Benicar (Olmesartan): How to use. Side Effects, Dosage

Benicar (Olmesartan): How to use. Side Effects, Dosage

What is Benicar?

Benicar (olmesartan) is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist.Olmesartan keeps blood vessels from narrowing,which lowers blood plessure 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.

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How to use benicar?

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 Benicar 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.

Benicar dosage

Usual Adult  and adolescents  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.

For patients with possible intravascular volume depletion (e.g., patients treated with diuretics, especially those with impaired renal function), initiate this drug under close supervision and give consideration to a lower starting dose.

Twice daily dosing offers no additional benefit over the same total dose give once daily.

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.

For children who cannot swallow tablets, the same dose can be given using an extemporaneous suspension.

Maximum dosage

Adults:

40 mg/day PO.

Geriatric:

40 mg/day PO.

Adolescents:

17 years: 40 mg/day PO.

13 to 16 years weighing 35 kg or more: 40 mg/day PO.

13 to 16 years weighing 20 to 34 kg: 20 mg/day PO.

Children:

6 to 12 years weighing 35 kg or more: 40 mg/day PO.

6 to 12 years weighing 20 to 34 kg: 20 mg/day PO.

6 to 12 years weighing less than 20 kg: Safety and efficacy have not been established.

1 to 5 years: Safety and efficacy have not been established.

Infants

Safety and efficacy have not been established.

Benicar side effects

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; or

high potassium - nausea, slow or unusual heart rate, weakness, loss of movement.

Common Benicar side effects may include:

dizziness.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

Benicar drug Interaction

Olmesartan oral tablet can interact with other medications, vitamins, or herbs you may be taking. An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well.

To help avoid interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications, vitamins, or herbs you’re taking. To find out how this drug might interact with something else you’re taking, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Examples of drugs that can cause interactions with olmesartan are listed below.

Bipolar disorder drug

Taking olmesartan with your bipolar medication may increase the levels of the bipolar disorder drug in your body. This may cause dangerous effects. Examples of these drugs include: lithium

Blood pressure medications

Taking certain blood pressure medications with olmesartan can increase your risk of high blood potassium levels, kidney damage, and low blood pressure (hypotension). Examples of these drugs include:

aliskiren

angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), such as:

losartan

valsartan

telmisartan

angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, such as:

captopril

enalapril

lisinopril

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs):

Taking NSAIDs with olmesartan can increase your risk of kidney damage. Your risk may be higher if you’re a senior, take a diuretic, are dehydrated, or already have poor kidney function. Also, NSAIDs may decrease the effect of olmesartan. This means that it may not work as well to lower your blood pressure.

Examples of NSAIDs include:

ibuprofen

naproxen

Colesevelam:

Taking this cholesterol and diabetes medication with olmesartan can reduce the amount of olmesartan that your body absorbs. If you take both of these drugs, you should take olmesartan at least 4 hours before you take colesevelam.

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Benicar (olmesartan) disease Interactions:

There are 7 disease interaction with Benicar (olmesartan) which include:

-Hypotension

-Angioedema

-Chf

-Hyperkalemia

-Renal Artery Stenosis

-Renal Impairment

-Renal/Liver Disease

Commen medications checked in combination with benicar:

Advil (ibuprofen)

Aleve (naproxen)

amlodipine

aspirin

Aspirin Low Strength (aspirin)

atorvastatin

Benadryl (diphenhydramine)

Cialis (tadalafil)

Claritin (loratadine)

Crestor (rosuvastatin)

Cymbalta (duloxetine)

Fish Oil (omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids)

furosemide

gabapentin

grapefruit

hydrochlorothiazide

ibuprofen

levothyroxine

Lipitor (atorvastatin)

metformin

metoprolol

Nexium (esomeprazole)

omeprazole

simvastatin

Synthroid (levothyroxine)

tramadol

Tylenol (acetaminophen)

Viagra (sildenafil)

Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

Symptoms of Overdosage Benicar

Blurred vision

chest pain or discomfort

dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness

sweating

Some side effects of Benicar (olmesartan )may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Missed dose Benicar

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

Warming and Precaution of Benicar (Olmesartan)

You should not take Benicar if you are allergic to olmesartan.

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; or

if you are dehydrated.

Do not use Benicar if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant, stop taking this medicine and tell your doctor right away. Olmesartan can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester.

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.

Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of Benicar.

Do not use potassium supplements or salt substitutes while you are taking Benicar, unless your doctor has told you to.

Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall.

Storage of Benicar (Olmesartan)

Store between 68 to 77 degrees F, excursions permitted 59 to 86 degrees F.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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