Benicar (generic name: olmesartan, brand names include: Olmetec / Olmezest / Olmecip) is a type of high blood pressure medicine called an angiotensin receptor blocker or ARB. It blocks the action of a substance in the body called angiotensin II that increases blood pressure.
Benicar is indicated for the treatment of hypertension. It can be used alone or with other drugs that treat high blood pressure.
Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Benicar exactly as directed.
Take Benicar by mouth with or without food.
It may take up to 2 weeks before you feel the full benefit of Benicar. Continue to take Benicar even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Benicar without talking to your doctor.
If you miss a dose of Benicar, take it as soon as possible. If you are only taking one dose a day and do not remember your missed dose until the next day, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Store this medicine at room temperature, away from heat, light and moisture.
Before taking Benicar, tell your doctor if:
you are allergic to any medicines;
you are currently taking diuretics (water pills);
you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Active ingredient: olmesartan medoxomil.