Benicar is a type of high blood pressure medicine called an angiotensin receptor blocker or ARB. It blocks the action of a substance in the body called angiotensin II that increases blood pressure.
Benicar is indicated for the treatment of hypertension. It can be used alone or with other drugs that treat high blood pressure.
Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Benicar exactly as directed.
Take Benicar by mouth with or without food.
It may take up to 2 weeks before you feel the full benefit of Benicar. Continue to take Benicar even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Benicar without talking to your doctor.
If you miss a dose of Benicar, take it as soon as possible. If you are only taking one dose a day and do not remember your missed dose until the next day, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Store this medicine at room temperature, away from heat, light and moisture.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects: Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing. Blood in your urine. Changes in how much or how often you urinate. Chest pain (may be related to your disease and not a side effect). Fast or slow heartbeat. Lightheadedness or fainting. Muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness. Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet.
You should not use this medication if you have had an allergic reaction to olmesartan, or if you are pregnant.
If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can.
If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose.
Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby.
Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant.
If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away. Make sure your doctor knows if you are breast feeding, or if you have kidney disease or congestive heart failure. If you stop using this medicine, your blood pressure may go up.
High blood pressure usually has no symptoms.
Even if you feel well, do not stop using the medicine without asking your doctor.