Compare Benicar vs. Diovan

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

Benicar (olmesartan)

Prescription only

Diovan (Valsartan)

Prescription only
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
Lowers blood pressure.

Diovan (Valsartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects.

5.2/ 7 average rating with 431 reviewsforDiovan
Upsides
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
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Reviews
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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431 
65%
think this treatment is worth it
54%
think this treatment works well
15%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Benicar (olmesartan) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Diovan (Valsartan) 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

  • Low blood pressure

    Taking with alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

  • Unusual tongue swelling

    African descent

  • Heart problems due to high potassium

    Current kidney problems

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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