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Brand Name: Benicar®
Active Ingredient:   olmesartan medoxomil 
Strength(s): 5 mg, 20 mg, and 40 mg
Dosage Form(s):   Tablets 
Company Name:    Sankyo Pharma Inc.
Availability:         Prescription only
*Date Approved by FDA:   April 25, 2002
*Approval by the FDA does not mean that the drug is available for consumers at this time.

What is Benicar used for?  

Benicar is used to treat high blood pressure in adults. It may be used alone or with other medicines that treat high blood pressure.

Who should not take Benicar?  

Do not take Benicar if you are allergic to Benicar or to any of the ingredients in Benicar.

Special Warning with Benicar:

Do not take Benicar if you are pregnant. If you get pregnant while taking Benicar, stop taking Benicar right away and call your health care provider . Benicar and other medicines like Benicar can harm your baby.

What should I tell my health care provider?

Tell your health care provider if you:

  • are trying to become pregnant, are already pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • have or had kidney problems

Tell your health care provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your health care provider if you are taking duiretics (water pills).

What are some possible side effects of Benicar? (This is NOT a complete list of side effects reported with Benicar. Your health care provider can discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.

The most common side effect with Benicar is dizziness.

For more detailed information about Benicar, ask your health care provider or pharmacist.    Link to Benicar's Approved Label  

Posted: 11/22/02


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source: FDA

last update: December 2004

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