Benicar is a prescription medicine that has been licensed to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) in adults and children.
Benicar is part of a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers, or ARBs for short. As the name implies, this drug blocks angiotensin II receptors. This decreases the effectiveness of a chemical known as angiotensin II, which normally causes blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking the effects of angiotensin II, Benicar causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure.
A blood pressure reading consists of two numbers -- for example, 120/80. The top number is known as the systolic blood pressure, and the bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure. During clinical studies in people taking 40 mg of Benicar, systolic blood pressure decreased by 12 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) on average, and diastolic blood pressure decreased by 7 mmHg on average. Lower doses resulted in a smaller drop in blood pressure.
By lowering blood pressure, this drug can decrease the risks that are often seen with long-term high blood pressure.
However for more details do talk to your doc who prescribed the med., take care.
- Benicar Information for Consumers
- Benicar Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Benicar (detailed)
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