What is this medication?
Olmesartan, Olmetec (CDN)/Benicar (US)
Antihypertensive Agent, Angiotensin II Receptor Blocker
Brand Name US: Benicar
Canadian Equivalent: Olmetec
Olmesartan, Olmetec/Benicar officially indicated for hypertension, but is also prescribed off-label for Non-ST-Elevation acute coronary syndrome, ST-elevation myocardial infarction, and proteinuric chronic kidney disease. (may also be used for conditions not listed)
“ALERT: US Boxed Warning
When pregnancy is detected, discontinue olmesartan as soon as possible. Drugs that act directly on the renin-angiotensin system can cause injury and even death to the developing fetus.”
How does this medication work?
Angiotensin II constricts blood vessels and stimulates the release of aldosterone. Aldosterone increases sodium and water reabsorption which increases blood volume thereby elevating blood pressure. Olmesartan, Olmetec/Benicar inhibits angiotensin II resulting in the opposite effect.
How should I take this medication?
Oral: 20-40mg once daily
How to Take: Follow instructions provided by physician/pharmacy label, take consistently at same times each day unless otherwise directed.
You Need to Avoid: Careful standing up too quickly as you may get dizzy, and do not supplement with potassium unless instructed by physician
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Before starting Olmesartan, Olmetec/Benicar make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take, if you have kidney disease, an electrolyte imbalance, liver disease, are pregnant or breastfeeding
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
How should I store this medication?
Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.
What are the possible side effects of using this medication?
Hypotension, renal function abnormality, dizziness, hyperkalemia
Note this is not a complete list of side effects, only relatively common ones.
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