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Benicar

Benicar (Olmesartan) Information:

Therapeutic Class: Blood Pressure/Heart: Benicar (Olmesartan)
Active ingredient: The active ingredient present in Benicar is Olmesartan.
Drug Information: Benicar is the trade name for medication, Olmesartan. It is used as an antihypertensive medication to treat high blood pressure specifically essential hypertension.

How does Benicar work?

This drug contains Olmesartan which acts as a selective and competitive blocker of angiotensin II type 1 (AT1) receptor and hence it inhibits the vasoconstrictor and aldosterone-secreting effects of angiotensin II. It lowers the raised blood pressure by blocking the action of certain chemicals in the blood that constricts the blood vessels, so that blood flows more smoothly and thus relaxes the blood vessels. Thus helps to treat high blood pressure.

Is Benicar Generic available?

Yes, Benicar generic is available, the active ingredient present in Benicar is Olmesartan. 

What are generics? Generics are equivalent to brand name drugs at lower prices.

Benicar Dosage: (Available in 10mg, 20mg, 40mg)

  • In adults: Benicar is taken orally in the dosage of 10 or 20 mg once daily initially. The antihypertensive effect is considerably present within 2 weeks of therapy commencement.
  • In elderly: You may consider a lower starting dose of 5 to 10 mg once daily.

In case of missed dose:

If, for any reason, you miss out taking a dose of Benicar tablet, take it as soon as possible. On the other hand, if it is roughly the time for your subsequent dose, you can miss out the dose that you forgot taking. Never take two doses to compensate for a missed one.

Possible Benicar side effects:

Various disagreeable side effects of this drug are mentioned below:

  • Respiratory system reactions: pharyngitis, rhinitis, bronchitis.
  • Cardiovascular: low blood pressure, peripheral edema, hyperkalemia, high triglycerides level.
  • Miscellaneous: headache, fatigue, abdominal pain, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, chest pain, back pain, flu-like symptoms.

The potentially fatal side effect of this drug includes acute kidney failure. Call your healthcare provider right away if you face any of these signs and symptoms, especially if they get worse, and trouble you.

Benicar Drug Interactions:

Various drug interactions occur when this drug is taken with other drug treatments:

  • Concurrent use of this drug with heart medications such as ACE inhibitors, potassium-sparing diuretics, potassium salts, or drugs that may increase serum potassium levels, for example, cyclosporine, eplerenone, may increase the risk of hyperkalemia.
  • Olmesartan may reduce glomerular filtration when used in combination with NSAIDs and acute kidney failure may occur.
  • The increased serum concentration of lithium and toxicity may occur when Lithium and Benicar are taken together.

Benicar Precautions:

Certain safety measures need to be taken while taking a tablet of Benicar:

  • Do not drink alcohol along with this drug as it may interact adversely with Benicar.
  • Never take this drug in larger amounts, or for a longer duration than recommended by your physician.
  • Benicar tablet must be taken with proper caution when struggling with hypersensitivity to this drug or Olmesartan.
  • Avoid the use of this medication if you are having severe kidney or liver impairment.
  • Pregnant and lactating women must also avoid using it as Olmesartan may cause foetal injury and death.
  1. GENERIC

    Drug Name

    Prescription Required

    Salt Name

    Action

  2. GENERIC EQUIVALENT TO BENICAR 10mg

    Yes

    Olmesartan

  3. GENERIC EQUIVALENT TO BENICAR 20mg

    Yes

    Olmesartan

  4. GENERIC EQUIVALENT TO BENICAR H 20/12.5 mg

    Yes

    Olmesartan/ Hydrochlorothiazide

  5. GENERIC EQUIVALENT TO BENICAR H 40/12.5 mg

    Yes

    Olmesartan/ Hydrochlorothiazide

  6. GENERIC EQUIVALENT TO BENICAR 40mg

    Yes

    Olmesartan

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