Benicar controls high blood pressure.
Benicar does not cure high blood pressure it merely keeps it under control.
Benicar relaxes and expands the blood vessels, allowing pressure to drop.
It works by blocking the effect of a hormone called angiotensin II.
Since blood pressure declines gradually, it may be a couple of weeks before you get significant benefits from Benicar, and you must continue taking it even though you feel well.
The drug may be prescribed alone or with other blood pressure medications.
Unopposed, this substance prompts the blood vessels to contract, an action that tends to raise blood pressure.
You must take Benicar regularly for it to be effective.
Benicar side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
The most common side effect is:
Less common side effects may include:
- Upper respiratory tract infection;
- Sore throat;
- Sinus inflammation;
- Runny nose;
- High blood sugar;
- Flu-like symptoms;
- Blood in urine;
- Back pain;
Rare side effects may include:
- Urinary tract infection;
- Swelling of the face or limbs;
- Stomach problems;
- Muscle pain;
- Joint pain or inflammation;
- Fast heartbeat;
- Chest pain;
- Bone pain;
- Abdominal pain;
Benicar is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If you have an allergic reaction to benicar;
- If you have kidney disease or congestive heart failure;
Do not take Benicar with any of the following drugs:
No significant drug interactions have been reported.
If your blood pressure hasn't dropped sufficiently after 2 weeks, the doctor may raise the dose to 40 milligrams once a day.
The usual starting dose is 20 milligrams once daily.
If you are taking a diuretic, your starting dose may be smaller than usual.
Symptoms of Benicar overdose may include:
- Very low blood pressure;
- Fast or slow heartbeat;