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Nutrition Tips


Healthy Recipes

Nutrition Tips | video

What Is a Healthy Breakfast?

What Is a Healthy Breakfast? Registered dietitian Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D., shows you.
Content provided by Eating Well magazine.

Nutrition Tips | slideshow

Aisle by Aisle: Supermarket Shopping Guide

How to stay on course in the 6 major aisles of the supermarket.
Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Nutrition Tips | slideshow

7 Healthy Foods to Keep in Your Freezer

Get dinner on the table faster with these freezer-friendly options.
Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Nutrition Tips | article

Smart Ways to Scale Back on Sodium

These tips can help you cut back on salt and could benefit your blood pressure.
Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Nutrition Tips | article

Dash Diet: Healthy Eating to Lower Blood Pressure

Follow this eating approach for better blood pressure and other health benefits.
Content provided by Mayo Clinic

Nutrition Tips | article

4 Tricks to Recharge Your Healthy-Eating Resolutions

Stick to your healthy-eating goals with these problem-solving strategies.
Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Nutrition Tips | article

Guide to Portion Control for Weight Loss

Use visual cues to help with weight loss.
Content provided by Mayo Clinic

Nutrition Tips | article

Trading Up to Whole Grains and Fiber

Simple tips for getting more fiber in your diet every day.
Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Nutrition Tips | article

Make a Dash Toward Balanced Eating

These tips can help you cut back on salt and could benefit your blood pressure.
Content provided by Mayo Clinic

Nutrition Tips | article

Smart Shopping to Trim Time in the Kitchen

Make the most of your time when you go to the supermarket with a plan.
Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Nutrition Tips | article

6 Ways to Eat More Vegetables

Pack your meals with healthy produce using these tips.
Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | lunch

How to Make Healthier Pasta Salad

An easy recipe with lighter substitutes for mayonnaise.
Content provided by Eating Well Magazine

Healthy Recipes | lunch

How to Make Frozen Yogurt Without an Ice Cream Maker

Food editor Jessie Price of Eating Well magazine demonstrates how to make frozen yogurt without an ice cream maker, in a food processor.
Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | lunch

How to Make Hearty Turkey Chili

A tasty twist on a classic.
Content provided by Mayo Clinic

Healthy Recipes | appetizers

How to Make Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Wings, done right.
Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | appetizers

How to Make Quick Shrimp Appetizer

A quick way to make an excellent appetizer.
Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | appetizers

How to Make Sweet Potato Casserole

Just like grandma used to make. Only healthier.
Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | dinner

How to Make Chicken Stir Fry

Finger lickin’ healthy.
Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | breakfast

Apple Corn Muffins

Content provided by Mayo Clinic

Healthy Recipes | lunch

Autumn Salad

Content provided by Mayo Clinic

Healthy Recipes | lunch

Barbecued Chicken Burritos

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | appetizers

Black Bean Croquettes with Fresh Salsa

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | lunch

Bean & Butternut Tacos with Green Salsa

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | lunch

Catfish & Potato Hash

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | lunch

Charred Tomato & Chicken Tacos

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | dinner

Chicken Paprikash

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | lunch

Chinese Chicken & Noodle Salad

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | lunch

Chipotle-Orange Broccoli & Tofu

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | lunch

Couscous with Carrots, Walnuts, and Raisins

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | breakfast

Cranberry-Walnut Oatmeal

Content provided by Mayo Clinic

Healthy Recipes | breakfast

Creamsicle Breakfast Smoothie

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | dinner

Garlic Roasted Salmon & Brussels Sprouts

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | lunch

Grilled Halibut Salad with Beet-Carrot Slaw

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | dinner

Honey-Mustard Turkey Cutlets & Potatoes

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | appetizers

Kale Chips

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | lunch

Lentil Burgers

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | dinner

Linguini with Clam Sauce

Content provided by Mayo Clinic

Healthy Recipes | lunch

Mediterranean Tuna Antipasto Salad

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | dinner

Moroccan-Flavored Pork Ragu

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | dinner

North Country Braised Chicken

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | dinner

Oven-Crusted Chicken Breast

Content provided by Mayo Clinic

Healthy Recipes | breakfast

Oatmeal-Rhubarb Porridge

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | lunch

Oven-Fried Fish & Chips

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | lunch

Pork Fajitas

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | dinner

Quick Cassoulet

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | dinner

Quick Pork & Chile Stew

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | dinner

Rigatoni with Beef & Eggplant Ragu

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | appetizers

Roasted Zucchini & Pesto

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | lunch

Sesame Roasted Mushrooms & Scallions

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | dinner

Spicy Baked Fish

Content provided by Mayo Clinic

Healthy Recipes | lunch

Spring Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | appetizers

Sweet & Sour Cabbage Rolls

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | lunch

Tuna and Avocado Cobb Salad

Content provided by Mayo Clinic

Healthy Recipes | lunch

Turkey & Leek Shepherd’s Pie

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | dinner

Velvet Chicken with Baby Bok Choy

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | lunch

Warm Green Bean Salad with Toasted Walnuts

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | appetizers

White Bean Soup

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | lunch

White Chili

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | breakfast

Yankee Grits

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | appetizers

Zesty Shrimp & Black Bean Salad

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Healthy Recipes | breakfast

Green Smoothie

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

Healthy Recipes | lunch

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Salad

Content provided by Eating Well magazine

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4 Products Important Safety Information

INDICATIONS:

BENICAR (olmesartan medoxomil), BENICAR HCT (olmesartan medoxomil-hydrochlorothiazide), AZOR (amlodipine and olmesartan medoxomil), and TRIBENZOR (olmesartan medoxomil, amlodipine, hydrochlorothiazide) 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 if you:

  • Have less urine than normal or if you cannot urinate
  • Are allergic to any component of this medicine

Do not take TRIBENZOR if you:

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

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. 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.

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

BENICAR HCT

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

AZOR

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

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

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

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)

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.

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.

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.

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

Please see Full Prescribing Information for BENICAR, BENICAR HCT, AZOR, and TRIBENZOR.

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