Taking Benicar

BENICAR and BENICAR HCT can only work if taken as prescribed by your doctor

BENICAR and BENICAR HCT can only work if taken as prescribed by your doctor

Your doctor will decide what the right dose is for you. Many doctors prescribe the lowest starting dose of BENICAR or BENICAR HCT to their patients. Then, if that doesn’t lower blood pressure enough, they may raise the dose.

Take BENICAR and BENICAR HCT as prescribed by your doctor

Take BENICAR and BENICAR HCT as prescribed by your doctor

Once a day,
every day

With or
without food

Alone or with other drugs that treat high blood pressure

Keep taking your medicine as your doctor recommends, even if your blood pressure is improving.
Skipping doses or not taking your medicine may cause your blood pressure to rise again.
Do not take BENICAR HCT as your first medicine for the treatment of your high blood pressure.

Selected Important Safety Information - Taking BENICAR

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 any component of this medicine

For Important Safety Information, please see below.

Remember to refill

Remember to refill

When you’re taking BENICAR or BENICAR HCT every day, your prescription can run out before you notice. Remember to refill your prescription before it runs out.

See how BENICAR and BENICAR HCT work

See how BENICAR and
BENICAR HCT work

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INDICATIONS

BENICAR, BENICAR HCT, AZOR, and TRIBENZOR are prescription medicines used to lower high blood pressure (hypertension). Medicines that lower blood pressure lower the chance of having a stroke or heart attack.

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.

BENICAR, BENICAR HCT, AZOR, and TRIBENZOR may be used alone or with other medicines to treat high blood pressure.

AZOR may be used as the first medicine to treat high blood pressure in people who are likely to need more than 1 blood pressure medicine to reach their blood pressure goals.

AZOR is not for use as the first medicine to treat high blood pressure for people who are 75 years of age and older or have liver problems.

BENICAR HCT and TRIBENZOR are not for use as the first medicine to treat high blood pressure.

Important Safety Information for BENICAR®, BENICAR HCT®, AZOR®, and TRIBENZOR®

WARNING: DO NOT TAKE BENICAR, BENICAR HCT, AZOR, OR TRIBENZOR DURING PREGNANCY

  • BENICAR, BENICAR HCT, AZOR, and TRIBENZOR 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, BENICAR HCT, AZOR, or TRIBENZOR, tell your doctor immediately

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

Do not take BENICAR, BENICAR HCT, AZOR, or TRIBENZOR if you:

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

Do not take BENICAR HCT or TRIBENZOR if you:

  • Have less urine than normal or if you cannot urinate
  • Are allergic to any component of this medicine
  • Are allergic to other sulfonamide type medicines
  • Have not taken any other medicines to treat your high blood pressure before

Children that are less than 1 year of age must not receive BENICAR for high blood pressure. Children of any age should not receive AZOR, BENICAR HCT, or TRIBENZOR.

Before taking BENICAR, BENICAR HCT, AZOR, or TRIBENZOR, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant as soon as possible. Also tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. A medicine in BENICAR HCT and TRIBENZOR can pass into your breast milk. This may harm your baby. You and your doctor should decide if you will take BENICAR, BENICAR HCT, AZOR, or TRIBENZOR or breast-feed. You should not do both. (Please see Boxed WARNING regarding Fetal Toxicity).

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, BENICAR HCT, AZOR, or TRIBENZOR (see Full Product Information for a list of the ingredients in BENICAR, BENICAR HCT, AZOR, or TRIBENZOR, as applicable). Also let your doctor know if you have any of the health conditions listed below:

Before you take these medicines:

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

BENICAR

  • Kidney problems
  • A lot of diarrhea or are vomiting
  • Diabetes

BENICAR HCT

  • Kidney or liver problems
  • Lupus
  • A lot of diarrhea or are vomiting
  • History of allergy or bronchial asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Gout

AZOR

  • Kidney or liver problems
  • Heart problems (including coronary heart disease and narrowing of the aortic valve)
  • A lot of diarrhea or are vomiting
  • Diabetes

TRIBENZOR

  • Kidney or liver problems
  • Lupus
  • Heart problems (including coronary heart disease and narrowing of the aortic valve)
  • A lot of diarrhea or are vomiting
  • History of allergy or bronchial asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Gout

