I just received an email from the Celiac Disease Research Center at Columbia University regarding a study showing a possible association between a blood pressure medication and villous atrophy. The blood pressure medication is called olmesartan and it is also known as Benicar, Benicar HCT, Azor, and Olmetec.
According to this article, the three-year study was conducted by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and it included 22 patients who had symptoms of celiac disease, but antibody blood tests did not support that diagnosis. During this study patients improved with discontinuation of the drug, while a gluten-free diet had had no impact on their chronic diarrhea.
Joseph A. Murray, MD and colleagues published their findings online in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
If you are taking olmesartan and you are having chronic diarrhea, please consider contacting your physician.
Author Information: Jennifer D. Harris, Atlanta, GA
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