Blood Pressure Drug Linked to Gastrointestinal Problems

Jun 22, 2012

By Jane Brown

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News for zoomers who might be taking the blood pressure drug olmesartan.

A Mayo Clinic study is linking this drug used for treating high blood pressure to a number of severe gastrointestinal side effects.

The drug olmesartan is sold under the brand name Benicar.

The report found that between 2008 and 2011, 22 patients taking olmesartan suffered symptoms similar to celiac disease.

Doctors tried putting the patients on a gluten-free diet, the typical solution for treating celiac disease, but to no avail.

But when patients stopped taking olmesartan, their symptoms improved dramatically.

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