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What Is The Interaction Of Benicar Medicine Taken With Grapefruit
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
Beside haemorrhoids, i suffer high blood pressure. Can Diovan (valsartan) (or benicar) and daflon (or vericort) be taken together (in term of interaction) ?
Hello, 2 months ago i reduced my Benicar (olmesartan) from 40 mg daily down to 20 mg daily. Is 1/2 of the drug out of my system by now?
Medications: I do not understand the way you are seeing things. The drug is still in your system. There is a therapeutic dose range that it get's to. If this dose is therapeutic then your blood pressure should be normal. On the dose you are currently on that would have occurred within one week of the change. ...Read more
Can Diovan (valsartan) or Benicar be taken while using daflon, vericort (drugs for haemorrhoids) ?
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
Of the hbp medicines diovan, (valsartan) Benicar or avapro, which has the least side effects for anyone who has taken them?
ARBs: All belong to same class of drugs angiotensin receptor blockers. All virtually equivalent and well tolerated. No significant difference in side effect profile. ...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
What is good to take for allergies that don't make me drowsy and don't interfere with my blood pressure and my medicine Benicar (olmesartan) hct 40/25?
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