Benicar

Benicar Medication Information:

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Keep hypertension under control with Benicar

Benicar is the brand name of the drug Olmesartan, manufactured by Sankyo Pharma, Inc. The drug is primarily used in the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension) and also used in helping to prevent kidney damage. Benicar is from the class of medicine known as angiotenisin 11 inhibitor anti hypertensives, and may be used in conjunction with other anti hypertensive agents.

How does Benicar Work

The angiotensin 11 hormone triggers a contraction of the blood vessels which in turn causes a raise in the blood pressure. Consequently there is an increase in the workload of the heart and arteries. If not addressed, over a period of time these organs will begin to malfunction, leading to a host of other damages. This can affect the blood vessels of the brain, the heart and the kidney. This oftentimes results in failure of the heart, failure of the kidney and strokes. By keeping the blood pressure under control, Benicar helps to reduce the possibility of problems such as these.

The drug works by putting up a block against the effects of the hormone angiotensin 11. It causes the blood vessels to loosen up, which allows the blood to flow much easier. This consequently causes a drop in the blood pressure. With the blood pressure being lower it is easier to prevent chronic ailments such as heart attacks and strokes.

How to use Benicar

This medication is available only with a doctor's prescription. The drug should be taken orally one time a day unless otherwise specified by the medical practitioner. Benicar should be taken with a full 8 ounce glass of water and may be taken with food as well as without food. While there may be signs of recovery and the patient may feel better, it is essential that the treatment be continued. The drug keeps the blood pressure under control but it does not however, entirely cure high blood pressure. The one being treated should therefore not voluntarily discontinue use of this medication.

Side Effects

Based on the reports of extensive clinical studies, the most common side effect of Benicar is dizziness. Most other side effects are minor in nature and do not require any treatment. Among the minor side effects are nausea, heartburn, stomach pain, joint or muscle pain and headache. Severe side effects are usually less common, and do require immediate medical attention. These include irregularity in the heartbeat, difficulty when swallowing, tightness in the chest and fainting spells. Unexplained skin rashes, itching and wheezing are also considered serious and should be reported immediately.

Other Brand Names

Other names under which Benicar is identified or sold are:

  • Olmesartan
  • Olmesartan Medoxomil
  • Olmetec

Safety Information:

Pregnant women and women who may become pregnant should not take Benicar before consulting with a doctor. This drug may cause severe harm to the unborn baby. Mothers who are breast-feeding are also cautioned to inform their doctors prior to taking Benicar.

Persons with allergic reactions to any of the ingredients in Benicar should not take it. The doctor should also be notified of allergies to any other drugs prior to taking Benicar. Individuals with kidney, liver or heart disease should notify their doctor of these conditions, as an adjustment in dosage may be required.

Those taking any form of prescription or non prescription medications should also mention this to the doctor. These include nutritional supplement, herbal products or vitamins. Additionally, the consumption of alcoholic beverages while taking Benicar may lessen its effects. Alcohol should be avoided while being treated.

Patients should avoid taking potassium supplements or salt substitutes containing potassium. This medicine can raise the potassium levels, which can cause serious side effects such as muscle weakness or a slow heartbeat. In the event any of these effects occur, immediate medical attention should be sought.

Children and anyone under the age of 18 should not take Benicar, as there is no information on the safety and effectiveness of the drug among individuals of this age group.

Dosage:

The dosage may vary from patient to patient and should be taken exactly as prescribed. The recommended starting dosage for adults is 20 mg once per day. The dose may be increased to 40 mg after two weeks of treatment depending on patient's need and response to the medication. For persons taking a diuretic the initial dosage may be less than usual. In the event a dose is missed the missed dose should be taken as soon as remembered. If it is almost time for the next dose, patient should skip the missed dose.

Visual Description:

Benicar may come as a round yellow film-coated tablet containing 5 mg of Olmesartan Medoxomil. One side of the tablet is debossed with 'Sankyo' and the other side marked C12. There is also the 20 mg strength which looks similar, except being white in color and marked C14 on one side. Benicar 40 mg strength is oval-shaped, debossed 'Sankyo' on one side and C15 on the other.

Benicar Facts

Benicar (olmesartan) is in a group of drugs called angiotensin II receptor antagonists.

The active ingredient in Benicar keeps blood vessels from narrowing and helps kidneys eliminate extra fluid.

Benicar has a bioavailability of 26% and its mode of metabolism is hepatic.

Benicar is the trade name for a medication containing the active ingredient olmesartan.