Benicar (Olmesartan Medoxomil)
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Olmesartan Medoxomil Information
OLMESARTAN (all mi SAR tan) is used to treat high blood pressure.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.Read more...
Benicar® is in a class of medicines called angiotensin II receptor blockers. Medicines like Benicar® work to control high blood pressure by blocking a process in the body that makes blood vessels constrict, or become tighter. When this happens, the blood pressure goes up.
Benicar® works to keep the blood vessels in a more relaxed state. This lowers blood pressure and improves the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart muscle and other important parts of the body.
Untreated high blood pressure makes the heart work harder just to keep the blood and oxygen supply flowing to critical organs like the brain and kidneys. The added stress of high blood pressure can also damage the blood vessels that connect to the heart itself.
Once the damage is done it is very hard, sometimes impossible, to correct it. Controlling your high blood pressure is critical to avoiding conditions like stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and peripheral artery disease.
Ask your doctor to explain your blood pressure numbers. Understanding the goals of your treatment and your target blood pressure numbers are an important part of developing a treatment plan.
Your doctor may ask that you help monitor your blood pressure by taking readings at home. Work with your doctor to select the most appropriate device, have it calibrated with the equipment in your doctor’s office, and create a journal to record your readings. Your doctor will guide you in developing a journal that includes the information he or she needs to monitor your condition.
Taking a medicine like Benicar® is not enough to control problems with high blood pressure. Your doctor will help you develop a plan that includes other steps, such as diet changes, weight control, physical activity, and helping smokers to quit.
Lifestyle changes are an important part of improving your blood pressure. In fact, in some people the medicine can sometimes be reduced or even stopped if the lifestyle change make a significant change in their blood pressure.
Take your Benicar® dose exactly as prescribed and at the same time each day, usually in the morning. Choose a time that is convenient for you and easy to remember. Swallow the tablet whole. Food does not change the way Benicar® works in the body.
When ordering prescription Benicar® from an online Canadian pharmacy referral service always take time to review any written medication information provided with your prescription. The information provided may have changed since your last refill.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions: -if you are on a special diet, such as a low-salt diet -kidney or liver disease -an unusual or allergic reaction to olmesartan, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives -pregnant or trying to get pregnant -breast-feedingRead more...
Medical problems may affect the way Benicar® works in your body. Your doctor needs to know about every medical condition or problem you have to determine the best treatment for you. Talk to your doctor about all your medical conditions even if you think it is not related to your high blood pressure.
In addition to the above list, let your doctor know if you have ever had problems with congestive heart failure or any heart conditions, dehydration, low levels of sodium in your blood, diabetes, kidney problems, liver problems, or gastrointestinal problems. Even if these conditions are not a problem for you now, your doctor may want to monitor your condition carefully for any past problems.
Talk to your doctor about your family history of heart disease and high blood pressure.
As with most medicines, interactions with other substances, including medicines prescribed by other doctors, over-the-counter products, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol use, and smoking, can be dangerous. Give your doctor a complete list of everything you take.
Be sure you tell all your doctors and healthcare providers that you are taking Benicar®. Your doctors need to know in order to prevent possible serious interactions with other medicines and medical conditions.
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. This medicine can be taken with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 6 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once. NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
-blood pressure medicines -diuretics, especially triamterene, spironolactone or amiloride -potassium salts or potassium supplements
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.Read more...
More information about some of the medicines mentioned above is provided here. Additional medicines that may cause problems when combined with Benicar® are also described. This is not a complete list.
- Tekturna (aliskiren hemifumarate)
- Welchol (colesevelam hydrochloride)
- Eskalith (lithium carbonate)
- Zanaflex (tizanidine hydrochloride)
- Celebrex (celecobix)
- K-Dur (potassium hydrochloride)
- Aldactone (spironolactone)
- Lotensin (benazepril hydrochloride)
- Midamor (amiloride hydrochloride)
- Capoten (captopril)
- Dyazide (triamterene/hydrochlorothiazide)
- Accupril (quinapril hydrochloride)
If you are taking a medicine that you think is similar to one of the drugs listed here, let your doctor know as soon as possible.
