Benicar (olmesartan) is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). It works by relaxing blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily. Benicar is available in generic form. Common side effects of Benicar include: headache dizziness fatigue weakness diarrhea back pain This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Important Information

You should not use Benicar if you are allergic to olmesartan. To make sure Benicar is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had: kidney disease or are on dialysis liver disease heart disease or congestive heart failure Do not take Benicar within 24 hours before or after taking medicine that contains valsartan (Diovan). You may be more likely to have a heart attack or your congestive heart failure may get worse if you take Benicar with certain other blood pressure medications. Do not take aliskiren (Tekturna) with Benicar. Do not take Benicar with other ARBs such as candesartan (Atacand), eprosartan (Teveten), irbesartan (Avapro), losartan (Cozaar), olmesartan (Azor), telmisartan (Micardis), or valsartan (Diovan). If you have diabetes, do not take Benicar with aliskiren (Amturnide, Tekamlo, Tekturna, Tekamlo HCT). If you are pregnant, do not take Benicar. To make sure Benicar is safe for you, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known whether olmesartan passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are taking Benicar. Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice. How should I take Benicar? Take Benicar exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Benicar is usually taken once daily with or without food. To treat high blood pressure, it is usually taken once a day. You may need to take Benicar on a long-term basis for the treatment of high blood pressure. To treat congestive heart failure, it is usually taken twice a day. If you cannot swallow a tablet whole, tell your doctor if you have any medical conditions. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. If you take aliskiren (Tekturna, Tekamlo) with Benicar, your blood pressure could drop to a dangerously low level. Call your doctor at once if you have: a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out; kidney problems - little or no urination, blood in your urine, swelling in your feet or ankles, feeling tired or short of breath; liver problems - nausea, upper stomach pain (that may spread to your back), tiredness, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); high potassium - slow heart rate, weak pulse, muscle weakness, tingly feeling; low blood pressure - dizziness, weakness, tired feeling, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath; signs of a stroke - sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), sudden severe headache, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance; signs of a serious allergic reaction - rash, itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, chest pain, trouble breathing; or severe skin reaction - fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling. Common side effects may include: dizziness, drowsiness; tired feeling; diarrhea, constipation; mild headache; muscle or joint pain; sleep problems (insomnia); upper respiratory infection; or stuffy nose. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. What other drugs will affect Benicar? Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially: a diuretic or "water pill"; insulin or oral diabetes medicine; lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid); potassium supplements; steroids (prednisone and others); or NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)--aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac, indomethacin, meloxicam, and others. This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect Benicar, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here. Further information Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Benicar only for the indication prescribed. Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances. Copyright 1996-2018 Cerner Multum, Inc. Version: 9.01. Medical Disclaimer

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