Compare Captopril vs. Benicar

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

Capoten (Captopril)

Prescription only

Benicar (olmesartan)

Prescription only
Lowers blood pressure.

Captopril is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function, but you have to take it on an empty stomach.

2.9/ 5 average rating with 106 reviewsforCaptopril
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
Upsides
  • 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.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • Up to 1 in 10 people can get a dry cough with this medicine. It ranges from a mild tickle in the throat to a persistent hacking cough.
  • Compared to other ACE inhibitors, less flexible on when and how you take it. Captopril needs to be taken multiple times a day on an empty stomach.
  • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
  • 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.
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Reviews
106 reviews so far
34%
saidit'sworth it
25%
saiditworked well
25%
saidit'sa big hassle

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118 reviews so far
65%
saidit'sworth it
63%
saiditworked well
12%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
5possible side effects
  • Rash
    7%
  • Flushing
    5%
  • Dysgeusia
    4%
  • Pruritus
    2%
  • Cough
    2%
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The Benicar (olmesartan) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Harm to fetus
    • Women of childbearing age
  • Cough
  • Unusual tongue swelling
    • African descent
  • Heart problems due to high potassium
    • Current kidney problems
    • Medicine that increase potassium
    • Use of salt substitute
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  • 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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