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Also known as: Benicar

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Benicar (olmesartan) for High Blood Pressure: "I've had uncontrolled high blood pressure for years. I was taking or had taken multitudes of meds for it. Diuretics, beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, etc. Finally benicar was tried and wow...normal blood pressure for the 1st time in 20 years! I don't get the side effects like many here either. I'm still taking my diuretics and B-blocker as well, and switched to the generic version of olmesartan (insurance). For me, Benicar (olmesartan) is a miracle drug."

   
9.0

Mike (taken for 6 months to 1 year) September 30, 2018

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For High Blood Pressure: "I have been taking Benicar for years and the generic more recently. It does control my BP but the side effects have gotten so much worse over time. Started with a scratchy throat, moved to an irritating cough and now watery frequent bowel movements and a lot of post nasal drip and awful phlegm at night which results in vomiting. I am just now realizing that the diarrhea is probably caused by the rx. My problem is I have tried so many different meds and this is the only one that works and am scared to start all over trying different meds."

   
4.0

Connie (taken for 10 years or more) September 9, 2018

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For High Blood Pressure: "I have been taking this for about a month. I started getting nasal congestion and a ear ache and swelling , I was thinking I just had a sinus infection I tried everything to get rid of it. One day I missed a dose and I felt better that day and the next day I started taking it again and all of a sudden my symptoms came back I’m done with this medicine . I’m hope this will help someone else in the future. It’s hard to find you the right one that works for you."

   
3.0

Kob September 2, 2018

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Benicar (olmesartan) for High Blood Pressure: "Have taken Benicar for 10 years or so. Blood pressure around 123/70. When forced by insurance to take generic, now 156/89. In the past, I got name brand with $42.00 a month co-pay. In order to get name brand now my co-pay would be around $290.00 a month. Outrageous! Switching to something else."

   
8.0

Lola July 20, 2018

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For High Blood Pressure: "I was put on olmesartan by a fill in doctor 10 years ago. When asked why as my BP was always good. I lost my son so stress was high. Basically I decided as they changed how it is dispensed with the benicar given monthly only and HCT (hydrochlorathiazide) given 90 days. I have been busy after hurricane and had run out of the benicar and I noticed a big difference 2 days later and now 6 days later...my pain and fatigue are waning and swelling is going down. I decided to look up risks by stopping, which was just delaying going in for refill of new BP meds. My doctor had told me a few years ago when I asked if I really needed this his response was it is good to take anyway as we get older. That wasn't a good response anyway. I just turned 61. I have daily stressors but reading the side effects on here ...its me in a nutshell. I'm shocked this medication is so harmful."

   
1.0

Jude (taken for 5 to 10 years) July 3, 2018

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For High Blood Pressure: "Reliably moved me from untreated BP of 143/91 to 116/76"

   
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Anonymous (taken for 5 to 10 years) May 25, 2018

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Benicar (olmesartan) for High Blood Pressure: "It help control my blood pressure but the side effects were terrible leg spasms and cramps."

   
5.0

KimRN (taken for 1 to 2 years) May 11, 2018

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For High Blood Pressure: "I stayed on 10mg most of the time. For weeks it worked though I felt brain fog throughout the day, then headaches that intensified over time. I woke up every night abruptly. Depression, blurred vision, cognitive problems, vertigo, loss of equilibrium, lethargy, chest pains, anxiety, stomach aches, brain zaps... It was like being at the gates of death. This drug made my life miserable, and the dr that prescribed it just didn't believe me. I thought I was dying. One day I decided to skip a dose. The next day all of the symptoms were gone! It's been now five days since I stopped this deadly poison and feel stronger every day. I also realized the company that makes it is dealing with multiple lawsuits about all the harm its caused many people. This is scary stuff. Needless to say I switched drs and threw away this poison. If you are feeling miserable while taking olmesartan, try skipping one day. You will be surprised. Love to all, and hope we can control bp in more natural and healthy ways."

