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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)

Sugar, Not Salt, May Be at Fault for Hypertension
Source: Medscape Family Medicine Headlines [2014.12.11]
Many processed foods have replaced fat calories with simple sugar, to the detriment of consumer health.
Medscape Medical News

Poor semen quality linked to hypertension, other health problems
Source: Dermatology News From Medical News Today [2014.12.10]
A study of more than 9,000 men with fertility problems has revealed a correlation between the number of different defects in a man's semen and the likelihood that the man has other health problems.

How obesity causes hypertension
Source: Endocrinology News From Medical News Today [2014.12.09]
The link between obesity and cardiovascular diseases is well acknowledged. Being obese or overweight is a major risk factor for the development of elevated blood pressure, and cardiovascular diseases.

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

Pregnant women who have donated a kidney are at increased risk for hypertension, preeclampsia
Source: Hypertension News From Medical News Today [2014.11.23]
Nearly 30,000 people become living kidney donors worldwide each year, and many are young women.

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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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