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    What is Olmesartan used for?

    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 Olmesartan?

    The dosage of Olmesartan prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

    Take Olmesartan by mouth. It can be taken with or without food.

    What if you miss a dose of Olmesartan?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Olmesartan 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 Olmesartan?

    Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Olmesartan, 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 Olmesartan?

    It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Olmesartan.

    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 Olmesartan, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Olmesartan 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 Olmesartan?

    Like other medicines, Olmesartan can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Olmesartan 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 Olmesartan cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Olmesartan develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Olmesartan 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 Olmesartan.

    What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Olmesartan?

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