Benicar is often taken by children and adult patients to treat hypertension because this medication keeps their blood vessels from narrowing, thus, improving the blood flow and lowering blood pressure. It belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Sometimes, this medicine can be prescribed together with other blood pressure pills.
Before Taking Benicar
You should stop this treatment when you get pregnant because of possible health risks. Nursing mothers also need to be careful with the use of Benicar for the same reason. If you have diabetes, it’s not advisable to combine this medication with others that contain aliskiren. Before starting its intake, your doctor should know whether you have any allergic reaction, diabetes, kidney diseases, liver problems, dehydration, heart failure and some other serious health conditions.
How You Should Take This Drug
It’s necessary to take regular doses according to the directions of your doctor to get the best results possible. You shouldn’t take Benicar in higher doses or for longer than prescribed to avoid severe side effects. It’s possible to use this medicine with and without food, but your blood pressure must be checked on a regular basis. That’s because some patients tend to have quite low blood pressure when undergoing this treatment. You should call your physician if you experience any signs, such as diarrhea, vomiting, sweating and so on. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can, but don’t take extra pills to make up this missed dosage. Besides, there are certain things that should be avoided when taking Benicar. Don’t mix it with alcohol, salt substitutes, potassium supplements, and some other products. If you get up too fast from lying or sitting positions, you may start feeling dizzy, so you should get up slowly.
Possible Side Effects
Once you experience any signs of serious allergic reactions to Benicar, including difficulty breathing, hives, swelling and others, you need to go to the hospital at once. The good news is that most patients don’t have any allergy to its components. In rare cases they may experience the following side effects:
No or only little urinating;
Fast heart rates and chest pain;
Lightheadedness and headaches;
Dizziness and swelling;
Ongoing or severe diarrhea with your sudden weight loss.
Expected Drug Interactions
There are some medications that may affect Benicar and lead to unwanted drug interactions. For example, this medicine shouldn’t be combined with such drugs as lithium, colesevelam, NSAIDs, ibuprofen, meloxicam and others. That’s why you need to make a full list of other drugs that you’re taking, including prescription and over-the-counter pills in addition to herbal supplements, such as vitamins and minerals. Show it to your doctor to avoid any dangerous drug interactions when taking Benicar and unwanted side effects. These pharmaceutical combinations also reduce the effectiveness of this treatment.