Compare Benicar vs. Lopressor

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

Benicar (olmesartan)

Prescription only
Lowers blood pressure.

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

3.9/ 5 average rating with 118 reviewsforBenicar
Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate.

Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) lowers high blood pressure, controls chest pain, and helps treat heart failure and heart attack. You need to take it with food and can't miss a dose.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 464 reviewsforLopressor
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 treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
  • Makes pain episodes less frequent and makes it easier to be active without having chest pain.
  • A first-choice treatment for people who've had a heart attack.
  • Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) lowers the risk of death during and after a heart attack.
  • Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) is cheaper than the extended release version.
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.
  • You need to take Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) with food twice a day for it to work best.
  • Taking Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) may make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or your normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some it may not go away.
  • Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure, unless you have heart failure or heart disease. It can also be added to other medicines if your blood pressure is still too high.
  • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
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Reviews
118 reviews so far
65%
saidit'sworth it
63%
saiditworked well
12%
saidit'sa big hassle

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464 reviews so far
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saidit'sworth it
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saiditworked well
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Side effects
The Benicar (olmesartan) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
7possible side effects
  • Tiredness
    10%
  • Dizziness
    10%
  • Depression
    5%
  • Diarrhea
    5%
  • Itching or skin rash
    5%
  • Shortness of breath
    3%
  • Slowed heart rate
    3%
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Risks and risk factors
  • 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
    • Using medicines that increase potassium
    • Using salt substitutes
  • Low blood pressure
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that lower your blood pressure
  • Severe diarrhea
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  • Heart problems
    • Suddenly stopping Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)
    • Coronary artery disease
  • Masked symptoms of low blood sugar
    • Diabetes
  • Masked symptoms of overactive thyroid
  • Increased symptoms of heart failure
    • Heart failure
  • Increased risks during surgery
    • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
  • Breathing problems
    • Asthma
    • COPD
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