Benicar, also known by its generic name Olmesartan, is a drug that helps lower blood pressure and improve blood flow. It is often used to treat high blood pressure and can be used in adults and children over 6 years old.
Olmesartan is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist. This substance keeps blood vessels from narrowing. It helps blood vessels relax, which helps lower blood pressure. Olmesartan blocks the natural angiotensin II chemical from raising blood pressure and narrowing blood vessels.
Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor and pharmacist. Read the prescription label and leaflet before consumption.
Before taking Benicar, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
The common side effects of Benicar include but are not limited to:
Call your doctor at once if you experience:
Can pregnant women take Benicar?
Do not use this medication if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Stop using this drug if you become pregnant and tell your doctor. Harm to the unborn baby can occur if this drug is taken in the second or third trimester of pregnancy.