5.4/ 7 average rating with 118 reviewsforBenicar

Benicar

(olmesartan)

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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.

Quick facts about Benicar
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (olmesartan)
Prices and discounts
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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.
People’s experience with Benicar

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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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Lowest price for 30 40mg tablets
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$12.36
  • Price before coupon
    $287.58
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    $12.36
    96% savings
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.

Quick facts about Benicar
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (olmesartan)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
People’s experience with Benicar

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

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Side effect rates for Benicar (olmesartan)

From clinical trials of Benicar / All

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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Price
  • use coupons for discount because its very expensive
  • High cost now that my insurance carrier is making my health decisions/demands for me...great manufacturer discount assistance made higher tier copay negligable (as low as the $5 per month from $40)...now not covered by United Healthcare plan, Blue Cross appears to be the only major carrier that will actually cover Benicar, albeit at higher tier copay. Trying Losartan to see if negligble difference in effect at cost lower than copay
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.