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A 39-year-old member asked:

Does benicar (olmesartan) have fewer side effects than lisinopril?

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Dr. Steven Ajluni
Cardiology 36 years experience
ARB's vs ACEI: Benicar (olmesartan) an arb works similarly in many ways to lisiniopril (acei). They both block at different points in the renin-angiotensin system. A by-product of the acei however is a buildup in a chemical called bradykinin, which can produce throt irritation and a dry cough in 5-10% patients. A cough like this is much less likely with an arb agent like benicar (olmesartan).
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Side effect: A recent study found sprue-like enteropathy in patients taking benicar. The label has been changed to reflect this recent information. The condition mimics gluten intolerance and results and produces abdominal cramping and loose stool. This condition goes away when patients cease taking olmesartan, but can result in misdiagnosis of celiac or other GI conditions.

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Has anyone suffered sexual side effects from lisinopril or benicar (olmesartan)?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Few.: Ace inhibitors and arbs are sexually safe for the vast majority of users. The antihypertensives with the greatest sexual side effects are thiazide diuretics and beta blockers. Clonidine (catapres) rates high as well. The drugs from the calcium blocker family are also generally sex side-effects free.
Last updated Oct 3, 2020

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