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A 37-year-old male asked:

google said patent will expire on benicar (olmesartan) april 26 this year is that true? when it generic will it be lot cheaper instead of 280 dollars a month?

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Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics 30 years experience
Hopefully: Generic drugs tend to be less expensive than their patented precursors. The cost of generics has been trending upwards in the United States making them less affordable than in the past. Call your Congressmen and Senators. Medication in general should not be a luxury product, whether brand or generic.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for Benicar (olmesartan) 20mg to start working?

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Dr. Daniel Chappell
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Benicar (olmesartan): Benicar (olmesartan) is an angiotensin receptor binder or arb anti-hypertensive. It is absorbed and quickly metabolised in the gut. On average the drug should begin working within 20-40 minutes of ingestion. It works on a complex feedback system and can take up to two weeks before seeing any effects on your blood pressure. After two weeks your doctor may decide to adjust the dose if no benefits are seen.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What is the effect of olmesartan on the pulse?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Minimal.: Doesn't affect pulse directly. Lowers bp.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Does anyone know how to taper off benicar (olmesartan)?

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Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Fix your hypertensio: First you fix your hyptertension with diet, weight loss and exercise. Then you taper off the Benicar (olmesartan) with a doctors help as your blood pressure improves.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

Please describe the medication: benicar (olmesartan)?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Dansie
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Blood pressure med: Treats high blood pressure. A lower blood pressure will reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack. This medicine is an angiotensin receptor blocker (arb).
A 47-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for med Benicar (olmesartan) to start working and to get out of your system?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Pharmacodynamics: The half life of Benicar (olmesartan) is 13 hours. That means it will reach steady state in about 65 hours and will take about the same amount time to wear off. That said, the usual practice is to give a new anti-hypertensive drug several weeks to have a full physiological effect.

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