Benicar

(olmesartan)

3.9/ 5 average rating with 118 reviewsforBenicar
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Lowers blood pressure.

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

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

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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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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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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  • Possible side effects
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Kidney problems
  • Unusual swelling
  • Diarrhea
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Side effect rates for Benicar (olmesartan)

From 4457 clinical trials of Benicar when taken for high blood pressure
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Benicar.

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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

Pharmacist Q&A

Benicar (olmesartan) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats hypertension (high blood pressure).

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats hypertension (high blood pressure).

Common concerns from people taking Benicar (olmesartan)

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Price
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Benicaron 3/28/2017use coupons for discount because its very expensive
    43
    Woman
    Two years or more
    High blood pressure
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Benicaron 8/30/2017High 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
    38
    Man
    Two years or more
    High blood pressure
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
  • Not worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Benicar40 mg and was so tired I couldn't move
    50
    Man
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.