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Benicar HCT is a combination medicine is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering blood pressure may lower your risk of a stroke or heart attack.Hydrochlorothiazide is a thiazide diuretic (water pill) that helps prevent your body from absorbing too much salt, which can cause fluid retention. Olmesartan is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist. Olmesartan keeps blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well. Most people with high blood pressure do not feel sick.
Always read the patient information and instructions carefully before using this medication.
Make sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist:
Also be aware that:
Common side-effects may include but are not limited to:
Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following side-effects:
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Q: What should I avoid while taking Benicar HCT?
A: If you also take cholestyramine or colestipol, avoid taking these medications within 4 hours before or 4 hours after you take Benicar HCT. Do not use potassium supplements or salt substitutes while you are taking Benicar HCT, unless your doctor has told you to. Drinking alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and may cause side effects. Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise, in hot weather, or by not drinking enough fluids.