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What we now about Olmesartan

Brand Name(s): Benicar

Generic Name Olmesartan

What are olmesartan tablets?

OLMESARTAN (Benicar™) helps lower blood pressure to normal levels. It controls high blood pressure, but it is not a cure. High blood pressure can damage your kidneys, and may lead to a stroke or heart failure. Olmesartan helps prevent these things from happening. Generic olmesartan tablets are not yet available.

What should my health care professional know before I take olmesartan?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • heart failure
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • if you are on a special diet, such as a low-salt diet
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to olmesartan, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I take this medicine?

Take olmesartan tablets by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the tablets with a glass of water. Olmesartan can be taken with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What drug(s) may interact with olmesartan?

  • blood pressure medications
  • hawthorn
  • lithium
  • potassium supplements
  • water pills (diuretics)

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including nonprescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What side effects may I notice from taking olmesartan?

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:

Rare or uncommon:

  • difficulty breathing or swallowing, hoarseness, or tightening of the throat
  • swelling of your face, lips, tongue, hands, or feet
  • unusual rash

Other:

  • confusion, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting spells
  • decreased amount of urine passed
  • fast or uneven heart beat, palpitations, or chest pain

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • back pain
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • sore throat
  • stuffy nose or stuffy sinuses

What should I watch for while taking olmesartan?

Check your blood pressure regularly while you are taking olmesartan. Ask your prescriber or health care professional what your blood pressure should be. When you check your blood pressure, write down the measurements to show your prescriber or health care professional.

If you are taking this medicine for a long time, you must visit your prescriber or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Make sure you schedule appointments on a regular basis.

If you are going to have surgery, tell your prescriber or health care professional that you are taking olmesartan.

Where can I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children and in a container that small children cannot open.

Store your medicine at room temperature between 15 and 30 °C (59 and 86 °F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


(Note: The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It is not meant to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.)

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