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What is Benicar HCT used for?
Benicar HCT is prescribed to treat high blood pressure, which is also known as hypertension. High blood pressure adds to the workload of the heart and arteries. If it continues for a long time, the heart and arteries may not function properly. Therefore, lowering blood pressure is important because it helps reduce the risk of serious cardiovascular issues such as strokes or heart failures. Nearly one in three Americans has this condition, but not everyone is aware that they do. Most patients are shocked when they learn that they are hypertensive.
You can buy Benicar HCT online at My Drug Center. We have the Olmesartan/Hydrochlorothiazide generic alternative as well, but it may not be available in all the same strengths as the brand choice.
How does Benicar HCT work?
Benicar HCT is an oral tablet that contains a combination of the active ingredients Olmesartan and Hydrochlorothiazide. Olmesartan blocks a substance in the body that causes blood vessels to tighten. As a result, it relaxes the blood vessels which lowers blood pressure and increases the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart. Hydrochlorothiazide is a thiazide diuretic (water pill), which reduces the amount of water in the body by increasing the flow of urine to reduce blood pressure. It also helps prevent the body from absorbing too much salt, which causes fluid retention.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Benicar HCT orally once a day with a full glass of water. This medication can be taken with or without food. Make sure you take Benicar HCT at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of Olmesartan/Hydrochlorothiazide in your system. For optimal results take this medication on a regular basis. Do not change or increase your Benicar HCT dosage. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
Benicar HCT or the Olmesartan/Hydrochlorothiazide generic may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Your doctor needs to know about any allergies you have, as well as any known medical conditions relating to liver disease. Also, you should tell your doctor about any medications or supplementation you take, whether prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, recreational drugs, and dietary or herbal supplements to avoid interactions with Benicar HCT.
Alcohol may worsen certain side effects of Benicar. Talk to your doctor about how much alcohol is safe to consume while taking this medicine. Until you know how Benicar HCT will affect you, do not drive, operate machinery, or perform any unsafe tasks.
Side effects for Benicar are: dizziness, lightheadedness, bronchitis, back pain, joint or muscle pain, stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, itching or skin rash, weakness, headache, flu-like symptoms, blood in the urine, and sinus infections.
More serious side effects are: difficulty with breathing or swallowing, chest pain, cough, vertigo, abdominal pain, hyperkalemia, renal failure, and muscle tissue breakdown (rhabdomyolysis).
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak to your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Benicar?
A: You doctor will be able to determine the best Benicar HCT or Olmesartan/Hydrochlorothiazide generic dosage from the initial diagnosis.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed Benicar HCT as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the missed dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Do not take this medication if you're pregnant. If you become pregnant while taknig Benicar, call your doctor immediately. It is not known whether the medicine is found in breast milk. Do not breastfeed while taking this drug without talking to you doctor first.
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