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BENICAR® (olmesartan medoxomil) and talking to your doctor may help you work toward your blood pressure goal.

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Working toward your blood pressure goal takes a partner.

Working toward your blood pressure goal takes a partner.

  • Struggling to get your high blood pressure under control can sometimes feel like a lonely challenge. But you have a partner who can really help: your doctor. Your doctor can help you set a blood pressure goal, then recommend a treatment plan to help you reach it.

    Your plan may include diet, exercise, reducing stress, and taking medicine like BENICAR or BENICAR HCT. Talk to your doctor to see if BENICAR or BENICAR HCT would be appropriate for you.

Better numbers start with better communication

Start with better communication.

  • It's important that you and your doctor communicate openly and honestly. Remember that your doctor counts on you to discuss questions or concerns you may have about high blood pressure.

    To help you have a productive conversation with your doctor, below is a Doctor Discussion Guide with some questions you may want to ask at your next office visit. Print it and take it with you to your next appointment.

DOCTOR DISCUSSION GUIDE

Doctor Discussion Guide

  1. What is my current blood pressure?

  2. What are my target blood pressure numbers?

  3. What blood pressure medication(s) am I currently taking?

  4. How are BENICAR and BENICAR HCT different from what I’m taking now?

  5. How quickly do BENICAR and BENICAR HCT start to work?

  6. What are the possible side effects of BENICAR and BENICAR HCT?

  7. How will BENICAR or BENICAR HCT interact with medicines I am already taking?

  8. Is BENICAR or BENICAR HCT right for me?

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Selected Important Safety Information

Some of your other medicines and BENICAR and BENICAR HCT could affect each other. This may cause serious side effects. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take.

For important safety information, please see below.

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Important Safety Information

INDICATIONS:

BENICAR (olmesartan medoxomil) and BENICAR HCT (olmesartan medoxomil-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 and BENICAR HCT may be used alone or with other medicines used to treat high blood pressure.

BENICAR HCT is not for use as the first medicine to treat high blood pressure.

 

Important Safety Information for BENICAR® and BENICAR HCT®

WARNING: DO NOT TAKE BENICAR or BENICAR HCT DURING PREGNANCY

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

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

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 any component of this medicine

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 HCT.

Before taking BENICAR or BENICAR HCT 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 can pass into your breast milk. This may harm your baby. You and your doctor should decide if you will take BENICAR or BENICAR HCT 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 or BENICAR HCT (see Full Product Information for a list of the ingredients in BENICAR or BENICAR HCT, 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

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take

Some of your other medicines and BENICAR or BENICAR HCT 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

If you take BENICAR HCT, 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)

Other drug interactions

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

Know about possible side effects of BENICAR and BENICAR HCT

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

Additional side effects of BENICAR and BENICAR HCT

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.

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 or BENICAR HCT 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 and BENICAR HCT.

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