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      Brand Name: BENICAR

      Generic Name: Olmesartan

      Generic for Benicar* (Olmesartan) is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). This medication relaxes and expands the blood vessels thereby lowering the blood pressure levels, which helps prevent heart attacks, strokes, and kidney problems. Olmesartan works by blocking the action of a hormone called angiotensin II. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor. Read More>>

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    What is Generic for Benicar* used for?

    Generic for Benicar* (Olmesartan) is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). This medication relaxes and expands the blood vessels thereby lowering the blood pressure levels, which helps prevent heart attacks, strokes, and kidney problems. Olmesartan works by blocking the action of a hormone called angiotensin II. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    What is the recommended dosage of Generic for Benicar*?

    The dosage of Generic for Benicar* prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. The following dosage information includes the common dose of Generic for Benicar*. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.

    Take Generic for Benicar* by mouth. It can be taken with or without food.

    What if you miss a dose of Generic for Benicar*?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Generic for Benicar* medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

    What if you overdose on Generic for Benicar*?

    Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Generic for Benicar*, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are fainting, dizziness, and fast or slow heartbeat.

    What other drugs could interact with Generic for Benicar*?

    It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Generic for Benicar*.

    Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Generic for Benicar*, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Generic for Benicar* can interact with diuretics, potassium supplements, potassium-sparing diuretics, cough-and-cold medications, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

    Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

    What are the side effects of Generic for Benicar*?

    Like other medicines, Generic for Benicar* can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Generic for Benicar* are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

    It is pertinent to note that side effects of Generic for Benicar* cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Generic for Benicar* develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Generic for Benicar* can cause side effects such as headache, weakness, dizziness, joint pain, stomach pain, diarrhea, and upper respiratory infection. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are itching, skin rash, fainting, trouble breathing, and swelling of the face, lips, or tongue. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Generic for Benicar*.

    What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Generic for Benicar*?

    Is it possible for me to take Generic for Benicar* with other drugs?
    Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Generic for Benicar*?
    What are the possible drug interactions of Generic for Benicar*?
    How will Generic for Benicar* work in my body?
    How should Generic for Benicar* be taken?
    How to reduce the risk of Generic for Benicar* drug interactions and side effects?

    Note

    The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Before using Generic for Benicar*, tell your doctor if you have high blood levels of potassium, kidney disease, liver disease, congestive heart failure, and severe dehydration. This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy and breast-feeding. While using this medicine, do not drive, use machinery, or perform any activity that requires alertness.

     

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    Posted By... IDMRx User | 2012-08-04
    can i split a 20mg tablet and make a 30mg dose? the 20mg is not working-- Reply
    Replied by Pharmacist @ IDM
    Yes!!! you can split Benicar to make 30 mg dosage, but still I would suggest you to please get confirmation from your physician also, because you should not increase dosage of your own.
    Reply
    Posted By... IDMRx User | 2011-09-13
    Olmesartan 40mg and Hydrochlorothiazide 12.5mg ok to substitute for BenicarHCT Reply
    Replied by Pharmacist @ IDM
    Hi, Yes that's right!!! Obviously Olmesartan 40mg and Hydrochlorothiazide 12.5mg is the exact substitute for Benicar-Hct.
    Reply
    Posted By... IDMRx User | 2011-05-09
    If I obtain 40mg Benicar, can I split the pill and obtain the effect of a 20 mg Reply
    Replied by Pharmacist @ IDM
    Hi, Yes!!! You can buy Generic for Benicar 40mg and cut in to half pill to compensate Generic for Benicar 20mg and it gives you the same effect as 20mg.
    Reply
    Posted By... IDMRx User | 2011-02-15
    Does generic Benicar HCT 40-12.5 have same ingredients as regular Benicar HCT 40-12.5? Reply
    Replied by Pharmacist @ IDM
    Hi, Absolutely same ingredients are present in Generic for Benicar Hct 40-12.5mg.
    Reply
    Posted By... IDMRx User | 2011-02-01
    My wife and I both were on Benicar. The company providing part D coverage does not support this drug. Our doctor switched us to Losartin. Does this medicine work as well as Benicar? Reply
    Replied by Pharmacist @ IDM
    Yes!!! What's your doctor prescribed is correct, since both Benicar and Losartan meant for the same use. So you can switch to Losartan as per your physician's advice.
    Reply
    Posted By... IDMRx User | 2010-12-30
    I was taking benicar 40-25 but my medicare drug policy didn't have it any more. They switched me to losartan hct but the dosage of 100-25. Is this correct? Thank you. Reply
    Replied by Pharmacist @ IDM
    Hi, Benicar Hct (Olmesartan- Hydrochlorothiazide) and Losartan–Hydrochlorothiazide both are different drugs, But though they are different they meant for the same purpose, so I would suggest you to get confirmation from your physician. Since your physician had replaced Benicar Hct with Losartan-Hydrochlorothiazide based on the severity of your disease. But unfortunately we don't have Losartan-Hydrochlorthiazide in 100-25mg strengths. We have it in Losartan-Hydrochlorothiazide in 50-12.5mg strength only.
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