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Benicar Hct Alternatives

(olmesartan / hydrochlorothiazide)

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Compare Benicar Hct (olmesartan / hydrochlorothiazide) to alternatives

These medications are comparable to Benicar Hct (olmesartan / hydrochlorothiazide) or used for similar purposes.

Benicar Hct
(olmesartan / hydrochlorothiazide)

Zestoretic
(lisinopril / hydrochlorothiazide)

Diovan Hct
(valsartan / hydrochlorothiazide)

Lowers blood pressure. 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.Lowers blood pressure. Lisinopril/hydrochlorothiazide is a good 2-in-1 blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function.Lowers blood pressure. Diovan Hct (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide) 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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4.78Benicar HCT
Reviews for Benicar HCT
57%
of people (All ages) say Benicar HCT is worth it
45%
say it works well
30%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Zestoretic
51%
+6% better vs. Benicar HCT
40%
+5% better vs. Benicar HCT
17%
-13% worse vs. Benicar HCT
294 reviews
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Reviews for Diovan HCT
63%
-6% worse vs. Benicar HCT
52%
-7% worse vs. Benicar HCT
19%
-11% worse vs. Benicar HCT
412 reviews
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Side effects
Benicar HCTZestoreticDiovan HCT
  • Dizziness 7%
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 7%
  • Hyperuricemia 2%
  • Nausea 3%
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  • Dizziness 6%
  • Headache 3%
  • Cough 3%
  • Fatigue 3%
  • Orthostatic effects 2%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Upper respiratory infection 2%
  • Muscle cramps 2%
  • Muscle weakness 1%
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  • Dizziness 4%
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How it works
Benicar HCTZestoreticDiovan HCT
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.Lisinopril/hydrochlorothiazide is a combination medicine. Lisinopril (an ACE inhibitor) 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.Diovan Hct (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide) is a combination medicine. Valsartan (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.
Type of medication
Benicar HCTZestoreticDiovan HCT
Prescription onlyPrescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
Benicar HCTZestoreticDiovan HCT
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
Benicar HCTZestoreticDiovan HCT
Risk factors for serious side effects
Benicar HCTZestoreticDiovan HCT
  • Women of childbearing age
  • African descent
  • History of lupus
  • Allergies to penicillin or sulfonamides
  • Prior history of impaired liver function
Detailed Benicar Hct (olmesartan / hydrochlorothiazide) risks & warnings »
  • Women of childbearing age
  • African descent
  • People requiring high flux dialysis
  • History of kidney disease
  • Current kidney problems
Detailed Zestoretic (lisinopril / hydrochlorothiazide) risks & warnings »
  • Women of childbearing age
  • African descent
  • History of kidney disease
  • History of lupus
  • Taking lithium
Detailed Diovan Hct (valsartan / hydrochlorothiazide) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

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.

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.

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.

Kidneys and liver
Benicar HCTZestoreticDiovan HCT
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Zestoretic (Lisinopril / Hydrochlorothiazide) can cause severe allergic reactions, including death, to patients who required certain types of kidney dialysis. Talk to your prescriber if you are undergoing dialysis to discuss possible alternative medications.
  • Zestoretic (Lisinopril / Hydrochlorothiazide) can cause kidney damage, especially if you already have a history of kidney disease. Talk to your doctor to discuss possible alternatives if this is a concern.
  • 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.
  • Diovan Hct (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide) can cause kidney damage, especially if you already have a history of kidney disease. Talk to your doctor to discuss possible alternatives if this is a concern.
Upsides and benefits
Benicar HCTZestoreticDiovan HCT
  • 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.
  • 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 Lisinopril/hydrochlorothiazide work together to lower blood pressure, remove extra water from your body, and lower your 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.
  • 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 Diovan 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.
Downsides and risks
Benicar HCTZestoreticDiovan HCT
  • 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.
  • Comes in fixed dosage strengths, so it's harder for your doctor to adjust your dose.
  • Up to 1 in 10 people can get a dry cough with this medicine. It ranges from a mild tickle in the throat to a persistent hacking cough.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Benicar HCTZestoreticDiovan HCT
  • Makes you urinate more often, so avoid taking it at bedtime.
  • 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.
  • Makes you urinate more often, so avoid taking it at bedtime.
  • 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.
  • Makes you urinate more often, so avoid taking it at bedtime.
  • 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.
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