Compare Benicar vs. Lopressor

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Benicar
(Olmesartan)

Lopressor
(Metoprolol Tartrate)

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 and controls heart rate. Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate) is good for controlling chest pain and treating heart failure and heart attack. You have to take it with food, and you can't miss doses.
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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 Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate)
62%
-3% worse vs. Benicar (Olmesartan)
47%
-16% worse vs. Benicar (Olmesartan)
15%
-3% worse vs. Benicar (Olmesartan)
464 reviews
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Side effects
BenicarLopressor
  • Dizziness 2%
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  • Tiredness 10%
  • Dizziness 10%
  • Low mood disorder 5%
  • Diarrhea 5%
  • Itching 5%
  • Shortness of breath 3%
  • Abnormally slow heartbeat 3%
  • Low blood pressure 4%
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How it works
BenicarLopressor
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.Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate) is a beta blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing heart rate, relaxing blood vessels, and lowering the body's fight-or-flight response.
Type of medication
BenicarLopressor
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
BenicarLopressor
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
BenicarLopressor
Risk factors for serious side effects
BenicarLopressor
    • African descent
    • Current kidney problems
    • Medicine that increase potassium
    • Use of salt substitute
      Detailed Benicar (Olmesartan) risks & warnings »
      • Diabetes
        • Coronary artery disease
        • Heart failure
        • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
        • History of asthma
        Detailed Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate) 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 animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

        Food
        BenicarLopressor
        No food related info.
        • Take it with food.
        Kidneys and liver
        BenicarLopressor
        • 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.
        No kidneys and liver related info.
        Weight
        BenicarLopressor
        • 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
        BenicarLopressor
        • 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 treatment to prevent chest pain (angina). Makes pain attacks less frequent and makes it easier to be active without having chest pain.
        • A first-choice treatment for heart failure. May prevent long-term heart damage.
        • A first-choice treatment for heart attack. Lowers the risk of death during and after a heart attack.
        Downsides and risks
        BenicarLopressor
        • 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.
        • Metoprolol tartrate is the immediate release version of Toprol XL. You have to take Metoprolol tartrate with food for it to work best. (On the other hand, you can take Toprol XL any time.)
        • Taking a beta blocker might make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some might not go away.
        • Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines, except if you have heart failure or heart disease. As a second choice, your doctor might add it to medicines you're already taking 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 Metoprolol tartrate suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        BenicarLopressor
        • 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.
        • Take it with food.
        • 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.
        • Can cause fatigue and headache.
        • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
        • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
        • This is the immediate release version. It also comes as an extended release form: Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate).
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