Compare Monopril vs. Benicar

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Monopril (Fosinopril)

Benicar (olmesartan)

Prescription only
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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
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
Used for
  • Hypertension heart failure
Dosage forms
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  • Pill
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Side effects
The Monopril (Fosinopril) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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Risks and warnings
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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

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Low blood pressure

    Taking with alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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