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How long does it take for Benicar (olmesartan) hct to work?

A few hours: Benicar (olmesartan) hct should work within a couple of hours of the first dose. The peak effect (steady state) should occur in about 3 days. ...Read more

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

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

Benicar (olmesartan) onset: Benicar (olmesartan) (B) is a member of the angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) class of drugs. It works by remodeling the endothelium (E) of blood vessels, which makes them less stiff and it lowers BP that way. It takes about 2 weeks for B to remodel the E. Once B is stopped, the E begins to change to become stiffer, or less compliant and the BP rises. So, the answer to your question is about 2 weeks. ...Read more

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How long before Benicar (olmesartan) take effect?

Within a day: Benicar or olmesartan should be largely absorbed and taking effect within the first day. Most people will see an effect much sooner than this. ...Read more

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How long for Benicar (olmesartan) to work? An hour?

How long for Benicar (olmesartan) to work? An hour?

Somewhat: You will see some blood pressure lowering in an hour, most of the effect after 2-3 days, and full effect after about 2 weeks of treatment. ...Read more

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How long does Benicar (olmesartan) 20 milgram takes to lower blood pressure when u take it the first day..

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How long does Benicar (olmesartan) 20 milgram takes to lower blood pressure when u take it the first day..

About an hour: It takes time for the medicine to be absorbed from the GI tract. Generally, you can expect to start seeing the effect after an hour. However, you will need to take the medicine daily for the medicine to reach its maximum effect after about 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Dear MD, Pharma: How long it takes for Benicar/HCT to be completely out of your system. How long it continue to control BP after you stop it.?

Dear MD, Pharma: How long it takes for Benicar/HCT to be completely out of your system. How long it continue to control BP after you stop it.?

Variable: This a two drug combination the half live for Benicar (olmesartan) is 13 hr & hctz half live is variable 5.6-14.7 hr. That means that have the dose is metabolized on that time. Several days until it is completely eliminated ...Read more

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How long does Benicar (olmesartan) stay in your body?

How long does Benicar (olmesartan) stay in your body?

Half life: The half life is 13 hours - it will effectively be out of you in 65 hours. ...Read more

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I take Benicar (olmesartan) 40/25. Is there something as good? I don't have health insurance and Benicar (olmesartan) is expensive!

I take Benicar (olmesartan) 40/25. Is there something as good? I don't have health insurance and Benicar (olmesartan) is expensive!

See below: U may take losartan 100-12.5 in place of benecar 40-25 (i don't recommend 25 mg of hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) to prevent electrolyte imbalance)
check BP periodically. ...Read more

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Can you take Benicar (olmesartan) and adivan together?

Yes: There are no significant interactions of these drugs, please contact your prescriber to be sure. ...Read more

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Blood pressure 106/62. Is that good I take Benicar (olmesartan) 20 mg?

Reduce dose: You are 36 & try to take 10 mg & monitor BP daily for
10 days.
Add natural BP lowering foods like watermelon, fresh beet root juice & aged garlic @ many others-Google
& check. Life style modification measures etc. ...Read more

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I was told grapefruit isn't good for you if you take blood pressure pills. Is that true? I take Benicar (olmesartan) 20mg.

I was told grapefruit isn't good for you if you take blood pressure pills. Is that true? I take Benicar (olmesartan) 20mg.

Yes and no: That depends on the how the medication is metabolized. Grapefruit can inhibit certain enzymes in the liver that metabolize many medications. If these enzymes are inhibited then the liver can't eliminate the drug properly and the levels of the drug increase in your body. Benicar (olmesartan) is not metabolized this way and you should be okay to eat grapefruit. ...Read more

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In order to avoid being "addicted" to one medication, can I take Diovan (valsartan) this month then Benicar next month, and so on? Thank you.

In order to avoid being "addicted" to one medication, can I take Diovan (valsartan) this month then Benicar next month, and so on? Thank you.

Benicar & Diovan (valsartan) are: Both blood pressure medicines (in the arb family) & have absoutely no addictive potential. Take them as directed by your doc. I doubt that you should be taking both at the same time; so check with doc as to which one u should be taking. If your BP needs to be lowered further, let doc make the choice of medication (s). ...Read more

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Tried Losartan 100mg as an alternative to Benicar 40mg due to $. Benicar works great, Losartan does not. Is cozaar the the weakest among ARB medications?

Tried Losartan 100mg as an alternative to Benicar 40mg due to $. Benicar works great, Losartan does not. Is cozaar the the weakest among ARB medications?

Unlikely.: Their effectiveness is essentially all the same. It might be that the generic medicine is not as effective though the FDA assures us they are very strict with quality control. ...Read more

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I take 50mg metoprolol 2x daily and 1/2 tablet Benicar (olmesartan) 40/25 1x daily. My current BP reading is 142/84 pulse 84, 1hr aft taking pm med. Is this ok?

I take 50mg metoprolol 2x daily and 1/2 tablet Benicar (olmesartan) 40/25 1x daily. My current BP reading is 142/84 pulse 84, 1hr aft taking pm med. Is this ok?

BP and medications: If your systolic BP reading, the top number, is consistently > 140 mm of hg your BP is not well controlled. You should speak to your physician and see if increasing the benciar to 40/25mg/ day would be enough to bring your systolic to. ...Read more

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When is the best moment to take Benicar or Diovan (valsartan) : morning (right after waking up), or after lunch, or night (right before going to bed)? Thank you.

When is the best moment to take Benicar or Diovan (valsartan) : morning (right after waking up), or after lunch, or night (right before going to bed)? Thank you.

Ask doctor: Diovan (valsartan) and Benicar are typically prescribed as once a day drugs forhigh blood pressure. It doesn't matter if you take it at night or in the morning by itself. Your doctor may want it at a specific time because of other medications or some other reason. Also they come in hct form which include a diuretic. I recommend that not be taken at night unless you like going to bathroom. Food doesn't matter. ...Read more

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Metoprolol 50mg 2x daily and Benicar (olmesartan) hct 40/25 1x daily. Is it best to take before or after meals?

Metoprolol 50mg 2x daily and Benicar (olmesartan) hct 40/25 1x daily. Is it best to take before or after meals?

Does not matter much: Benicar (olmesartan) HCT can be taken with or without meals - doesn't have an impact. It is suggested that metoprolol be taken with or just after meals, but I have not found and have not been aware of a significant effect by food. In summary, it does not matter much when they're taken in relation to meals. Most important is to take them as directed, aiming for roughly the same times of the day each day. ...Read more

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I will be attending a wedding soon. Drinks will be served. Will it be safe for me to have 1 if I take metoprolol and Benicar (olmesartan) hct?

One - yes: Having one drink should not change your well-being. If you have several though you might find your heart racing, among other unpleasant and potentially harmful things. ...Read more

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Can I take Hydralazine 10mg PRN for high blood pressure if it spikes over 150/90 as a PRN medication? I currently take 5mg of Benicar (olmesartan) 2x daily.

Can I take Hydralazine 10mg PRN for high blood pressure if it spikes over 150/90 as a PRN medication? I currently take 5mg of Benicar (olmesartan) 2x daily.

See below: You should consult your doctor regarding your medications. Unsure what time of the day your BP is running high. There's no harm taking it as needed but you should definitely get an evaluation before making any changes to your medical regimen. ...Read more

Dr. George Mathew
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Benicar (Definition)

Benicar is an angiotensin II blocker which is a kind of blood ...Read more