   
1.0

Miguel (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 3, 2018

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Benicar (olmesartan) for High Blood Pressure: "I have just turned 66 years old 4/30/18. I've have been taking Benicar HCT for 6 months. Have been very sick with persistent uncontrollable diarrhea (have it right after eating anything), extreme shortness of breath (so bad that I had a lung scan done...was negative), dizziness (had to stand slowly and in place until stabilized), debilitating fatigue (couldn’t hold out to do anything, taking a bath was so tiring ) muscle/joint pain (hard to walk...walked with limp), nausea (had to take antinausea medication frequently), sleeping problems (couldn’t stay awake and sometimes problems falling asleep and staying asleep), weight gain (approximately 20 pounds in 6 months), and bloating (felt full all the time). But no more, I stopped taking it on my own without doctor approval after my research of the side effects. Been off for 2 days and remarkable difference."

   
1.0

Becky (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 2, 2018

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Benicar (olmesartan) for High Blood Pressure: "Been on beta blockers, clonidine, lisinipril over the last year. The beta blockers an I don't get along. I actually had higher bp over time on them. Clonidine is super at reducing pressure, but are intolerable daily. Benicar for me is fantastic. No side effects and keeps pressure in check at 20mg once a day. I demanded the real thing as generic beta blockers caused me problems. I do not trust generic quality. So far, Benicar is the best drug I can imagine for blood pressure patients."

   
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Vike (taken for less than 1 month) April 15, 2018

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For High Blood Pressure: "I have been taking Benicar for 12 years and was switched to a generic last January, 2017. I could tell no difference until they switched the generic to Olmesartan in May, 2017. My blood pressure was up 10-15 points and I experienced light headiness to the point of blacking out twice after taking for 10 days. My insurance will not pay for Benicar. I've tried all 5 of the medications my insurance will pay for. My doctor was about to add a third pill to the medication just to control my blood pressure. I'm running out of options."

   
5.0

Ann (taken for less than 1 month) April 12, 2018

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For High Blood Pressure: "Even at 40 mg daily dosage the drop in the blood pressure is not significant."

   
4.0

Js (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 1, 2018

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Benicar (olmesartan) for High Blood Pressure: "I have been on Benicar 20/12.5 for 10 years and my blood pressure has been normal 110/65. I had to switch to the generic be cause of insurance reasons and I experienced all kinds of side effects: dizziness, cough, and higher blood pressure. It is not the same."

Reese (taken for less than 1 month) March 29, 2018

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For High Blood Pressure: "Side effect of increased skeletal and muscle aches and pain most noticeable within 4 hours of taking medication"

   
4.0

Pat (taken for 1 to 2 years) March 16, 2018

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Benicar (olmesartan) for High Blood Pressure: "Benicar kept my HBP down to normal for years. Aside from fatigue and subsequent weight gain I felt no ill effects as long as I took it at bedtime. However now that the generic form is being pushed by the pharmacies my HBP is back with a vengence. The systolic number went from years at 123 to 190 in 2 months. The worthless generic substitute is Olmesartan Medoxomil! This experience has totally changed my opinion about generic drugs and where they are made. I reported this to the FDA because I was on the verge of having a stroke because of this generic Benicar."

   
8.0

Jim (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 2, 2018

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For Migraine Prevention: "I take 20mg, 3x/day and it seems to work even better than amlodipine at 20 mg/day for me. I haven't had a migraine in weeks. Great medication. Thinking about trying to switch to telmisartan eventually for its other health benefits."

   
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hintonmj (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 22, 2017

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For High Blood Pressure: "I have taken both Olmesartan (Benicar) and Losartan (generic Angiotensin II receptor antagonists) to replace earlier ACE Inhibitor drugs, which invariably caused a chronic cough for me. I went off Benicar in 2015 because my insurance designated it as non-preferred and it was extremely expensive, but I have recently discovered that it is now available as a generic. Olmesartan has given me better and more stable control of moderately elevated blood pressure than Losartan."

