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Is Benicar Hct A Beta Blocker
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
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
Any risk or contradictions form taking 500 mg ranexa (ranolazine) twice a day with benicar/hct in the morning and 5 mg bystolic in evening?
Ranexa (ranolazine): Ok to take that combination of agents. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
Can coenzyme q10 reduce blood pressure, could it be use in pm along with benicar/hct am to replace CCB such as amlodipine.?
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?
I'm currently taking bystolic (nebivolol) 5mg and lisinopril/hctz 20/25, lnp wants to switch me to Benicar hct 40/25. Do I need to wean off bystolic (nebivolol)?
Call your LNP: Call your lnp and ask, that is a very valid question. Please call her today before stopping or changing the medications. Good luck. ...Read more
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
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
My BP has gone from 125/80 to 150/90 since my doc put me on me regular Benicar (olmesartan) vs. Benicar (olmesartan) hct, which I was on prior. I have concerns...
You're right!: Benicar (olmesartan) alone is less potent than Benicar (olmesartan) HCT - why did he/she switch you? There may have been an important reason! ...Read more
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.?
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
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
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
The Benicar (olmesartan) hct pill that I took this morning does it affect my blood pressure today or how many days from now?
Today: The blood-pressure lowering effect will last for about 24 hours. ...Read more
They switched me to benicar (olmesartan) hct 20/12.5 for my bp been drinking it two days and tonight I had a strong anxiety attack is that normal??
Anxiety: This is not a common side effect of that medication. Have you had them before? Did changing the medication make you worried in any way? ...Read more
Mom takes Benicar (olmesartan) hct for BP but was told to go off it (lost weight, BP normalizing). How long does Benicar (olmesartan) hct stay in your system after stopping?
About 3-4: Days before completely eliminated from system.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
Drugs: They are the same family of drugs similar effects, different specific arbs. ...Read more
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
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
I take Benicar (olmesartan) hct 40/25mg for my pressure. There is a warning about sun exposure. I go to the tanning salon 3 times a week is this okay?
Tanning is: A bad idea in the first place, and photo sensitizing meds adds to the concern. ...Read more