Compare Avapro vs. Benicar

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Avapro
(Irbesartan)

Benicar
(Olmesartan)

Coming soon.Lowers blood pressure. Benicar (Olmesartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects.
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Reviews for Benicar (Olmesartan)
66%
34% vs. Avapro (Irbesartan)
63%
12% vs. Avapro (Irbesartan)
13%
13% vs. Avapro (Irbesartan)
Side effects
AvaproBenicar

We haven’t found good data for Avapro side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Avapro »
  • Dizziness 2%
More Benicar side effects »
How it works
AvaproBenicar
Coming soon.Benicar (Olmesartan) is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It blocks a chemical that tightens blood vessels. This makes blood vessels relax, which lowers blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.
Type of medication
AvaproBenicar
Coming soon.
Antihypertensive
Angiotensin receptor blocker
Prescription only
Available as
AvaproBenicar
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
AvaproBenicar
  • Diabetic nephropathy Hypertension
Risk factors for serious side effects
AvaproBenicar
Coming soon.
    • African descent
    • Current kidney problems
    • Medicine that increase potassium
    • Use of salt substitute
      Detailed Benicar (Olmesartan) risks & warnings »
      Pregnancy category
      AvaproBenicar
      DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      See the FDA package insert
      DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      See the FDA package insert
      Alcohol
      No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
      Food
      No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
      Kidneys and liver
      No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
      • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
      • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
      Sex
      No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
      Sleep
      No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
      Weight
      No specific weight-related info.
      • Benicar (Olmesartan) has been reported to cause severe diarrhea and weight loss unexplained by other causes. Stay hydrated and notify your doctor if you continue to have more than 3-4 loose stools a day.
      Upsides and benefits
      AvaproBenicar
      Coming soon.
      • 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.
      • Recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
      Downsides and risks
      AvaproBenicar
      Coming soon.
      • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
      • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
      • Not available in less expensive generic form.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      AvaproBenicar
      Coming soon.
      • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
      • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
      • Tell your doctor about any dizziness, fatigue, cough, or throat irritation that doesn't go away.
      • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
      • Don't take it if you're pregnant.
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