Prescription onlyClass: Cardiovascular

Benicar Hct

(Olmesartan / Hydrochlorothiazide)

Prescription onlyClass: Cardiovascular
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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.
How it works

Benicar HCT is a combination medicine. Olmesartan (an angiotensin receptor blocker) lowers blood pressure by making blood vessels relax. Hydrochlorothiazide (a diuretic or water pill) lowers blood pressure and swelling by removing extra fluid from your body.

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Side effect rates for Benicar Hct (Olmesartan / Hydrochlorothiazide)

289 From clinical trials of Benicar HCT / All (tablet)
  • Dizziness
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection
  • Hyperuricemia
  • Nausea

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.