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Not Usually: While any medication may theoretically create novel side effects in any given individual, Benicar (brand name for olmesartan) is not routinely associated with lung issues and should not exacerbate your COPD. It's cousin medications, ACE inhibitors, can have some lung-related side effects, most commonly cough. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Experiment: Did symptoms start only after starting the Benicar (olmesartan) or did you use to have them before also? If yes then you can hold Benicar (olmesartan) with permission of your pcp. If symptoms disappear for weeks then Benicar (olmesartan) is culprit. If symptoms persist then there is some other cause like migraine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sartans: They belong to the same family and work the same way. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I may have taken double dose of Benicar (olmesartan) hct 40. Are there side effects from taking to much?
Watch BP: It can cause a drop in your blood pressure. You should monitor your blood pressure closely for the next several hours to make sure it doesn't drop too much. Also if you start feeling lightheaded, dizzy or like you maybe feeling faint call your doctor. You should probably have someone with you to help if you have any of the symptoms described so you don't fall and hurt yourself. ...Read more
I have hypertension and am taking benicar (olmesartan). My BP was 140/90 and is now 106 / 70 is that good or too low?
Good healthy values: Highly desirable: sbp <120, dbp <80. Since 2003, 120/80 considered pre-hypertensive based on 2 decades of human trials. Keep in mind each number from just a single heart beat ; different beats. Hg gauge ; your sensation ;/or stethoscope most accurate; digital gauges least accurate (actually just guess; called oscillometric method). For meds, acei have best track record, arbs next best in trials. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers