I am taking both atenelol and benicar. from what I am reading here they do basically the same thing? would it been more beneficial to just increase the atenelol rather than adding another medication?
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.
Atenolol is a prescription medicine that has been licensed to treat several conditions related to the heart and blood vessels. It is part of a class of drugs called beta blockers.
Atenolol has been licensed to treat a number of conditions. These uses include:
* Controlling high blood pressure (hypertension); * Relieving angina symptoms; * Improving survival following a heart attack.
However, the drug does not cure high blood pressure or angina.
Atenolol may also be recommended for other reasons, such as treatment of migraines or anxiety. It has not been approved for use in children.
Most of the times 2 meds are prescribed to lower high blood pressure, bot the above meds do have a different role in its therapy, however for more info please do talk to your doc who prescribed the med, take care, be well & safe.
As pointed out in the above answer Atenolol is a beta blocker and Benicar is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist (not an alpha blocker).
They both work together in different ways to reduce blood pressure.
If blood pressure is not controlled adequately by one medicine the doctor needs to decide whether he is going to increase the dosage or add another drug.
Often giving low doses of two different medicines is better tolerated by the patient than increasing the dosage of just one - which can increase the risk of side effects.
Hope this helps.
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