How crazy is this? The Mayo Clinic reported Thursday that a common blood pressure drug was causing such awful gastrointestinal issues, that doctors thought the patients had celiac disease!
The research, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings (which I found in ScienceDaily.com), found that Olmesartan, a drug used for hypertension and high blood pressure, was actually causing symptoms so severe some people were hospitalized.
Weight loss was a common symptom along with diarrhea; the median weight loss was 39 pounds but one person lost as much as 125 pounds.
22 patients from 17 states had symptoms similar to celiac and some had the biopsy which showed damage that appeared to be consistent with celiac. However, when the blood was tested they were all negative for celiac. Plus, the gluten free diet didn’t help! Dr. Joseph Murray from the Mayo Clinic looked at their medications and took them off Olmesartan and their symptoms dramatically improved.
“It’s really an awareness issue,” Dr. Murray said in the article. “We want doctors to be aware of this issue, so if they see a patient who is having this type of syndrome — they think about medications as a possible association.”