Compare Avapro vs. Benicar

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Avapro (irbesartan)

Prescription only

Benicar (olmesartan)

Prescription only
Lowers blood pressure.

Avapro (irbesartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects your kidneys and has few side effects.

Lowers blood pressure.

Benicar (olmesartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects your kidneys, but with fewer side effects.

5.4/ 7 average rating with 118 reviewsforBenicar
Upsides
  • Avapro (irbesartan) lowers your risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • It works similar to ACE inhibitors (like lisinopril), but it doesn't have the same side effects like coughing and facial swelling.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • It's recommended for people with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
  • Available in generic, and available with hydrochlorothiazide as a combination tablet.
  • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Similar to ACE inhibitors (like lisinopril), with fewer side effects like cough and swelling.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Available by itself and in combination with different blood pressure medicines in a single pill.
Downsides
  • You'll need to get yearly blood tests while taking Avapro (irbesartan) to see how it is affecting your body.
  • It's not safe to use Avapro (irbesartan) if you're pregnant.
  • Avapro (irbesartan) can cause the level of potassium in your blood to go up.
  • You'll need to get medical help if you notice any unusual swelling around your head and neck.
  • Can't be used in children under 18.
  • Requires regular blood tests to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
  • Recently became a generic, though still relatively expensive.
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118 
65%
think this treatment is worth it
63%
think this treatment works well
12%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Avapro (irbesartan) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Benicar (olmesartan) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Birth defects

    Women of childbearing age

  • Worsening kidney problems

    History of kidney problems

  • Swelling in the face and head

    African descent

  • High potassium levels

    Current kidney problems

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Lightheadedness & dizziness

    Taking with alcohol

    ...and 3 more risk factors

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  • Birth defects

    Women of childbearing age

  • Worsening kidney problems

    History of kidney problems

  • Swelling in the face and head

    African descent

  • High potassium levels

    Current kidney problems

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Low blood pressure

    Taking with alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

See more detailed risks and warnings