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Benicar (Olmesartan Medoxomil) - Summary

 
 



USE IN PREGNANCY

When used in pregnancy during the second and third trimesters, drugs that act directly on the renin-angiotensin system can cause injury and even death to the developing fetus. When pregnancy is detected, BENICAR HCT® should be discontinued as soon as possible. See WARNINGS, Fetal/Neonatal Morbidity and Mortality.

 

BENICAR SUMMARY

BENICAR® (olmesartan medoxomil), a prodrug, is hydrolyzed to olmesartan during absorption from the gastrointestinal tract. Olmesartan is a selective AT1 subtype angiotensin II receptor antagonist.

BENICAR® is indicated for the treatment of hypertension. It may be used alone or in combination with other antihypertensive agents.
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NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Media Articles Related to Benicar (Olmesartan)

Vitamin D 'ineffective as treatment for hypertension'
Source: Hypertension News From Medical News Today [2015.03.19]
Researchers report that vitamin D supplementation does not work as an antihypertensive agent and cannot be recommended to control high blood pressure.

Expanding blood pressure screenings beyond primary care can improve hypertension detection
Source: Hypertension News From Medical News Today [2015.03.16]
Expanding blood pressure screenings to non-primary care settings can help identify more patients with high blood pressure, commonly called hypertension, and could contribute to better hypertension...

Physical labor, hypertension and multiple meds may reduce male fertility
Source: Fertility News From Medical News Today [2015.03.11]
NIH-funded study analyzes data from more than 450 men attempting to conceiveWorking in a physically demanding job, having high blood pressure, and taking multiple medications are among health...

Pulmonary Hypertension
Source: MedicineNet Fainting Specialty [2015.02.19]
Title: Pulmonary Hypertension
Category: Diseases and Conditions
Created: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 2/19/2015 12:00:00 AM

Picture of Hypertension
Source: MedicineNet Pregnancy Induced Hypertension Specialty [2014.12.09]
Title: Picture of Hypertension
Category: Images
Created: 2/3/2011 1:47:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 12/9/2014 12:00:00 AM

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Published Studies Related to Benicar (Olmesartan)

Results from a 12 months, randomized, clinical trial comparing an olmesartan/amlodipine single pill combination to olmesartan and amlodipine monotherapies on blood pressure and inflammation. [2014]
profile, insulin sensitivity, and inflammation compared to singles monotherapies... CONCLUSION: Other than to be more effective in reducing blood pressure,

Olmesartan/amlodipine combination versus olmesartan or amlodipine monotherapies on blood pressure and insulin resistance in a sample of hypertensive patients. [2013]
Despite the wide range of antihypertensive medications, about 45.5% of treated patients fail to achieve the desired blood pressure (BP) target...

A titrate-to-goal study of switching patients uncontrolled on antihypertensive monotherapy to fixed-dose combinations of amlodipine and olmesartan medoxomil +/- hydrochlorothiazide. [2011.06]
In the prospective, open-label, titrate-to-goal Blood Pressure Control in All Subgroups With Hypertension (BP-CRUSH) study, 999 patients with hypertension uncontrolled on monotherapy (mean age, 55.6 +/- 11.4 years; baseline blood pressure [BP], 153.7 +/- 9.2/91.9 +/- 8.6 mm Hg) were switched to fixed-dose amlodipine/olmesartan medoxomil (AML/OM) 5/20 mg...

Efficacy and safety of olmesartan medoxomil plus amlodipine in age, gender and hypertension severity defined subgroups of hypertensive patients. [2011.06]
Effective antihypertensive therapy is crucial for preventing cardiovascular events; however, blood pressure (BP) control rates remain poor. The objective of this analysis was to determine the efficacy of olmesartan/amlodipine in age, severity and gender-based subgroups of patients with moderate-to-severe hypertension uncontrolled by amlodipine monotherapy...

Antihypertensive efficacy and safety of olmesartan and ramipril in elderly patients with mild to moderate systolic and diastolic essential hypertension. [2011.04]
OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy and safety of olmesartan medoxomil (O) and ramipril (R) in elderly patients with essential arterial hypertension... CONCLUSIONS: In elderly patients with essential arterial hypertension, O provides an effective, prolonged and well tolerated blood pressure control, with significantly better blood pressure normalization than R and represents a useful option among first-line drug treatments of hypertension in this age group.

