What is high blood pressure?

  • As your heart pumps blood to the different parts of your body, the blood pushes against the walls of your blood vessels and arteries. The force that it exerts is what doctors call blood pressure.

    The more blood your heart pumps, and the narrower your arteries, the greater your blood pressure will be. When it becomes higher than the level recommended for good health, it is called high blood pressure or hypertension. BENICAR and BENICAR HCT have been proven to help lower blood pressure. BENICAR HCT is not indicated as the first medication to use for treatment of high blood pressure. Talk to your doctor to see if BENICAR or BENICAR HCT may be right for you.

What causes high blood pressure?

  • High blood pressure often has no direct cause. However, certain risk factors may increase your chances of developing it. Some, such as age, gender, race, and family history, cannot be controlled. Fortunately, you can help control many of the others.

Risk factors you CAN control

  1. Overweight

    Losing even a small amount of weight can help you lower your blood pressure.2

  2. Lack of physical activity

    Regular physical activity can help you lower your blood pressure and keep your weight under control.

  3. Tobacco use

    Smoking or chewing tobacco can raise blood pressure. If you smoke, quit.

  4. A high salt (sodium) diet

    A diet low in sodium has been shown to help lower blood pressure.3

  5. Alcohol use

    Too much may raise your blood pressure.

  6. Stress

    Stress can raise blood pressure temporarily and may lead to overeating, and tobacco or alcohol use. There are techniques to help reduce it.

  7. Certain conditions

    High cholesterol, diabetes, kidney disease, and sleep apnea may increase your risk of high blood pressure. Talk to your doctor if you have these.

  8. Some medications

    Decongestants, birth control pills, and certain pain relievers and prescription drugs can raise blood pressure. Talk to your doctor before taking them.

Did you know?

  • According to the American Heart Association, high blood pressure is a major risk factor for stroke.4


  • Approximately 70% of people who have their first heart attack have high blood pressure.5
    There are no controlled studies demonstrating risk reduction with BENICAR.


  • More than 360,000 American deaths in 2013 included high blood pressure as a primary or contributing cause.5 That is almost 1,000 deaths each day.5


Selected Important Safety Information

Do not take BENICAR or BENICAR HCT if you:

  • Take a medicine that contains aliskiren and you have diabetes or kidney problems

Do not take BENICAR HCT if you:

  • Have less urine than normal or if you cannot urinate
  • Are allergic to other sulfonamide type medicines
  • Have severe kidney disease

For important safety information, please see below.