New research conducted by Mayo Clinic physicians has revealed a direct correlation between prescription drugs and medical issues. In particular, Olmesartan, a commonly prescribed blood pressure drug has been linked to severe gastrointestinal issues including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss and symptoms of celiac disease.
Over the course of three years, physicians treated 22 patients with symptoms similar to celiac disease, including inflammation. These patients were all taking the prescription drug, Olmesartan. The only difference was that the patients did not have the antibodies typical of celiac disease in their blood. Over half of the patients were hospitalized due to the severity of their condition as well.
Olmesartan was prescribed to the patients for the treatment of hypertension. According to the U.S. National Library on Medicine, by allowing blood to flow more easily and keeping the heart pumping efficiently, this drug helps to block anything that tightens blood vessels within the body.
When the first patients were taken off of Olmesartan, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist discovered that the patients’ symptoms had improved immensely. Those who had internal biopsies showed much improvement as well and eventually, all were taken off.
Next time you hit the medicine cabinet or the pharmacy for a medical issue, it may be best to first consult your doctor. It is important to be aware of prescription drugs and the effects they could possibly have on your body.