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A 60-year-old female asked:

I am taking benicar (olmesartan) 40mg/hct 25mg daily for htn, can i substitute a generic or similar med for benicar (olmesartan)?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rishi Vohora
Cardiology 19 years experience
In general: generics work wonderfully. And save you money.
Dr. David Weissman
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Maybe: Benicar (olmesartan) is very expensive, so a lot of people look for substitutes which are similar but less expensive. You should talk to your doctor about generics like losartan/HCTZ 100/25 mg. This is very similar, same category, but much less expensive. However, it does not work quite as well either. Usually, we do trial and error until we hit the right balance of efficacy, side effects and cost.
Dr. Harinder Gill
Cardiology 39 years experience
Or irbesartan-a truly once daily drug
Apr 13, 2015
Dr. David Weissman
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Provided original answer
Yes, irbesartan became generic more recently, but that will probably be more effective than the losartan. Dr. Gill is absolutely correct.
Apr 13, 2015

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