Benicar (Olmesartan Medoxomil) Customer Reviews


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Olmesartan is indicated for the treatment of hypertension either as monotherapy or in combination with other antihypertensive agents. Hypertension imposes an increased workload on the heart and blood vessels, which can result in compromised functionality over time. Prolonged exposure to hypertension may lead to vascular damage in critical organs such as the brain, heart, and kidneys, resulting in severe medical conditions like stroke, heart failure, or kidney failure. Lowering blood pressure can effectively mitigate the risk of these life-threatening events.

Olmesartan is classified as an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) and functions by inhibiting the action of vasoconstrictive substances in the body. The blockage of this physiological pathway leads to vasodilation, or relaxation of the blood vessels, thus reducing blood pressure.

Uses and Dosage

Olmesartan is administered orally in tablet form and is typically taken once daily with or without food.

Take olmesartan at approximately the same time every day to establish a consistent routine. Carefully adhere to the instructions provided on your prescription label, and if you have any questions, consult with your doctor or pharmacist. Take olmesartan precisely as directed and to refrain from taking more or less of it, or taking it more frequently than prescribed.

If your child is unable to swallow tablets, discuss this with your healthcare provider or pharmacist, who can prepare a liquid form of the medication.

To begin, your doctor may prescribe a low dose of olmesartan and may increase your dose after two weeks.

While olmesartan can control high blood pressure, it does not cure it. You may experience a decrease in blood pressure during the first week of treatment, but it may take up to two weeks to observe the full therapeutic benefits of olmesartan. Continue taking olmesartan even if you feel well, and do not discontinue use without consulting your doctor.

Side Effects

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:

  • back pain
  • diarrhea
  • dry mouth
  • flushed, dry skin
  • fruit-like breath odor
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • increased hunger
  • increased thirst
  • increased urination
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle aches
  • pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
  • shivering
  • tender, swollen glands in the neck
  • trouble sleeping
  • trouble swallowing
  • unexplained weight loss

Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:

  • blood in the urine
  • body aches or pain
  • chills
  • cough or cough producing mucus
  • difficulty with breathing
  • ear congestion
  • fever
  • headache
  • loss of voice
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • tightness in the chest
  • unusual tiredness or weakness


Prior to initiating olmesartan therapy, inform your healthcare provider or pharmacist of any allergies you may have, including allergies to olmesartan or other substances. This product may contain inactive ingredients that can trigger allergic reactions or other complications.

Prior to using this medication, discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider or pharmacist, particularly if you have a history of kidney disease, liver disease, dehydration, or high levels of potassium in your blood.

This medication may cause dizziness. Alcohol or marijuana can exacerbate this effect. Until you are confident in your ability to perform activities safely, avoid operating machinery, driving, or engaging in activities that require alertness.

This medication may increase your potassium levels. Before using potassium supplements or salt substitutes that contain potassium, consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Notify your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not advisable to become pregnant while using olmesartan, as it may cause harm to the unborn fetus. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, promptly notify your healthcare provider to discuss the potential risks and benefits of continuing treatment.

It is unclear whether this medication passes into breast milk. Consult with your healthcare provider prior to breastfeeding while taking this medication.

Form and Strength

Benicar is available in the following forms and strengths:

  • Benicar film-coated tablet:

    • 10mg
    • 20mg
    • 40mg
  • olmesartan tablet:

    • 20mg
    • 40mg


How quickly does Benicar lower blood pressure?

It usually takes about a week for Benicar to start reducing high blood pressure. It may take 2 to 8 weeks to take effect fully.

How does Benicar make you feel?

Benicar lowers your blood pressure and can make you feel lightheaded or dizzy.



Additional information

Generic name:

Olmesartan Medoxomil


Film Coated Tablet, Tablet


10mg, 20mg, 40mg

Quantities Available:

28, 84, 100

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