Benicar
DESCRIPTION

Benicar is a drug used commonly by those with high blood pressure. This drug is also commonly referred to as Olmesartan.

How it works

Benicar belongs to a group of drugs known as Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARBs). These drugs work by relaxing the blood vessels in the body. This enables the blood to flow through more easily. This in turn, reduces blood pressure to a significant extent.

Uses

This drug is mainly used to treat high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Reduced blood pressure prevents the occurrence of various problems such as strokes, heart attacks and kidney problems. Moreover, this medication is useful in treating heart failure too.

Dosage

This medication is available in both drug and liquid form. This drug is taken by mouth, once a day, with or without food. The dosage will be determined by your physician according to your medical condition and response to the treatment.

If you are using this medication in liquid form, make sure to shake the bottle well before use. You must only measure the device through a proper measuring device. If not, you might get the incorrect dose. If you take other medications to reduce cholesterol, make sure to take Benicar at least four hours ahead.

In order to experience the best effects of this medication, you need to consume it on a regular basis. If you keep forgetting to take your dose, take the medication at the same time every day. This will help you to remember your daily dose. You must continue to take your medication, even if you feel well.

Side effects

Make sure to look out for the following symptoms. Although you might not be affected by all of them, it is best to be aware.

Dizziness
Lightheadedness
Fainting
High potassium level in the blood
Signs of kidney problems
Persistent diarrhea

Although you might not develop a serious allergic reaction to Benicar, it is possible. If you do develop such symptoms, seek immediate medical help.

Precautions

Following the right precautionary methods will enable you to reduce the risk of being affected by the side effects of this medication.

Before you consume this drug, make sure that you are not allergic to it.
Speak to your doctor if you have a history of liver or kidney disease.
Do not engage in activities that require you to be alert since this drug can make you drowsy.
Avoid alcohol consumption since it can worsen the drowsiness caused by the medication.
This medication can increase your blood potassium levels. Therefore, do not consume potassium supplements during the treatment period.

Self-care

It is not recommended to use this medication during the period of pregnancy. Benicar can harm the health of the unborn baby. Due to this risk, it is best to avoid this medication when you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

Although it is not known whether this drug is passed on to an infant via breast milk, it is best to avoid it during this period. If you wish to continue the treatment while breastfeeding your child, ask your physician’s opinion first.

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