Some interactions may increase the effects of either Benicar® or the other medication mentioned. Other interactions may reduce the effectiveness of one, or both, of the medicines. Some interactions can be prevented by adjusting the dose of Benicar® or the dose of the other medicine.
Never adjust your dose on your own. Talk to your doctor to determine the safest way to manage possible drug interactions.
Many processes are at work in your body that handle drugs. Interactions can happen at different places and for different reasons. Some processes involve how your gut absorbs the medicine, others involve the way your liver works to alter medicines. Some interactions occur at the exact place in your body where the drugs connect to do their job, and others involve changes with the way the drug is eliminated from your body.
Benicar® is no exception. There are many medicines that interact with the active ingredient found in Benicar®. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist to be sure you are not taking drugs that interact.
Each time you have a new drug added to your existing list of medications, be sure to ask your pharmacist to check it against all your other medicines.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Check your blood pressure as directed. Ask your doctor or health care professional what your blood pressure should be and when you should contact him or her. Call your doctor or health care professional if you notice an irregular or fast heart beat. Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child, particularly in the second or third trimester. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information. You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can make you more drowsy and dizzy. Avoid alcoholic drinks. Avoid salt substitutes unless you are told otherwise by your doctor or health care professional. Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds, or pain while you are taking this medicine without asking your doctor or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients may increase your blood pressure.Read more...
Always watch for signs of an allergic reaction when you start a new medicine. Allergic reactions can be serious and sometimes life-threatening. Symptoms can include swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat, difficulty breathing, tightening of the chest, and a skin rash, itching, and hives. Seek emergency medical help if you develop signs of an allergic reaction.
Some situations can cause your body to lose fluids suddenly which can cause your blood pressure to drop quickly. Watch for feelings of dizziness, lightheadedness, or feeling faint, especially if associated with situations that can cause you to lose fluids. You can quickly lose fluids if you develop vomiting, diarrhea, or excessive sweating during exercise or hot weather. Let your doctor know as soon as possible if this occurs and drink fluids.
Let your doctor know if you develop persistent gastrointestinal problems. This includes symptoms like severe and persistent diarrhea or unexplained weight loss. This can be a sign of a serious side effect that is possible with Benicar®. These symptoms can begin even after you have been taking this medicine for months or even longer. Let your doctor know immediately if you have these symptoms or other symptoms that are persistent and seem unrelated to other medical conditions you have.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible: -confusion, dizziness, light headedness or fainting spells -decreased amount of urine passed -diarrhea -difficulty breathing or swallowing, hoarseness, or tightening of the throat -fast or irregular heart beat, palpitations, or chest pain -skin rash, itching -swelling of your face, lips, tongue, hands, or feet -vomiting -weight loss Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome): -cough -decreased sexual function or desire -headache -nasal congestion or stuffiness -nausea -sore or cramping muscles
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.Read more...
Other side effects that may be less frequent but important are listed here. Let your doctor know as soon as possible if you experience any of the side effects listed.
- bloody, dark, or cloudy urine, bladder pain, or any changes in kidney function
- muscle cramps or spasms, muscle pain, body aches, and joint pain or stiffness
- fever, chills, headache, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, or ear congestion
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- weakness or heaviness in the legs, or swelling of the feet or lower legs
- lower back, side, or stomach pain
- blurred vision
- swelling or hives on any parts of the face, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
When you start taking your online prescription Benicar®, let your doctor know about any other side effects or problems you think are related to taking Benicar®. While many side effects are possible, most people do not have adverse reactions while taking this medicine. Some reactions to this medicine may require medical attention while others do not. Let your doctor know of any side effects that are bothersome or persistent.
Keep out of the reach of children. Store your medicine at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
Olmesartan Medoxomil Oral tablet