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Clinical Trials Related to Benicar (Olmesartan)

Olmesartan in Essential Hypertension [Completed]
To test the efficacy and safety of olmesartan in patients with essential hypertension.

An Examination of the Safety and Blood Pressure Lowering Effect of Increasing Doses of Benicar® and Benicar® HCT in Patients With Hypertension [Completed]
Effect of increasing doses of olmesartan medoxomil and olmesartan medoxomil/hydrochlorothiazide on blood pressure in patients with hypertension

Fed Study of Olmesartan Medoxomil Tablets 40 mg and Benicar® Tablets 40 mg [Completed]
The objective of this study was to investigate the bioequivalence of Mylan's olmesartan medoxomil 40 mg tablets to Sankyo's Benicar® 40 mg tablets following a single, oral 40 mg (1 x 40 mg) dose administered under fed conditions.

Fasting Study of Olmesartan Medoxomil Tablets 40 mg and Benicar® Tablets 40 mg [Completed]
The objective of this study was to investigate the bioequivalence of Mylan's olmesartan medoxomil 40 mg tablets to Sankyo's Benicar® 40 mg tablets following a single, oral 40 mg (1 x 40 mg) dose administered under fasting conditions.

Parallel-Group Comparison of Olmesartan, Amlodipine and Hydrochlorothiazide in Hypertension [Recruiting]
This study is to determine the change in blood pressure from the administration of Olmesartan/Amlodipine/Hydrochlorothiazide triple combinations compared to dual combinations with Olmesartan/Amlodipine.

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Reports of Suspected Benicar (Olmesartan) Side Effects

Drug Ineffective (79)Weight Decreased (43)Blood Pressure Increased (38)Hypotension (36)Headache (29)Dizziness (28)Hypertension (23)Oedema Peripheral (22)Insomnia (21)Loss of Consciousness (20)more >>


PATIENT REVIEWS / RATINGS / COMMENTS

Based on a total of 3 ratings/reviews, Benicar has an overall score of 9. The effectiveness score is 8 and the side effect score is 9.33. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst.
 

Benicar review by 48 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Hypertension
Dosage & duration:   20mg taken once per day for the period of Ongoing
Other conditions:   None
Other drugs taken:   None
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   My BP is in a normal range when I take this medication. I only require a very low dose.
Side effects:   I had no side effects. This seems to be a highly effective medication that works at a low dose.
Comments:   I took the pill once per day with or with out food. No other treatment was prescribed.

 

Benicar review by 48 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   hypertension/high blood pressure
Dosage & duration:   20mg then 40mg taken once daily for the period of three years and still taking it
Other conditions:   anxiety disorder-obesity-sleep apnea
Other drugs taken:   ativan, lasix
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   lowers blood pressure and helps prevent strokes. Helps the patient to function without the tingling, headaches, and chest pain that comes from having blood pressure too high.
Side effects:   The only side effects I felt was a drained feeling when my blood pressure went down.
Comments:   I take one 40 mg Benicar in the evening because that is when my blood pressure comes up. If I wake up in the middle of the night and my blood pressure is up again from my sleep apnea, then I take another half. I have to drink a lot more water too, as this helps the Benicar to break down quicker.

 

Benicar review by 48 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   hypertension/high blood pressure
Dosage & duration:   20mg then 40mg taken once daily for the period of three years and still taking it
Other conditions:   anxiety disorder-obesity-sleep apnea
Other drugs taken:   ativan, lasix
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   lowers blood pressure and helps prevent strokes. Helps the patient to function without the tingling, headaches, and chest pain that comes from having blood pressure too high.
Side effects:   The only side effects I felt was a drained feeling when my blood pressure went down.
Comments:   I take one 40 mg Benicar in the evening because that is when my blood pressure comes up. If I wake up in the middle of the night and my blood pressure is up again from my sleep apnea, then I take another half. I have to drink a lot more water too, as this helps the Benicar to break down quicker.

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