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Benicar is also known generically as Olmesartan and is commonly prescribed to treat high blood pressure. Olmesartan is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) and helps relax blood vessels to let the blood flow easier preventing strokes, heart attacks and kidney problems.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Benicar orally once a day with a full glass of water. This medication can be taken with or without food. Make sure you take Benicar at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of medication in your system. For optimal results take this medication on a regular basis. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Benicar. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to kidney disease, liver disease, and severe loss of body water, and mineral efficiencies. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Benicar.
If you are taking any other drugs for cholesterol ensure that you take Benicar four hours before any other medication. Additionally you can speak with your doctor to help schedule your drugs to ensure there are no interactions.
While taking Benicar you may feel dizzy, drowsy or experience blurred vision. Avoid driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery until you feel it is safe. Alcohol and Cannabis can exasperate these side effects. Additionally you can speak with your doctor about acceptable limits for these substances while taking Benicar.
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 dosage from the initial diagnosis.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose 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: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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