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Benicar(Olmesartan) is an angiotension receptor blocker. It decreases the body’s production of angiotension 2, a hormone that can lead to increases in blood pressure. It also causes the adrenal gland to secrete aldosterone. It is commonly used to treat hypertension.


How to Use


Take this medication by mouth with a glass of water. This medication can be taken with or without food.  Be sure to take it regularly exactly as directed.


If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is already almost time for your next dose, take only that next dose. Do not double up on any dose.


Important Information


Do not operate heavy machinery, drive a car, or engage in other activity that requires fine motor skills until you are sure of how this medication affects you.


Check your blood pressure and meet with your doctor regularly while on this medication.


Notify your doctor if you become pregnant while using this medication.


Avoid alcohol consumption.


Stand and sit slowly when you first start taking this medication to avoid dizziness.


Be sure that your prescribing doctor is aware if you have any of the the following conditions before taking this medication


Kidney disease, liver disease, history of allergic reactions, pregnancy or breastfeeding, if you are on a unique diet(with low sodium intake).


Side effects that should be immediately reported to your healthcare provider


Confusion, dizziness, decrease in passage of urine, diarrhea, tightening of throat of difficulty breathing, changes in heartbeat or chest pain, rashes, swelling of the tongue, face, lips, hands or feet, vomiting, weight loss.


Other Side Effects


Cough, libido changes, headache, sinus congestion, nausea, muscle pain or cramps.


Adult Dose




20-40 mg by mouth once daily.




1. Benicar® oral tablets, olmesartan medoxomil oral tablets. Parsippany, NJ: Daiichi Sankyo Inc; (Per FDA) 2012.

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