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(amlodipine / olmesartan)

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These medications are comparable to Azor (amlodipine / olmesartan) or used for similar purposes.

Azor
(amlodipine / olmesartan)

Norvasc
(amlodipine)

Benicar
(olmesartan)

Lower blood pressure. Azor (Amlodipine / Olmesartan) is good for lowering blood pressure since it contains two medications that act in different ways to keep your pressure under control.Lowers blood pressure. Norvasc (Amlodipine) works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain. You can't miss doses, and you might get persistent swelling.Lowers blood pressure. Benicar (olmesartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects your kidneys, but with fewer side effects.
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Reviews for Norvasc
58%
+17% better vs. Azor
50%
+25% better vs. Azor
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-10% worse vs. Azor
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Reviews for Benicar
65%
+10% better vs. Azor
63%
+12% better vs. Azor
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-13% worse vs. Azor
118 reviews
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Side effects
AzorNorvascBenicar
    More Azor side effects »
    • Edema 2%
    • Dizziness 1%
    • Palpitation 5%
    • Flushing 3%
    • Fatigue 2%
    • Nausea 1%
    • Abdominal pain 2%
    • Palpitations 3%
    • Somnolence 2%
    More Norvasc side effects »
    • Dizziness 2%
    More Benicar side effects »
    How it works
    AzorNorvascBenicar
    Azor (Amlodipine / Olmesartan) is a combination of two medications that lower blood pressure, amlodipine (a calcium channel blocker) and olmesartan (an angiotensin receptor blocker). They both relax blood vessels in different ways, which causes blood pressure to go down.Norvasc (Amlodipine) is a calcium channel blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing your heart rate and relaxing your blood vessels. Your heart gets more oxygen and doesn't have to work as hard to pump, which can relieve chest pain.Benicar (olmesartan) is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It lowers blood pressure by blocking a chemical that tightens the blood vessels. This allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.
    Type of medication
    AzorNorvascBenicar
    Prescription onlyPrescription onlyPrescription only
    Available as
    AzorNorvascBenicar
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    Used for
    AzorNorvascBenicar
    Risk factors for serious side effects
    AzorNorvascBenicar
    • Severe coronary artery disease
    • History of kidney problems
    • Heart failure
    • Taking with an ACE inhibitor
    Detailed Azor (amlodipine / olmesartan) risks & warnings »
    • Age 65 years or older
    • History of heart problems
    • Liver disease
    • History of blood vessel disease
    • History of heart failure
    Detailed Norvasc (amlodipine) risks & warnings »
    • Women of childbearing age
    • History of kidney problems
    • African descent
    • Current kidney problems
    • Using medicines that increase potassium
    Detailed Benicar (olmesartan) 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.

    Price
    AzorNorvascBenicar
    • Only available as brand medication, so it can be somewhat pricey.
    No price related info.No price related info.
    Interactions
    AzorNorvascBenicar
    No interactions related info.
    • Interacts with the cholesterol medicine Simvastatin.
    No interactions related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    AzorNorvascBenicar
    • There have been reports of people having kidney damage or failure while on Azor (Amlodipine / Olmesartan), usually when they've also had diarrhea, vomiting, or nausea. Stay hydrated to prevent this from happening, or call your doctor if you're suddenly unable to urinate as well.
    • Your body uses your liver to break down Norvasc (Amlodipine) and remove it from your blood. If you have liver disease you may not be able to remove Norvasc (Amlodipine) as quickly from your blood as someone with a healthy liver. You should increase the dose of Norvasc (Amlodipine) slowly and watch closely for how it is working in your body. Increasing the dose slowly will lower your chances of having side effects.
    • Might not be a good choice if you have liver disease.
    • Benicar (olmesartan) can hurt your kidneys. If you already have some degree of kidney damage, Benicar (olmesartan) could make it worse. It's important to get blood work done to check your kidney function before starting Benicar (olmesartan) and at least once a year while you're still taking it.
    • Requires regular blood tests to check kidney function.
    • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
    Pain
    AzorNorvascBenicar
    No pain related info.
    • Worsening heart pain or increased risk of heart attack is possible when you first start taking Norvasc (Amlodipine). This can also happen after you increase the dose of Norvasc (Amlodipine). Notify your doctor immediately if you experience any heart pain, radiating jaw pain, crushing chest pain, or persistent racing heartbeat.
    No pain related info.
    Weight
    AzorNorvascBenicar
    • There have been cases of people suffering diarrhea with weight loss months or years after taking Azor (Amlodipine / Olmesartan). This is very rare, but talk to your doctor if you get diarrhea without a known cause.
    No weight related info.
    • 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.
    Upsides and benefits
    AzorNorvascBenicar
    • It's a combination of two medications in one pill, so it reduces the amount of pills you have to take each day.
    • As a combination of two medications for high blood pressure, it works better than either by itself.
    • Taken only once a day.
    • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
    • Calcium channel blockers work especially well for African Americans to lower blood pressure.
    • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
    • Prevents heart-related chest pain (angina) if you take it regularly.
    • Each dose lasts longer than other calcium channel blockers, which keeps blood pressure consistent without big ups and downs.
    • Particularly good at lowering systolic blood pressure (the top number), so it's a good option for older people who can commonly get high blood pressure only in the top number.
    • 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 and risks
    AzorNorvascBenicar
    • Only available in a fixed combination, so it's hard to change the doses of either medication on its own.
    • If you become pregnant, your doctor will need to change the medication since it can cause birth defects.
    • Even though Azor (Amlodipine / Olmesartan) works well, it's usually not the first choice for treating high blood pressure since doctors often try other medications on their own before giving you two (in one pill) right away.
    • Can't be used with simvastatin (Zocor), a cholesterol lowering medication.
    • Only available as brand medication, so it can be somewhat pricey.
    • Calcium channel blockers can cause swelling in your limbs. If this happens for you, it probably won't get better over time, so talk to your doctor about alternatives if it bothers you.
    • Women are more likely to have side effects (especially swelling) from Amlodipine than men.
    • Some people might experience flushing with this medication.
    • You can't miss doses. Stopping Amlodipine suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
    • If you have severe heart disease, using Amlodipine might increase your risk of chest pain or heart attack during the time right after starting the medication or raising the dosage.
    • Might not be a good choice if you have liver disease.
    • 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.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    AzorNorvascBenicar
    • You can feel dizzy the first few days you take Azor (Amlodipine / Olmesartan), but your body should adjust within a week.
    • Take this at the same time every day.
    • Drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated.
    • Can cause swelling, flushing, sleepiness, and palpitations.
    • Don't stop taking Azor (Amlodipine / Olmesartan) without talking to your doctor.
    • 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.
    • Interacts with the cholesterol medicine Simvastatin.
    • Can cause ankle or foot swelling.
    • Can cause gum overgrowth. Ask your dentist to check for this side effect.
    • 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 regular blood tests to check kidney function.
    • Don't take it if you're pregnant.
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