Drug Information: Indications, Side Effects, Warnings
Category: Â Hypertension
Benicar HCT (Olmesartan/Hydrochlorothiazide) is used for treating hypertension or high blood pressure. This drug is both a diuretic and angiotensin II receptor blocker where Olmesartan relaxes the blood vessels and diuretic helps the kidney in flushing out excess water and sodium from the body.
How to take the medicine?
You need to take Benicar HCT (Olmesartan/Hydrochlorothiazide) as prescribed by your healthcare provider. However, read the label carefully for more instructions ion using the medicine. The pill has to be taken orally after meal with a glass of water. You should get your blood pressure checked from time to time in order to see the effect of this medicine. Your doctor will go through these reports to understand how your body is responding to the treatment. You might have to urinate frequently so it is better not to take the medicine after 6 pm.
Your doctor prescribes the dose of Benicar HCT (Olmesartan/Hydrochlorothiazide) based on severity of your medical condition. Do not increase or decrease the doses without prior permission from your doctor or pharmacist. You must check the stocks of this drug from time to time and can place an early online order with our online store before it finishes.
What if I miss a dose?
In case you miss your regular dose of Benicar HCT (Olmesartan/Hydrochlorothiazide), you should take it immediately. Do not take your missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose.
What If I overdose?
An overdose of Benicar HCT (Olmesartan/Hydrochlorothiazide) can lead to several medical complications; hence, you need to call your doctor immediately and seek medical help.
Benicar HCT (Olmesartan/Hydrochlorothiazide) also has a few side effects and if these persist, you will need to seek immediate medical attention. You will have to get immediate medical help in case you suffer from allergic reactions like hives, breathing problem; inflammation of face, tongue, lips or throat.
Some common side effects of Benicar (Olmesartan) include:
- Irregular urination
- Feeling of light headedness
- Chest pain
- Abnormal heart rate
- Inflammation in the feet or hands
- Weight loss
Drug interactions of Benicar HCT (Olmesartan/Hydrochlorothiazide) include colesevelam, lithium and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID).
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