olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide (Oral route)
ol-me-SAR-tan me-DOX-oh-mil, am-LOE-di-peen BES-i-late, hye-droe-klor-oh-THYE-a-zide
Drugs that act directly on the renin-angiotensin system can cause fetal toxicity, including injury and even death to the developing fetus. When pregnancy is confirmed, discontinue immediately .
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Therapeutic Class: Antihypertensive
Pharmacologic Class: Angiotensin II Receptor Antagonist
Chemical Class: Amlodipine
Uses For olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide
Olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide is a combination of medicines that may be used alone or with other medicines to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). High blood pressure adds to the workload of the heart and arteries. If it continues for a long time, the heart and arteries may not function properly. This can damage the blood vessels of the brain, heart, and kidneys, resulting in a stroke, heart failure, or kidney failure. Lowering blood pressure can reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
Olmesartan is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB). It works by blocking a substance in the body that causes the blood vessels to tighten. Olmesartan relaxes the blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. A lower blood pressure will increase the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart.
Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker (CCB). It affects the movement of calcium into the cells of the heart and blood vessels. Amlodipine relaxes the blood vessels and lowers blood pressure.
Hydrochlorothiazide is a thiazide diuretic (water pill). It reduces the amount of water in the body by increasing the flow of urine. This helps lower blood pressure.
olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide is available only with your doctor's prescription.
Before Using olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide combination in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide combination in the elderly.
|All Trimesters||D||Studies in pregnant women have demonstrated a risk to the fetus. However, the benefits of therapy in a life threatening situation or a serious disease, may outweigh the potential risk.|
There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Interactions with Medicines
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
Using olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.
Using olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
- Arsenic Trioxide
- Eslicarbazepine Acetate
- St John's Wort
Using olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
- Amtolmetin Guacil
- Choline Salicylate
- Flufenamic Acid
- Ibuprofen Lysine
- Mefenamic Acid
- Niflumic Acid
- Propionic Acid
- Salicylic Acid
- Sodium Salicylate
- Tiaprofenic Acid
- Tolfenamic Acid
Interactions with Food/Tobacco/Alcohol
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Other Medical Problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
- Angina (severe chest pain), history of or
- Diabetes or
- Glaucoma, angle-closure or
- Gout or
- Heart attack, history of or
- Hypercalcemia (high calcium in the blood) or
- Hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol in the blood) or
- Hyperuricemia (high uric acid in the blood) or
- Hypokalemia (low potassium in the blood) or
- Hypomagnesemia (low magnesium in the blood) or
- Myopia (nearsighted; can't see objects at a distance) or
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (immune system disease)—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
- Anuria (not able to create urine) or
- Diabetes patients who are also using aliskiren (Tekturna®) or
- Kidney disease, severe or
- Sulfa drug allergy, history of—Should not be used in patients with these conditions.
- Aortic stenosis (heart valve problem), severe or
- Asthma, history of or
- Dehydration, severe or
- Heart disease, severe, history of or
- Hyponatremia (low sodium in the blood)—Use with caution. May cause side effects to become worse.
- Congestive heart failure, severe—Use may lead to kidney problems.
- Liver disease—Use with caution. The effects may be increased because of slower removal of the medicine from the body.
Proper Use of olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide
Take olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.
olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide comes with a patient information insert. Read and follow the instructions in the insert carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
In addition to using olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide, treatment for your high blood pressure may include weight control and changes in the types of foods you eat, especially foods high in sodium (salt). Your doctor will tell you which of these are most important for you. You should check with your doctor before changing your diet.
Remember that olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide will not cure your high blood pressure, but it does help control it. You must continue to take it as directed if you expect to lower your blood pressure and keep it down. You might have to take high blood pressure medicine for the rest of your life. If high blood pressure is not treated, it can cause serious problems such as heart failure, blood vessel disease, strokes, or kidney disease.
You may take olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide with or without food.
If you are also using colesevelam (Welchol®), take it at least 4 hours after taking Tribenzor®.
The dose of olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
- For oral dosage form (tablets):
- For high blood pressure:
- Adults—One tablet once a day. Your doctor may adjust the dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than olmesartan 40 milligrams (mg), amlodipine 10 mg, and hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg per day.
- Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
- For high blood pressure:
If you miss a dose of olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
Precautions While Using olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide
It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide is working properly. Blood and urine tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.
Using olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide, tell your doctor right away.
olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting, especially when you get up suddenly from a lying or sitting position. Make sure you know how you react to olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy. If you feel dizzy, lie down so you do not faint. Then sit for a few moments before standing to prevent the dizziness from returning.
Check with your doctor right away if you become sick while taking olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide, especially if you have severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea that does not stop. These conditions may cause you to lose too much water and lead to low blood pressure. You can also lose water by sweating, so drink plenty of water during exercise or in hot weather.
olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide may cause angina (chest pain) or a heart attack in certain patients with severe heart or blood vessel disease. Check with your doctor right away if you are having chest pain or discomfort, fast or irregular heartbeat, nausea or vomiting, pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck, shortness of breath, or sweating.
Check with your doctor right away if blurred vision, difficulty with reading, eye pain, or any other change in vision occurs during or after treatment. This could be a sign of a serious eye problem. Your doctor may want an eye doctor to check your eyes.
olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide may affect blood sugar levels. Diabetic patients may notice a change in the results of blood or urine glucose tests. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions.
Severe, chronic diarrhea with weight loss may develop months to years after taking olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide. Tell your doctor right away if you have these symptoms.
Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines for appetite control, asthma, colds, cough, hay fever, or sinus problems, and herbal or vitamin supplements.
olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:More common
- Bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
- rapid weight gain
- tingling of the hands or feet
- unusual weight gain or loss
- Bladder pain
- bloody or cloudy urine
- body aches or pain
- difficult, burning, or painful urination
- difficulty with breathing
- frequent urge to urinate
- loss of voice
- lower back or side pain
- swelling of the joints
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:Less common
- muscle aches or spasms
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
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