   
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Oldionus (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 20, 2017

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For High Blood Pressure: "I’m a medical doctor and I was tested to show high BP. I ignored it for many years till I began to get the occasional headache and with a lot of coffee, I would experience near panic attacks. Then I was put on Olmesartan by the cardiologist at 160/110 and within minutes, my blood pressure in under control at a very low dose as I have reazlised that I am exquisitely sensitive to Olemsartan even at 20mg. So I am taking 10 mg Olmesartan with the initial lightheadedness at every dose administration. After 15 minutes the symptoms pass and I am in control for a day and a half. So I have my portable BP instrument with me OMRON and my BP is 120/85 most times though it can fluctuate. But I dose myself every alternate day and It’s GREAT!"

Psysword (taken for 1 to 2 years) September 30, 2017

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For Migraine Prevention: "Suffered severe crippling migraines on a regular basis, doctor put me on Olmesartan 40mg 3 times a day, and the migraines gradually went away completely. Tapered off, the migraines came back. Started back on, migraines went away again. I do not have high bloodpressure, and taking Olmesartan have only lowered my blood pressure slightly. Been on Olmesartan now for 4 years."

   
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Maja1 September 3, 2017

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For High Blood Pressure: "Although the Benicar 40 mg has been working well, I'm trying to figure out how to deal with the excessive tiredness. Tried taking it at 8:00 last night, slept very well for 7 hours, but still feeling sleepy this morning"

Great reviewer (taken for less than 1 month) September 1, 2017

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Benicar (olmesartan) for Migraine Prevention: "Took it for about a year for migraines after trying several different other treatments. Stopped migraines and tapered off the drug and no more headaches, that was over ten years ago and still don't have migraines."

   
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ControlPro August 26, 2017

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Benicar (olmesartan) for High Blood Pressure: "I've been on Benicar HCT 20mg/12.5mg for 3 week now this medicine has some bad side effects I've experienced light headed, dizziness, cough feel like my chest feel tight sometime muscle aches tired all the time..does anybody else experience these side effects..when you tell your doctor what your experience they thinks it's not the medicine we know our bodies.."

   
4.0

Anonymous August 13, 2017

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For High Blood Pressure: "Olmesartan gets my BP down but with downsides - sometimes systolic and diastolic decrease at different rates and my body has difficulty adjusting back to normal. I have experienced all of the following side effects: elevated heart rate, chest pain, vertigo, breathlessness during exercise , light headedness. I am looking for an alternative with less side effects. The best advice I can give is that you should first get yourself a good BP monitor. I got myself an OMRON BP652 which is excellent. I chose a wrist monitor because it is small, portable and easy to use. You will benefit by finding your own optimal dosage (40mg/day was way too much for me) Effectiveness 9/10; Side effects 3/10 Overall 6/10"

Budsy(part2) (taken for 6 months to 1 year) June 16, 2017

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For High Blood Pressure: "I have been using Olmesartan for 9 months. I am a 63 year old male with no prior medical history. My lifestyle has always been healthy (intake-wise) but increasingly sedentary and stressful and I think these factors are what exacerbated my BP. Otherwise I was healthy: non-smoker, low alcohol, average weight etc. My wife finally convinced me to get a routine medical check-up (last check-up approx. 5 or 6 years previously) and the result was the doctor discovered high BP ( Systolic 190, Diastolic I can’t remember – but the message was clear – my BP was dangerously high). So the doctor prescribed Olmetec 40mg, once-daily at bed-time - and arranged a follow up appointment for a fortnight later. I went home and immediately ordered a BP monitor"

   
6.0

Budsy (taken for 6 months to 1 year) June 11, 2017

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Benicar (olmesartan) for High Blood Pressure: "I took Benicar for 12 years or more and went through the leg cramps etc. but it worked well on my BP. I would get kidney infections occasionally but didn't know why. One day a few years ago I came down with painful gout. My new doctor took me off Benicar right away. She said it contributed to my gout flare ups because it affected my kidneys. I was so angry because I didn't know and hadn't read up on it. Have your kidneys check regularly while taking this med. Now through diet and another BP med I do well with the Gout, however I wish I hadn't taken Benicar so long and had it affect my kidneys. Be careful!"

   
6.0

Kissie March 24, 2017

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