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Generic Benicar (olmesartan) is an orally administered medication that is made to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). Make with a combination of hydrochlorothiazide, thiazide diuretic which disrupts the body from fluid retention, and olmesartan, an angiotensin II receptor antagonist that prepares the vessels for healthy blood flow. For best results, use Generic Benicar in combination with a healthy diet and exercise regime. Reducing stress levels also helps control hypertension and maintain a healthy blood pressure. Consult your doctor before taking Generic Benicar for either above mentioned conditions, or alternative uses.
How to take
Take Generic Benicar with a full glass of water. Contact your doctor for the precise instructions that apply to you. Dosage of this medication may change during treatment depending on the severity of your condition and the progression of your illness.
Monitor your blood pressure frequently while taking this medication. Many patients are advised to schedule doctor's visits while taking Generic Benicar to monitor the effectiveness of this treatment.
Inform your doctor and surgeon that you are taking Generic Benicar before you go in for any surgical procedure or medical test. Do not stop taking this medication without first speaking to your doctor, as suddenly halting treatment may worsen your condition.
Always read the ingredients before taking this or any other medication to ensure that there are no elements that may elicit an allergic reaction. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following side-effects associated with an allergic reaction: hives, shortness of breath, swelling of the lips, tongue, throat or face.
While rare, taking Generic Benicar may lead to the development of kidney failure and conditions that result in a breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue.
Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
- muscle pain, tenderness or weakness, especially if these symptoms occur in combination with nausea, vomiting, fever and darker urine;
Additional serious side effects include:
- ongoing vomiting or diarrhea, excessive perspiration, chest pain, decelerated heart rate, accelerated heart rate, pain in the eye, vision impairment, shortness of breath, rapid weight gain, difficulty, frequent or the inability to urinate, jaundice, fainting spells, dry mouth, anxiousness, disorientation, lightheadedness, seizures.
Less serious side effects associated with Generic Benicar include:
- headache, dizzy feeling, fatigue, diarrhea, stomach pain, heartburn, and coughing.
Additional side-effects may result from taking this medication. Consult a medical profession before taking this or any other medication.
Always read the ingredients before taking this or any other medication to ensure that there are no elements that may elicit an allergic reaction.
Do not take Generic Benicar if you have an inability to urinate.
Before taking this medication, consult your doctor if you have a history of any of the following medical conditions:
glaucoma, diabetes, congestive heart failure, high cholesterol or triglyceride levels, gout, kidney disease, liver problems, asthma, unhealthy levels of potassium in your blood, lupus, or allergies to sulfa drugs.
Do not take Generic Benicar if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or plan on becoming pregnant. Immediately contact your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment. It is recommended to use effective birth control while taking this medication.
Always read the ingredients before taking this or any other medication to ensure that there are no elements that may elicit an allergic reaction. Do not take Generic Benicar if you are allergic to olmesartan or hydrochlorothiazide.
Contact your doctor if you are taking any of the following medications before adding Generic Benicar to your treatment plan:
any diuretics (water pills), any additional blood pressure medications, any insulin or diabetes medicine that are administered orally, a muscle relaxers, steroids, narcotic medications, lithium, cholestyramine or any NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) (including aspirin and ibuprofen).
Always inform your doctor of any medications you are taking (including vitamins, herbal supplements, and over the counter medications) before embarking on a new treatment. Additional medications not listen here may interact negatively with your medication.
Do not take more than your recommended dosage. Take missed doses as soon as you remember unless it is nearly time for your next treatment.
Keep Generic Benicar in a cool, dry place away from heat and moisture. Dispose of any unused medication past the point of expiry. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
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