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take

Some of your other medicines and BENICAR, BENICAR HCT, AZOR, or TRIBENZOR 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:

If you take AZOR, 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
  • 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)
  • Simvastatin, a cholesterol-lowering drug
  • Lithium for certain types of depression
  • CYP3A inhibitors and CYP3A inducers (medicines that affect the liver)

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

If you take TRIBENZOR, 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)
  • Diabetes medicine including insulin
  • Lithium for certain types of depression
  • Steroids
  • Cholesterol-lowering medicines (e.g., cholestyramine, colestipol)
  • 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)
  • Diabetes medicine including insulin
  • Narcotic pain medicine
  • Sleeping pills and antiseizure medicines called barbiturates
  • Lithium for certain types of depression
  • Steroids
  • Cholesterol-lowering medicines (including simvastatin)
  • Cyclosporine or tacrolimus (medicines used to alter the way your immune system works)
  • CYP3A inhibitors and CYP3A inducers (medicines that affect the liver)

About alcohol and other drug interactions

If you are taking TRIBENZOR do not drink alcohol. Your blood pressure may become too low if you drink alcohol.

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

Know about possible side effects

For BENICAR, BENICAR HCT, AZOR, and TRIBENZOR

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, BENICAR HCT, AZOR, or TRIBENZOR. Tell your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms.

Additional side effects for BENICAR and BENICAR HCT only

Because of the thiazide diuretic (water pill), an ingredient in BENICAR HCT, other serious side effects may include allergic reactions and changes in body salts (such as sodium and potassium) and fluids. Tell your doctor if you have these signs and symptoms: dry mouth, thirst, weakness, tiredness or sleepiness, restlessness, confusion, seizures, muscle pains or cramps, muscle tiredness, dizziness or fainting, having little or no urine output, or nausea and vomiting.

The thiazide diuretic in BENICAR HCT can also cause eye problems, which may lead to vision loss. Symptoms can happen within hours to weeks of starting BENICAR HCT. Tell your doctor if you have a decrease in vision or eye pain.

The most common side effect of BENICAR and BENICAR HCT was dizziness. Other side effects of BENICAR HCT included upper respiratory tract infections, more uric acid in the blood, and nausea.

Do not take BENICAR HCT as your first medicine for the treatment of your high blood pressure.

Additional side effects for AZOR only

Because of amlodipine, an ingredient in AZOR, other serious side effects may include worsening chest pain or heart attack. Get medical help right away if you have chest pain that gets worse or does not go away.

The most common side effect of AZOR was swelling from fluid buildup in the body. Other less common side effects were blood pressure that is too low; blood pressure that becomes too low after standing up too quickly; rash; itching; pounding or racing heartbeat; more frequent urination; and excessive urination at night. Other side effects may include headache, dizziness, and redness of the face and neck (flushing).

Do not take AZOR as your first medicine for the treatment of your high blood pressure if you have liver problems or if you are 75 years of age and older.

Additional side effects for TRIBENZOR only

Because of amlodipine, an ingredient in TRIBENZOR, other serious side effects may include chest pain that gets worse or heart attack. Get medical help right away if you have chest pain that gets worse or does not go away. TRIBENZOR also contains a thiazide diuretic (water pill), which may cause allergic reactions and changes in body salts (such as sodium and potassium) and fluids. Tell your doctor if you have signs of a change in body salts and body fluids. Signs of a change include: dry mouth, thirst, weakness, tiredness or sleepiness, or restlessness. These signs may also include confusion, seizures, muscle pains or cramps, muscle tiredness, dizziness or fainting, having little or no urine, fast heartbeat, and nausea and vomiting.

The thiazide diuretic in TRIBENZOR can also cause eye problems which may lead to vision loss. Symptoms can happen within hours to weeks of starting TRIBENZOR. Tell your doctor right away if you have a decrease in vision or eye pain.

The most common side effects of TRIBENZOR include dizziness; swelling of the ankles, feet, and hands; headache; tiredness; stuffy or runny nose and sore throat; muscle twitching (spasms); nausea; upper respiratory tract infection; diarrhea; urinary tract infection; and swelling of the joints.

Do not take TRIBENZOR as your first medicine for the treatment of your high blood pressure.

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, BENICAR HCT, AZOR, or TRIBENZOR 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.