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Benicar is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) that is used for the treatment of high blood pressure in combination with other medication. It may also be prescribed for other conditions as found suitable by your doctor.
Mode of Application
Benicar can be taken by mouth with or without food. However, the best way to use the drug is as recommended by your doctor.
Drug Class & Mechanism
Benicar is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist. It works by inhibiting the action of a chemical transmitter (angiotensin II) and allowing the blood vessels to dilate (widen) and the kidneys to eliminate extra sodium and fluids. These actions combine to help lower blood pressure.
If you miss a dose of Benicar, then you may take it as soon as you remember and adjust the remaining doses accordingly. However, if it is nearly time for the next dose then you may skip this dose and continue with the regular dosage. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.
Store it at room temperature (between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C) in an air tight container protecting it from direct exposure to light, heat and moisture. Keep away from pets and children.
Discuss with your doctor about any prior medical condition that you may have including allergies to medicines, food or other substances.
Benicar may cause drowsiness. These effects get aggravated if you take it with alcohol or certain other medications (sleep aids, muscle relaxers). So, do not drive or perform other potentially hazardous tasks until you know how your body reacts to the drug.
Patients who take medication for blood pressure are known to feel run down or tired in the first few weeks of starting the medication. Ensure that you take the medicine even if you do not feel normal.
You must not take Benicar if you are allergic to any ingredient in it or are pregnant (after the 3rd month).
If you are pregnant or suspect that you are, then stop using Benicar and contact your doctor immediately. Benicar is known to cause severe damage and even death of the fetus. It is unknown whether Benicar is secreted in breast milk. Avoid breast feeding while using the drug.
Benicar should not be used in children as the safety and effectiveness of the drug have not been confirmed yet.
Some of the common side effects of Benicar are abdominal/stomach pain, cough, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, unusual tiredness. Please contact your doctor if the symptoms persist or become bothersome.
Other severe side effects include allergic reactions (rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue), increased heartbeat, lightheadedness and fainting.
You must seek medical attention immediately if any of these side effects occurs.