What is Benicar® (olmesartan) used for?
Benicar® is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist. Olmesartan keeps blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow.
Benicar® is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) in adults and children who are at least 6 years old. It is sometimes given together with other blood pressure medications.
Benicar® may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
How should I take Benicar® (olmesartan)?
Take Benicar® exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
You may take Benicar® with or without food.
Your blood pressure will need to be checked often.
You may have very low blood pressure while taking this medication. Call your doctor if you are sick with vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than usual.
Keep using this medicine as directed, even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.
How do I store Benicar® (olmesartan)?
Benicar® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Benicar® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Benicar® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Benicar® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Benicar® (olmesartan)?
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Benicar® or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
If you have diabetes, do not use Benicar® together with any medication that contains aliskiren (Amturnide, Tekturna, Tekamlo).
You may also need to avoid taking Benicar® with aliskiren if you have kidney disease.
To make sure Benicar® is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- Liver disease
- Congestive heart failure
- If you are dehydrated
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Benicar® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Benicar®. Benicar® is pregnancy risk category D, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
- A=No risk
- B=No risk in some studies
- C=There may be some risk
- D=Positive evidence of risk
What side effects can occur from Benicar® (olmesartan)?
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Benicar®: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- A light-headed feeling, like you might pass out
- Little or no urination
- Severe or ongoing diarrhea with weight loss
- Chest pain, fast heart rate
- Swelling in your hands or feet
- High potassium – nausea, slow or unusual heart rate, weakness, loss of movement
Common side effect is dizziness.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Benicar® (olmesartan)?
Benicar® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Products that may interact with this drug are:
- NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) – ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib, diclofenac, indomethacin, meloxicam, and others
Does food or alcohol interact with Benicar® (olmesartan)?
Benicar® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Benicar® (olmesartan)?
Benicar® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Benicar® (olmesartan).
What is the dose of Benicar® (olmesartan) for an adult?
Usual Adult Dose for Hypertension:
20 mg orally once a day; may increase dose to 40 mg in two weeks if further blood pressure reduction is needed.
Maximum dose: 40 mg orally once a day.
What is the dose of Benicar® (olmesartan) for a child?
Usual Pediatric Dose for Hypertension
6 to 16 years:
- 20 to less than 35 kg: 10 mg orally once a day; may increase dose to 20 mg in two weeks if further blood pressure reduction is needed
- 35 kg or more: 20 mg orally once a day; may increase dose to 40 mg in two weeks if further blood pressure reduction is needed
How is Benicar® (olmesartan) available?
Benicar® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Benicar®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Review Date: August 15, 2017 | Last Modified: August 25, 2017
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