Benicar

Benicar is a common medication used to treat high blood pressure. Manufactured by Daiichi Sankyo, it is a combination of olmesartan, an angiotensin II receptor antagonist, and hydrochlorothiazide, a thiazide diuretic. Unfortunately, Benicar has been linked to severe side-effects such as vision problems, fever, dizziness, and headaches.

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Benicar

What is Benicar?

Benicar is a prescription medication used to control high blood pressure, a very serious condition affecting one in three adults in the United States. High blood pressure (hypertension) can potentially damage your body for years as your blood pushes against the walls of your arteries and blood vessels, a pressure that can become dangerous.

Other Uses

Benicar is used primarily too control high blood pressure which reduces the risk of heart attacks, kidney problems and strokes.

Benicar Usage and Statistics

Benicar is the top-selling hypertensive medication currently on the market. It is manufactured by Daiichi Sankyo, which was established in 2005 and currently has revenues exceeding 9 billion dollars. Despite a warning by the FDA in 2013 that Benicar can lead to severe weight loss and chronic diarrhea, Benicar continues to generate more than 3 billion in sales each year for Daiichi Sankyo. The patent is set to expire in 2016.

How Benicar Works

Benicar is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It is commonly used alone, but it can also be used in conjunction with other medications to effectively treat high blood pressure. Benicar works by controlling chemicals in the body which cause the narrowing of a patient’s blood vessels. With this control, Benicar effectively widens the blood vessels allowing for the effective flow of blood.

Benicar users who are able to safely lower their blood pressure may reduce their risk of a heart attack or stroke. Patients generally start by taking approximately 20 milligrams of Benicar one time per day. Benicar should not be taken if you are pregnant and can only be taken with certain other medications. For example, combining Benicar with other medications such as aliskiren, other blood pressure/heart medications, colesevelam, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be very dangerous.

Do you have any signs or symptoms after taking Benicar?

  • Fainting
  • Urinating too much
  • Urinating too little
  • Chest pain
  • Fast heart rate
  • Swelling in hands or feet
  • Difficulty with breathing or swallowing
  • Cough/Vertigo
  • Abdominal pain
  • Hyperkalemia,
  • Renal failure
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Severe weight loss
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Weakness
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Vision issues
  • Upper respiratory tract infections
  • Uric acid in the blood, and nausea.
  • Dizziness
  • Bronchitis/Back pain
  • Headache/Flu-like symptoms
  • Hematuria
  • Sinusitis
  • Stomach pain
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea
  • Joint pain
  • Dry cough

On July 3, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning for the blood pressure drug olmesartan medoxomil, which is currently marketed under the brand names Benicar, Benicar HCT, Azor, Tribenzor. According to the report issued by the FDA, labels for these medications should be updated to include additional warnings about the side-effects of these products. Specifically, the FDA stated that these medications increased the risk of severe, chronic diarrhea with substantial weight loss. Furthermore, some of the side-effects may not be evident until years or months after the medication was used. Patients who developed these symptoms should discontinue use of the product and start taking therapy medications.





Benicar Black Box Warnings

  • Other serious side-effects which are listed on the product packaging include low blood pressure if combined with alcohol; potential death or injury to an unborn baby; dizziness; kidney problems; swelling in the feet, ankles, or hands; or have unexplained weight loss. Benicar can cause a variety of severe side-effects. Allergic reactions can also occur. If you experience any signs and symptoms which are unusual, including dry mouth, thirst, weakness, sleepiness, restlessness, confusion, seizures, muscle pains or cramps, muscle tiredness, dizziness or fainting it is time to talk to your doctor.

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