Without a Prescription
Olmesartan is prescribed to treat high blood pressure.
Olmesartan is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If you are on a special diet, such as a low-salt diet;
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding;
- If you are taking other medicines, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal or complementary medicines;
- If you have an unusual or allergic reaction to olmesartan, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives;
- If you have breast-feeding;
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or any other medicine;
- If you have gall-bladder, liver or kidney problems;
- If you have kidney or liver disease;
- If you have pregnant or trying to get pregnant;
- If you have problems with your heart valves or heart muscle;
- If you suffer from renal artery stenosis (a narrowing or blockage of the artery supplying the kidney);
Do not take Olmesartan with any of the following drugs:
- Potassium salts or potassium supplements;
- Diuretics, especially triamterene, spironolactone or amiloride;
- Blood pressure medicines;
Alcohol can make you more drowsy and dizzy. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Avoid salt substitutes unless you are told otherwise by your doctor or health care professional.
Call your doctor or health care professional if you notice an irregular or fast heart beat.
Check your blood pressure as directed. Ask your doctor or health care professional what your blood pressure should be and when you should contact him or her.
Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.
Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds, or pain while you are taking Olmesartan without asking your doctor or health care professional for advice.
Some ingredients may increase your blood pressure.
Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.
There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child, particularly in the second or third trimester.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress.
Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how Olmesartan affects you.
Olmesartan side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Feeling sick, abdominal pain, indigestion;
- Cough and flu-like symptoms, aches and pains, urine infections, tiredness;
- Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, hands, or feet;
- Sore or cramping muscles;
- Skin rash, itching;
- Nausea or stomach pain;
- Nasal congestion or stuffiness;
- Fast or irregular heart beat, palpitations, or chest pain;
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing, hoarseness, or tightening of the throat;
- Decreased sexual function or desire;
- Decreased amount of urine passed;
- Confusion, dizziness, light headedness or fainting spells;