Chemical Name: OLMESARTAN (ole-me-SAR-tan) and HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE (hye-droe-klor-oh-THYE-a-zide)
Benicar HCT is an angiotensin II receptor blocker and thiazide diuretic combination used to treat high blood pressure. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
WARNING: Benicar HCT can cause serious fetal harm if used during the last six months of pregnancy. If pregnancy occurs, stop using Benicar HCT and immediately contact your physician. Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with Benicar HCT.
INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking.
DO NOT TAKE Benicar HCT if you are also taking dofetilide. Additional monitoring of your dose or condition may be needed if you are taking lithium, potassium supplements, other blood pressure medicines, barbiturates such as phenobarbital, medicine for diabetes, colestipol, cholestyramine, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines including ibuprofen or naproxen, corticosteroids, medicines that can cause kidney problems such as gentamicin or amphotericin, or allergy or cough-and-cold medicines.
DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions including kidney or liver problems, heart disease, diabetes, gout, high cholesterol or triglycerides, lupus, abnormal levels of potassium or sodium in your blood, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking Benicar HCT.
Follow the directions for using Benicar HCT provided by your doctor. Benicar HCT may be taken on an empty stomach or with food. Benicar may cause an increase in urine or in frequency of urination. To prevent benicar hct from affecting your sleep take your dose in the morning. If you are taking more than 1 dose daily, take the last dose no later than 6 pm.
STORE Benicar HCT at room temperature below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) in a tightly-closed container, away from heat, moisture, and light. It is important to continue taking Benicar HCT even if you do not feel sick. Many people with high blood pressure do not feel sick. Try not to miss any doses.
IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF Benicar HCT, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
IF YOU HAVE HAD A SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTION to Benicar HCT or any other sulfonamide medicine (such as Septra DS, Bactrim DS, Gantrisin, glyburide, or probenecid), contact your doctor or pharmacist before taking Benicar HCT. A severe reaction includes a severe rash, hives, breathing difficulties, or dizziness. If you have a question about whether you are allergic to this medicine or if a certain medicine is a sulfonamide, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
IT MAY TAKE SEVERAL WEEKS for Benicar HCT to work.
DO NOT STOP USING Benicar HCT without first checking with your doctor.
KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while taking Benicar HCT. Laboratory and/or medical tests may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Benicar HCT may cause dizziness. Using Benicar HCT alone, with other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines cause dizziness. Benicar HCT may cause increased sensitivity to the sun. Avoid exposure to the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Benicar HCT. Use a sunscreen or protective clothing if you must be outside for a prolonged period.
DO NOT USE salt substitute or other potassium supplement without checking with your doctor.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. Caution is advised when using Benicar HCT in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of Benicar HCT.
FOR WOMEN: USE OF Benicar HCT during pregnancy has resulted in fetal and newborn death. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor immediately. Benicar HCT is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Benicar HCT.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include dizziness or lightheadedness especially when sitting up or standing, nausea or vomiting, dry mouth, diarrhea, headache, or fatigue. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor.
CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience muscle pain or cramps, mental or mood changes, unusual thirst, unusual tiredness or weakness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, fainting, persistent sore throat or cough, fever, unusual bleeding or bruising, yellowing of eyes or skin, dark urine, chest pain, stomach pain, or joint pain.
AN ALLERGIC REACTION to Benicar HCT is unlikely but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, or trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
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If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include unusual dizziness, unusually rapid or slow heartbeat, fainting, or muscle weakness.
DO NOT SHARE Benicar HCT with others for whom it was not prescribed.
DO NOT USE Benicar HCT for other health conditions. KEEP Benicar HCT out of the reach of children.
IF USING Benicar HCT FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.