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Losartan Vs Olmesartan
Sartans: They belong to the same family and work the same way. ...Read more
Drugs: They are the same family of drugs similar effects, different specific arbs. ...Read more
Taken off lisinopril, tried Benicar (olmesartan) samples. Effective but pricey. Why is Losartan less effective?
Why bother with ARBs: They're both expensive. Can you not take an ace-inhibitor? They're better proven in evidence based studies, and Lisinopril is $4/month at walmart and a bunch of other places. That said, they're pretty comparable as BP meds. ...Read more
Is Benicar a more potent ARB than generic Cozaar? Losartan 100 seems much weaker than 40mg of Benicar, There is obviously a large cost difference.
ARB vs ARB for BP: Is Benicar a more potent ARB than generic Cozaar? Losartan 100 seems much weaker than 40mg of Benicar, There is obviously a large cost difference. ANS: no head to head comparisons 2 judge so in absence of data I recommend the cheapest one 1st. If it gets BP to goal stay with it. If max does does not work then not likely another ARB will work well. But always worth a try if other agents don't work ...Read more
Is benicar and generic benicar same ingredients? Benicar only one no dry mouth and olmesartan affordable. Lorsartan giving me bad dry mouth
See below: Benicar is the brand name and olmesartan is the generic name or version of Benicar. In general generic versions contain the same ingredients, are equally effective, and have the same potential side effects as the Brand names but generics are noticeably less costly in most instances. ...Read more
Blood Pressure Med: A blood pressure reducing medicine from the class of drugs called arbs. Acts on an enzyme in the kidney and lung to reduce the blood pressure. Can have some protective effects on the kidneys in high blood pressure and diabetes. Not recommended for patients with significant kidney disease. ...Read more
Yes!: Although most salt substitutes consist of a potassium salt, and although Losartan is considered a potassium sparing agent, many patients can nonetheless use both without developing dangerously high serum potassium levels. It would be wise of doing so to notify your PCP and check a serum potassium level both before and then once after initiating this substitute therapy. ...Read more
Not much: They are manufactured by different companies. However, they both are the same in terms of mechanism of action. They are both angiotensin receptor blocker, and are effective for blood pressure treatment. You may have to check which medicine is covered under your insurance formulary. ...Read more
Similar not same: Both drugs are arbs (angiotensin receptor blockers). They are both effective in treatment of high blood pressure and have benefit in patients with abnormal pumping of the heart. However they are different compounds- olmesartan (brand benicar) and valsartan (brand diovan). ...Read more
Night time: There's no mandatory time but many people find that taking meds at bedtime works because they remember to take them as part of their bedtime routine and side effects are minimized because the peak blood levels occur during sleep. Alternatively, some people like to split them up: one in the am, one in the pm. ...Read more