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Benicar Hct

(Olmesartan / Hydrochlorothiazide)

Prescription onlyNo lower cost generic available
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Lowers blood pressure.

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Benicar HCT is a good 2-in-1 blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects.

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Upsides

  • Combination medicine for people with high blood pressure. Doctors might prescribe it when you need more than one medicine to control your blood pressure.
  • The two drugs in Benicar HCT work together to lower blood pressure and remove extra water from your body.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • 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.
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Downsides

  • Comes in fixed dosage strengths, so it's harder for your doctor to adjust your dose.
  • Makes you urinate more often.
  • Doesn't work as well in people with severe kidney problems.
  • 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.
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Side effect rates for Benicar Hct (Olmesartan / Hydrochlorothiazide)

Risks and Warnings for Benicar Hct (Olmesartan / Hydrochlorothiazide)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Women of childbearing age

    Benicar Hct (Olmesartan / Hydrochlorothiazide) can cause birth defects or death to a fetus. If you're considering having a baby, talk to your doctor about alternative medicines.

    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 Hct (Olmesartan / Hydrochlorothiazide)

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Kidneys and liver
  • 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.