Find out if BENICAR is right for you

  • You've been diagnosed with high blood pressure. You may have tried diet and exercise, but are still having a tough time working toward your blood pressure goal. Perhaps your doctor has suggested BENICAR or BENICAR HCT and you're wondering: will BENICAR or BENICAR HCT work for me?

Here’s what clinical studies have shown:

  1. Although there was variation in blood pressure response, the overall blood pressure lowering effect of BENICAR taken once a day was maintained throughout the 24-hour period.

  2. Lower blood pressure results were seen in as little as 7 days.

  3. The effectiveness of BENICAR has been demonstrated in 7 clinical trials.

Please note that individual results may vary. It is important to take your high blood pressure medicine as directed by your doctor. After starting medicine, please speak with your doctor if you have questions about your blood pressure numbers or the medicine itself.

To help you get the conversation started, we've put together this list of questions to ask your doctor.

How BENICAR and BENICAR HCT are different

  • BENICAR and BENICAR HCT both help lower pressure, but they are 2 different medicines.

    BENICAR is 1 medicine, called olmesartan medoxomil, that can be used alone or with other drugs that treat high blood pressure.

    BENICAR HCT has 2 different medicines (olmesartan medoxomil and hydrochlorothiazide) in 1 tablet. Taking both medicines has been shown to lower blood pressure more than taking either medicine alone. BENICAR HCT should not be used as the first medicine to treat high blood pressure.

    Is 1 of these medicines right for you? Only your doctor can tell you. To help you ask the questions that will make the decision clearer for you both, print out our Doctor Discussion Guide.

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BENICAR (olmesartan medoxomil) is a prescription medicine used to lower high blood pressure (hypertension). Medicines that lower blood pressure lower the chance of having a stroke or heart attack. BENICAR may be used alone or with other medicines used to treat high blood pressure.

Patients may require more than one type of blood pressure lowering medication. Along with lowering blood pressure, a complete treatment plan to lower the chance of a stroke or heart attack may include exercise, a diet low in sodium, stopping smoking, controlling cholesterol, treatment or prevention of blood clots, and controlling blood sugar.


Important Safety Information for BENICAR®


  • BENICAR can cause harm or death to an unborn baby
  • Talk with your doctor about other ways to lower your blood pressure if you become pregnant
  • If you get pregnant while taking BENICAR, tell your doctor immediately

Please see the WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS section of the Full Product Information about Fetal Toxicity.

Do not take BENICAR if you:

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


Children that are less than 1 year of age must not receive BENICAR for high blood pressure.
Children of any age should not take BENICAR.

Before taking BENICAR tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Also tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. A medicine in BENICAR can pass into your breast milk. This may harm your baby. You and your doctor should decide if you will take BENICAR or breast-feed. You should not do both.

Let your doctor know about any health conditions you may have
Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in BENICAR (see Full Product Information for a list of the ingredients in BENICAR). Also let your doctor know if you have any of the health conditions listed below:

Before you take BENICAR:

Let your doctor know if you have these, or any other, medical conditions:

  • Kidney problems
  • A lot of diarrhea or are vomiting

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take

Some of your other medicines and BENICAR could affect each other. This may cause serious side effects.

These medicines may include prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements:

If you take BENICAR, tell your doctor if you also take:

  • Water pills (diuretics)
  • Other medicines for high blood pressure or a heart problem
  • Potassium supplements or a salt substitute that contains potassium
  • Pain or arthritis medicines, such as aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Welchol® (colesevelam hydrochloride)
  • Lithium for certain types of depression

About drug interactions

Some of your other medicines and BENICAR could affect each other. This may cause serious side effects. Take BENICAR as prescribed by your doctor. Talk with your doctor before you stop taking BENICAR.

Know about possible side effects of BENICAR

Serious side effects may include injury or death to an unborn baby; low blood pressure (hypotension), which may cause you to feel faint or dizzy; and kidney problems, which may get worse in people with kidney disease. If you have kidney problems, you may need blood tests, and your doctor may need to lower your dose. Tell your doctor if you get swelling in your feet, ankles, or hands, or have unexplained weight gain. These may be signs of kidney problems. If you have heart failure, your doctor should also check your kidney function before prescribing these medicines. Tell your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms.

Serious side effects may also include severe, chronic diarrhea with considerable weight loss, which may develop months to years after starting BENICAR. Tell your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms.

Additional side effects of BENICAR

The most common side effect of BENICAR was dizziness.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. Not all the possible side effects of BENICAR have been mentioned in the Important Safety Information. For more information, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

To report side effects, contact Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., at 1-877-437-7763 or the FDA at 1-800-332-1088 or

Please see Full Prescribing Information for BENICAR.

Did you know?

Selected Important Safety Information

BENICAR and BENICAR HCT may cause kidney problems, which may get worse in people with kidney disease. Talk to your doctor if you have kidney problems.

For important safety information, please see below.