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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 kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects.
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Reviews for Norvasc (Amlodipine)
59%
16% vs. Azor (Amlodipine / Olmesartan)
50%
25% vs. Azor (Amlodipine / Olmesartan)
14%
+11% vs. Azor (Amlodipine / Olmesartan)
Reviews for Benicar (Olmesartan)
66%
9% vs. Azor (Amlodipine / Olmesartan)
63%
12% vs. Azor (Amlodipine / Olmesartan)
13%
+12% vs. Azor (Amlodipine / Olmesartan)
Side effects
AzorNorvascBenicar
  • Swelling due to excess fluid 1%
  • Any side effect 1%
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  • Swelling due to excess fluid 10%
  • Fatigue 2%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Dizziness 1%
More Norvasc side effects »
  • Dizziness 2%
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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 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.
Type of medication
AzorNorvascBenicar
Antihypertensive
Calcium channel blocker
Angiotensin receptor blocker
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Antihypertensive
Calcium channel blocker
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Antihypertensive
Angiotensin receptor blocker
Prescription only
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Risk factors for serious side effects
AzorNorvascBenicar
    • Severe coronary artery disease
        • History of kidney problems
        • Heart failure
        • Taking with an ACE inhibitor
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          Pregnancy category
          AzorNorvascBenicar
          DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

          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.

          See the FDA package insert
          CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

          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.

          See the FDA package insert
          DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

          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.

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          Alcohol
          No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
          Food
          No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
          Kidneys and liver
          • 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.
          No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
          • 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.
          Sex
          No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
          Sleep
          No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
          Weight
          • 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 specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
          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.
          • Calcium channel blockers work especially well for African Americans to lower blood pressure.
          • 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.
          • 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.
          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 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.
          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.
          • 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 routine blood tests to check kidney function.
          • Don't take it if you're pregnant.
          • 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.
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