Without a Prescription
Benicar is a popular drug that has a very powerful active ingredient: olmesartan medoxomil. Benicar is known to belong to a large class of drugs that are called angiotensin II antagonists. Such medicines are known for their ability to stop some of angiotensin II's actions and functions. This hormone (angiotensin II) is supposed to interfere with the organism's set of special receptors. This regularly leads to 2 main effects: the narrowing of the peripheral vessels and an increased stimulation of the production of aldosterone (another hormone that is naturally produced by the organism and that is known to increase the volume of liquid that is retained in the blood vessels, as it causes the kidneys to retain more water and more salt).
Benicar is able to stop the receptors that are affected by angiotensin II, thus stopping this hormone's main effects. Therefore, the patient will no longer suffer from hypertension, as the body's peripheral vessels can now widen. Benicar has proven itself to be highly effective in the treatment of high blood pressure as it can also reduce the amount of fluid that is retained by the organism because it prevents the body from producing a high amount of aldosterone (in this guide we have already explained the effects and the actions of this specific hormone).
Benicar is a popular medicine that is usually prescribed in the treatment of hypertension (especially in the case of patients who are suffering from essential hypertension - the cause of this medical condition cannot be established). However, Benicar could also be prescribed to treat or to prevent some other disorders that have not been listed here. Ask your personal healthcare provider for further information regarding Benicar.
Patients who are suffering from kidney disease (especially decreased kidney function), congestive heart failure are more prone to Benicar's side effects. They should regularly monitor their creatinine and potassium blood levels while they are following a treatment with Benicar. Benicar should not be prescribed to patients who are under 18 as it has not been thoroughly tested on children and adolescents. Some of Benicar's side effects are known to include dizziness and weariness. Therefore, while you are following a treatment with Benicar you should avoid performing any actions that require mental alertness, concentration or physical alertness. You should refrain from driving or from operating complicated machinery. Patients who are suffering from the following medical disorders should employ extra care while they are being treated with Benicar:
- Aortic stenosis;
- Cerebrovascular disease;
- Elderly people;
- Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy;
- Ischaemic heart disorder;
- Kidney disease (decreased kidney function);
- Kidney disorder;
- Mitral valve stenosis;
- Renal artery stenosis;
- Severe heart failure;
Benicar should not be prescribed to patients who are suffering from:
- Biliary obstruction;
- Decreased liver function;
- Severe kidney disorder;
You must not start taking Benicar is you are suffering from an allergic reaction to any of its main ingredients. Before you start using Benicar you should inform your personal physician if you are allergic to foods, dyes, preservatives or other substances (including other medicines). However, if you suspect that you might be experiencing an allergic reaction to one of Benicar's ingredients you should seek medical care as soon as possible.
A treatment with Benicar is known to sometimes cause harmful effects on a growing fetus. If you are pregnant, or if you think that you might become pregnant soon, you must not take Benicar without first discussing it with your personal healthcare provider. It has not been clearly determined whether Benicar's main ingredients are able to pass into breast milk or not. You must ask your personal physician if you may start taking Benicar (Benicar) if you are currently breastfeeding an infant.
Ask your personal physician to tell you how to use Benicar. You must not disobey any of your doctor's advices. If you have further questions, address a pharmacist, a nurse or a doctor and ask him or her for other explanations. You should also read the instructions from the drug's label for further information.
Your personal physician will calculate the correct dose of Benicar that you should take in. You must not make any adjustments to the dose that you have been prescribed without your personal healthcare provider's consent. The correct dose of Benicar is known to vary from one case to another.
We have no information regarding the possible side effects and / or symptoms that could be triggered by an overdose with Benicar. However, if you suspect that you might be experiencing an overdose with Benicar, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
In order to get the best effects from your treatment with Benicar, you should take it regularly. If you miss one of your doses of Benicar ask your physician what to do next. It is forbidden to take extra doses of Benicar without your doctor's approval.
Benicar's side effects include:
- Back pain;
- Flu-like or cold symptoms;
- Peripheral oedema;
Ask your physician if you may take other drugs while you are treated with Benicar.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Benicar may also be known as: