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Is Benicar HCT the same as Benicar HCTZ?

Is Benicar HCT the same as Benicar HCTZ?

Yes: Female? Age asks, Is Benicar HCT same as Benicar HCTZ?
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Dr. George Mathew
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Olmesartan (Definition)

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


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Is it safe to use pink Himalayan salt while taking benicar hct?

Is it safe to use pink Himalayan salt while taking benicar hct?

Himalayan salt: Yes but the total amout of salt you eat is what is important. Salt is salt is salt.

I would recommend getting the book below.
DASH Diet for Hypertension ISBN 9780743410076

read it
use it

BP will be lower in 2 weeks if you are salt sensitive. I call it DASH sensitive.

Tell your team.

Get the app myfitnesspal and track your current salt sodium intake should be <1, 500 mg sodium/d read labels ...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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Benicar/hct drug info sheet shows little differences in antihypertensive effect between dosages 40/12.5=16/10 while 20/12.5 =17/8. Would 20/12.5 be ok?

Benicar/hct drug info sheet shows little differences in antihypertensive effect between dosages 40/12.5=16/10 while 20/12.5 =17/8. Would 20/12.5 be ok?

Response: Your BP goal should be <140/90. If you have heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease then it should be <130/80. Please go by response and use the smallest dose required to achieve the goals. Lifestyle modification with achieving ideal body weight, increasing exercise, watching salt intake, dash diet and moderation in alcohol intake will help decrease BP and minimize medication usage. ...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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Been taking benicar hct for years and went to doctor 2 weeks ago & prescribed metoprolol 12.5 mg because bp was elevated, how can I come off this?

Been taking benicar hct for years and went to doctor 2 weeks ago & prescribed metoprolol 12.5 mg because bp was elevated, how can I come off this?

Most hypertensive: Patients require 3 or 4 different medications to obtain sufficient BP control as they get older. If you want to normalize your blood pressure without medications you will need to lose weight (BMI of 20) exercise daily and limit the sodium content of your diet to less than 1.5 grams a day. It takes very hard work but the benefits of being off medications is worth it. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am currently taking benicar-hct 40 12.5. Due to change in insurance I can't afford to fill prescriptions. Can I change to Benicar (olmesartan) w/OTc water pill?

I am currently taking benicar-hct 40 12.5. Due to change in insurance I can't afford to fill prescriptions. Can I change to Benicar (olmesartan) w/OTc water pill?

Follow close w/ doc: This is probably reasonable however I would recommend your be evaluated more frequently with your doctor until you both are sure this change is reasonable, ...Read more

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What is the peak time and half-life of amlodipine, pravachol, (pravastatin) and benicar/hct medicines respectively. Thanks for the help in advance.

What is the peak time and half-life of amlodipine, pravachol, (pravastatin) and benicar/hct medicines respectively. Thanks for the help in advance.

LookOnline & Empower: Search engines, esp google, can rapidly find these answers for you (& me), e.g. Search "amlodipine t½" & go to nih, fda or edu websites. Keep in mind that chemical t½ life & physiologic t½ life may be very different, data is only a small group average & there are many variables. Also keep in mind that your primary medical decision maker (primary physician, if you will) is always you, no one else. ...Read more

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Can coenzyme q10 reduce blood pressure, could it be use in pm along with benicar/hct am to replace CCB such as amlodipine.?

Can coenzyme q10 reduce blood pressure, could it be use in pm along with benicar/hct am to replace CCB such as amlodipine.?

Coenzyme Q1: Coenzyme q10 has very weak blood pressure lowering effects if any. It most likely will not be able to replace the benefits of amlodipine. ...Read more

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My morning blood pressure is highets. T averages 135/80. I take benicar/hct at 7 am. When should I take my 5 mg amlodipine if I wanted 24 BP control?

At night: Blood pressure is usually the highest in the morning, I suggest to continue to take Benicar (olmesartan) at 7 am and take amlodopine at night or 7 pm for better 24h coverage. ...Read more

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Medlineplus site has warning: spironolactone has caused tumors in laboratory animals. How safe is it. Also can you use with bb bystolic (nebivolol) &benicar/hct?

Medlineplus site has warning: spironolactone has caused tumors in laboratory animals. How safe is it. Also can you use with bb bystolic (nebivolol) &benicar/hct?

Very safe: Spironolactone has been in use for decades, so I would not worry about the animal data. The drug is safe in people and that is all that matters. You can use it in any fashion as per your doctor recommendations. ...Read more

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Can using 0.3ml lidocaine with 1:100, 000 epinephrine during dental work interacts with bystolic, (nebivolol) benicar/hct or isosorbide mononitrate medicine.?

Probably not: Although Lidocaine is a vasodilator, there is no clinical evidence of any drug interactions or special precautions needed. However, if during the injection, some of the anesthetic were to be introduced directly into a blood vessel, the Epinephrine could cause a minor and short acting increase in heart rate. ...Read more

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I am taking Benicar (olmesartan) 40mg/HCT 25mg daily for HTN, can I substitute a generic or similar med for Benicar (olmesartan)?

I am taking Benicar (olmesartan) 40mg/HCT 25mg daily for HTN, can I substitute a generic or similar med for Benicar (olmesartan)?

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. ...Read more

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Took Ben40/HCT12.5 for 4 years. Started taking Benicar (olmesartan) 40 alone, I got SOB sensation all day &at night gets better. Is there HCT withdrawal symptoms.?

Took Ben40/HCT12.5 for 4 years. Started taking Benicar (olmesartan) 40 alone, I got SOB sensation all day &at night gets better. Is there HCT withdrawal symptoms.?

Absolutely not: There's no withdrawal from HCT and your symptoms are most unusual. It sounds like exertion may be related to your SOB since it only occurs by day - depending on what your catheterization showed and how long ago it was done, a treadmill stress test might be indicated. ...Read more

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Is benicar (olmesartan) hct stronger then regular benicar (olmesartan)? My doc switch me from regular benicar (olmesartan) 20 to 4mg still high. I plan to go see him next week like he said

Is benicar (olmesartan) hct stronger then regular benicar (olmesartan)? My doc switch me from regular benicar (olmesartan) 20 to 4mg still high. I plan to go see him next week like he said

Second ingredient.: Benicar (olmesartan)-HCT has a second ingredient, Hydrochlorothiazide, added to the Benicar (olmesartan). Combination BP medications like this are generally more potent than single agents. The HCT part is a mild diuretic, too, so electrolytes need to be monitored. ...Read more

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I may have taken double dose of Benicar (olmesartan) hct 40. Are there side effects from taking to much?

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

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The Benicar (olmesartan) hct I took this morning does affect my blood pressure today or how many day form now?

The Benicar (olmesartan) hct I took this morning does affect my blood pressure today or how many day form now?

Benicar (olmesartan) and BP: Benicar (olmesartan) is a drug of the angiotensin receptor blocker class combined with a diuretic. The BP lowering effect of Benicar (olmesartan) can take up to two weeks to be seen. That is because it remodels the endothelium (e) of arteries as is shown in the image. This remodeling takes two weeks and the BP is lowered by making the e more compliant, thereby lowering bp. Check back with your doctor in two weeks to see. ...Read more

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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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Ben VS Ben/HCT. Benicar (olmesartan) drug sheet says Ben 40 mg has BP reductions about 13/7 while adding 12.5 mg HCT (Ben/HCT 40/12.5) reduction is 16/10 only.?

Ben VS Ben/HCT. Benicar (olmesartan) drug sheet says Ben 40 mg has BP reductions about 13/7 while adding 12.5 mg HCT (Ben/HCT 40/12.5) reduction is 16/10 only.?

BP reduction: Benicar (olmesartan) (B) is an effective BP lowering drug. Adding another BP lowering drug, HCT (H), gives an additive effect in lowering BP. That is why the combination of B and H lowers BP greater than B acting on its own. You can also ask your physician (P) your question for a more meaningful answer, as your P knows you best of all. ...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

Dr. George Mathew
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Benicar (Definition)

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