Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular

Benicar

(olmesartan)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular
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5.41Benicar

Lowers blood pressure.

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Our bottom line

Benicar (olmesartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects your kidneys, but with fewer side effects.

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Upsides

  • 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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Downsides

  • 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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How it works

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.

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Benicar (olmesartan) reviews
Dosage forms
  • Pill

What to expect when you take Benicar (olmesartan) for High blood pressure

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Side effect rates for Benicar (olmesartan)

Risks and Warnings for Benicar (olmesartan)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Women of childbearing age

    Benicar (olmesartan) can cause birth defects. If you become pregnant, stop taking Benicar (olmesartan) right away and talk to your doctor.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Benicar (olmesartan)

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Kidneys and liver
  • 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.
Sleep
  • 40 mg and was so tired I couldn't move
Weight
  • 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.