Compare Benicar vs. Lisinopril

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

Benicar
(olmesartan)

Zestril
(lisinopril)

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.Lowers blood pressure. Zestril (lisinopril) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function.
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5.41Benicar
Reviews for Benicar (olmesartan)
65%
of people (All ages) say Benicar (olmesartan) is worth it
63%
say it works well
12%
say it's a big hassle
118 reviews
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Reviews for Zestril (lisinopril)
61%
-4% worse vs. Benicar (olmesartan)
51%
-12% worse vs. Benicar (olmesartan)
14%
-2% worse vs. Benicar (olmesartan)
687 reviews
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Side effects
BenicarLisinopril
  • Dizziness 2%
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  • Headache 4%
  • Dizziness 4%
  • Cough 3%
  • Low blood pressure 4%
  • Chest pain 2%
  • Kidney damage 10%
  • Fainting 7%
  • High potassium 6%
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How it works
BenicarLisinopril
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.Zestril (lisinopril) is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. 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
BenicarLisinopril
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
BenicarLisinopril
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Used for
BenicarLisinopril
Risk factors for serious side effects
BenicarLisinopril
    • African descent
    • Current kidney problems
    • Medicine that increase potassium
    • Use of salt substitute
      Detailed Benicar (olmesartan) risks & warnings »
      • Women of childbearing age
        • African descent
        • Current kidney problems
        • Medicines that increase potassium
        • Use of salt substitutes
        • History of kidney problems
        • Taking with alcohol
        • Taking other medicines that lower your blood pressure
        Detailed Zestril (lisinopril) risks & warnings »
        Pregnancy

        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.

        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.

        Kidneys and liver
        BenicarLisinopril
        • 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.
        • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
        • You'll need to have blood tests done to check your kidney function.
        Weight
        BenicarLisinopril
        • 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.
        No weight related info.
        Upsides and benefits
        BenicarLisinopril
        • 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.
        • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
        • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
        • 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.
        • Very cheap drug, and comes available as a liquid for children over 6 years of age.
        Downsides and risks
        BenicarLisinopril
        • 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.
        • Up to 10% of people can get a dry cough while using this medicine. It ranges from a mild tickle in the throat to a persistent hacking cough.
        • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
        • Zestril (lisinopril) isn't safe to use if you're pregnant.
        • Doesn't work as well in people of African descent, and can cause a greater chance of face, tongue, or lip swelling.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        BenicarLisinopril
        • 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.
        • Can cause dizziness the first few days you're taking it.
        • Check your blood pressure about 1 week after starting Zestril (lisinopril), and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
        • Let your doctor know about any dizziness, tiredness, cough, or throat irritation that doesn't go away.
        • You'll need to have blood tests done to check your kidney function.
        • Don't take Zestril (lisinopril) if you're pregnant.
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