Listen to your body and keep your doctor informed.

  • All prescription medicines have potential side effects. Here are some you should be familiar with before starting BENICAR or BENICAR HCT.

    Do not take BENICAR or BENICAR HCT 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 other sulfonamide type medicines

    • Have severe kidney disease

    Before taking BENICAR or BENICAR HCT, tell your doctor if you are trying to become pregnant, are already pregnant, are breast-­feeding or plan to breast-­feed. It is important to tell your doctor about all the medicines you are taking, both prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Tell your doctor if you have kidney problems, liver problems, or if you have lupus.

    The most common side effect of BENICAR or BENICAR HCT was dizziness.

    Other side effects of BENICAR HCT included upper respiratory tract infections, too much uric acid in the blood, and nausea.

    Side effects of both BENICAR and BENICAR HCT were generally mild in clinical studies.

    In studies of both medicines, the number of side effects that happened in people taking BENICAR or BENICAR HCT was similar to the number of people taking a placebo, or sugar pill.

    These are not all of the side effects for BENICAR and BENICAR HCT. Please continue reading below for important safety information.

    Be sure to talk with your doctor about any concerns you have about the potential side effects of BENICAR or BENICAR HCT. To help you, here is a Doctor Discussion Guide you can print out and bring with you to your next appointment.

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.