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Dr. George Mathew
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Benicar (Overview)

Benicar is an angiotensin II blocker which is a kind of blood pressure drug (cardiovascular drug).


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I'm on Benicar (olmesartan) 20 mg for hbp. My last blood test for potassium. It was 4.6. What are the chances the Benicar (olmesartan) increases it to dangerous levels?

I'm on Benicar (olmesartan) 20 mg for hbp. My last blood test for potassium. It was 4.6. What are the chances the Benicar (olmesartan) increases it to dangerous levels?

Benicar (olmesartan) and K: First of all, if you are 18 years old on BP medication, there may be else going on. You are too young for essential hypertension and need to be referred to a nephrologist to see if you have secondary hypertension. You need to be evaluated for a coarctation of the aorta, conn's syndrome, renal artery stenosis and a pheochromocytoma. You potassium of 4.6 is not a problem, your hypertension at 18 is. ...Read more

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Dr. George Mathew
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Benicar (Overview)

Benicar is an angiotensin II blocker which is a kind of blood pressure drug (cardiovascular drug).


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

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

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. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: benicar (olmesartan)?

Please describe the medication: benicar (olmesartan)?

Side effect: A recent study found sprue-like enteropathy is patients taking benicar (olmesartan). The label has been changed to reflect this recent information. The condition mimics gluten intolerance and results and produces abdominal cramping and loose stool. ...Read more

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Doctor wanted to use 25mg spironolactone to counter effect potassium lose by hct in ben/hct.I wonder why not use Benicar (olmesartan) without hctz. How effective. ?

Doctor wanted to use 25mg spironolactone to counter effect potassium lose by hct in ben/hct.I wonder why not use Benicar (olmesartan) without hctz. How effective. ?

A good option: Benicar (olmesartan) ; hctz work so well together that the combination tablet was formulated. Potassium levels are often sustained with this combination but some folks lose too much potassium even with this low dose of hctz. An alternative to spironolactone is potassium but it can irritate the stomach. Also spironolactone itself can help lower blood pressure. ...Read more

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Taking Benicar/HCT , and concern about FDA ROADMAP trial study that it increased risk of cardiovascular death. How safe is it and how widely used?

Taking Benicar/HCT , and concern about FDA ROADMAP trial study that  it  increased risk of cardiovascular death. How safe is it and how widely used?

Still safe and used: Benicar (olmesartan) w/ and w/out HCT sells at 8.3 million Rxs/year, and it's in the Top 40 most prescribed. (See Medscape art. #829246.) The most recent info from the FDA was in June 2014; it reported it "found no clear evidence of increased cardiovascular risks." The increased deaths in ROADMAP came mostly in those with the lowest BP. It may be too aggressive BP control rather than the drug is the danger. ...Read more

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Any hypertensive meds that don't cause hair loss? Vasotec, lebatalol, diovan, bystolic (nebivolol) work but cause hair loss. Benicar doesn't reduce dystolic #.

Any hypertensive meds that don't cause hair loss? Vasotec, lebatalol, diovan, bystolic (nebivolol) work but cause hair loss. Benicar doesn't reduce dystolic #.

Unusual side effect: I have treated pts for forty years, and i can't remember that complained of hair loss after starting any of these agents. That does not mean it never happens (one lesson i've learned in medicine is never say never). Every drug has a huge list of adverse effects because each one a pt complains of in a study gets listed. Vasotec is an ace, Diovan (valsartan) & Benicar r arb's, same effects. Hair loss unlikely. ...Read more

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Is Benicar (olmesartan) safe for teens? What are possible side effects?

Is Benicar (olmesartan) safe for teens? What are possible side effects?

Recent caution: A recent study found sprue-like enteropathy is patients taking benicar (olmesartan). The label has been changed to reflect this recent information. The condition mimics gluten intolerance and results and produces abdominal cramping and loose stool. ...Read more

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Olmesartan (Definition)

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