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Medications that Cause Problems When Taken with Benicar

Posted on April 12, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 30 percent of American adults, or about 70 million people, suffer from hypertension or high blood pressure. This number is only expected to grow with the aging of the Baby Boom generation. Because high blood pressure is such a common American health problem, many pharmaceutical companies have developed medications specifically designed to lower blood pressure.

One such drug developed to combat hypertension or high blood pressure is Benicar, the brand name for olmesartan medoxomil. Benicar is manufactured by the giant Japanese drugmaker Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. Since Benicar received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in 2002, it has become a popularly prescribed blood pressure medication. Approximately 11 million prescriptions for the medication are written per year across the United States.

But, severe side effects and drug interactions have been associated with Benicar use. Major health problems, including severe intestinal damage, have also been reported by Benicar users. Among the drugs that can have harmful interactions with Benicar are:

•Aspirin

•Lithium (brand names Camcolit, Eskalith, Lithobid, etc.)

•Trimethoprim (brand name Primsol)

•Aliskiren (brand name Tekturna)

•Sodium phosphate bowel cleansers

•NSAIDS (brand names Advil, Motrin, Aleve)

•Potassium-sparing diuretics

•Loop diuretics

•Colesevelam (brand name Welchol)

•Canagliflozin (brand names Invokana, Sulisent)

•Drospirenone (brand name Yasmin)

If you have suffered side effects or negative drug interactions after being prescribed and using Benicar, it is important that you contact your physician to discuss your medication use. Then, contact a pharmaceutical litigation attorney because you may be able to pursue compensation for your injuries. To get the settlement you need to heal and move on, consult the Benicar attorneys at Farah & Farah. We have successfully represented injury victims for over 35 years. Call Farah & Farah today at (800) 553-3555.