Benicar Hct

(Olmesartan / Hydrochlorothiazide)

3.5/ 5 average rating with 67 reviewsforBenicar HCT
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Lowers blood pressure.

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Our bottom line

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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Quick facts about Benicar HCT
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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.
People’s experience with Benicar HCT

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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.

Quick facts about Benicar HCT
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Dosage forms

  • Pill
People’s experience with Benicar HCT

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Side effect rates for Benicar Hct (Olmesartan / Hydrochlorothiazide)

From 289 clinical trials of Benicar HCT when taken for (tablet)
  • Dizziness
    9%9%
    2%2%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    7%7%
  • Hyperuricemia
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Nausea
    3%3%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Benicar HCT.

Benicar Hct (Olmesartan / Hydrochlorothiazide)
Placebo

People taking Benicar HCT felt side effect more

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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

Pharmacist Q&A

Benicar Hct (Olmesartan / Hydrochlorothiazide) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This combination medicine treats hypertension (high blood pressure).

Who is this drug for?

This combination medicine treats hypertension (high blood pressure).

Common concerns from people taking Benicar Hct (Olmesartan / Hydrochlorothiazide)

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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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
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Kidneys and liver
  • 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.