaceutical company. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002. Benicar came under further scrutiny recently when the U.S. Department of Justice charged Daiichi Sankyo with paying kickbacks to doctors who prescribed Benicar. Daiichi Sankyo settled the case for $39 million in 2015.

Benicar Side Effects

Not long after doctors began prescribing Benicar, some patients developed serious side effects, including dizziness, severe intestinal damage, chronic diarrhea, weight loss, birth defects, and more. Some particularly uncomfortable side effects of Benicar use include chronic joint and muscle pain, and chest pains that some mistook for a heart attack.

If you were prescribed Benicar and are suffering from any of the side effects, you may be able to pursue compensation for such damages as:

  • Permanent injury
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills
  • And more

Your first step in recovering your losses should be to contact a pharmaceutical litigation attorney about your case. Farah & Farah is currently investigating Benicar cases nationwide. To get the settlement you deserve, call us for a free consultation at (800) 533-3555.