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Benicar is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist. It works by inhibiting the action of a chemical transmitter (angiotensin II) and allowing the blood vessels to dilate (widen) and the kidneys to eliminate extra sodium and fluids. These actions combine to help lower blood pressure.

Generic name of Benicar is Olmesartan.

Benicar is also known as Olmesartan, Olmetec, Olmezest, Olmecip.

Brand name of Benicar is Benicar.


Take Benicar orally with or without food.

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If you overdose Benicar and you don't feel good you should visit your doctor or health care provider immediately.


Store your medicine at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F) away from moisture and heat. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Keep out of the reach of children and in a container that small children cannot open.

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Do not take Benicar if you are allergic to Benicar components.

Do not take Benicar if you're pregnant or you plan to have a baby, or you are a nursing mother.

Avoid alcohol.

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Patients who take medicine for high blood pressure often feel tired or run down for a few weeks after starting treatment.

Be careful if you use salt substitute or a product that has potassium in it.

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Treatments aimed at reducing EAT volume can eventually achieve an antiatherosclerotic effect. This is the first trial designed to explore the effect of olmesartan medoxomil on both coronary atherosclerosis progression and EAT volume reduction in patients with coronary atherosclerosis detected by CCTA.

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OM ± HCTZ effectively lowered ambulatory BP in patients with type 2 diabetes and hypertension, enabling them to achieve ambulatory BP targets during both the daytime and nighttime.

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Information was obtained from MEDLINE searches (1996-April 2002) of English-language medical literature. Search terms included CS-866, olmesartan, olmesartan medoxomil, RNH-6270 (active metabolite of olmesartan), Benicar, angiotensin receptors, and antihypertensive agents. In addition, references from relevant articles were reviewed for additional citations. The authors independently reviewed literature identified in the searches. Studies evaluating olmesartan (i.e., abstracts, clinical trials, data on file with manufacturer) were considered for inclusion.

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The renin-angiotensin system plays an important role in the regulation of cardiovascular, renal, and endocrine functions. Recent studies have demonstrated that angiotensin II has proinflammatory effects that may contribute to the pathogenesis of immune-mediated diseases. We used the collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) model to investigate the influence of angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) on antigen-specific immune responses and determine whether ARBs have preventive or therapeutic effects on the development of arthritis.

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This study investigated the relative bioavailability and fasting pharmacokinetic properties of olmesartan after single doses of a 20-mg test tablet, a 20-mg test capsule, and a commercially available 20-mg reference tablet in healthy Chinese male volunteers. The study was conducted to satisfy Chinese State Food and Drug Administration regulatory requirements for approval of a generic formulation of olmesartan medoxomil.

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Patients' baseline MINICHAL mood and somatic domains scores were 5.5 and 2.6. Over the study period HRQoL improved as both MINICHAL scores decreased by 31-33%. Patients' baseline EQ-5D index and VAS scores were 0.9 and 73.4 respectively, increasing by 6% and 12% over the study period. Patients' QALY gain over the 54 weeks study period was estimated to be 0.029 QALYs. The ANCOVA showed that changes in patients' HRQoL was likely to have been influenced by patients' achievement of blood pressure control, the amount of concomitant medication and patients' last used dosage strength of antihypertensive. Linear regression showed that blood pressure improvement may have been associated with improved HRQoL.

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Combination of olmesartan medoxomil (10-40 mg) with amlodipine 5 mg for 8 weeks (double-blind) reduced mean SBP/DBP by up to 16.8 mmHg and 9.6 mmHg, respectively. The additional adjusted mean change in seated DBP (SeDBP) [primary endpoint] with last observation carried forward (LOCF) compared with placebo/amlodipine 5 mg was -2.0 mmHg (p = 0.0207), -3.7 mmHg (p < 0.0001) and -3.8 mmHg (p < 0.0001) for olmesartan medoxomil/amlodipine 10/5 mg, 20/5 mg and 40/5 mg, respectively. The corresponding additional adjusted mean change in SeSBP compared with placebo/amlodipine 5 mg was -3.5 mmHg (p = 0.0103), -5.8 mmHg (p < 0.0001) and -7.1 mmHg (p < 0.0001) for the olmesartan medoxomil/amlodipine 10/5 mg, 20/5 mg and 40/5 mg groups, respectively. Uptitration was associated with further mean reductions of up to 12.6 mmHg (SeSBP) and 8.2 mmHg (SeDBP), and allowed additional patients to achieve goal BP. Target BP was defined using both SBP and DBP criteria (patients without diabetes <140/90 mmHg; patients with diabetes <130/80 mmHg). More than 70% of patients on active combination therapy achieved their BP goal by week 24. All combination regimens were well Minipress Xl Drug tolerated.

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A simultaneous determination of olmesartan medoxomil and hydrochlorothiazide by absorption ratio spectrophotometric method has Avalide Overdose been developed in combined tablet dosage form. The method is based on measurements of absorbance at isoabsoptive point. The Beer's law obeys in the range of 10-30 mug/ml for both olmesartan medoxomil and hydrochlorothiazide respectively. The proposed method was validated by performing recovery study and statistically.

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Olmesartan medoxomil was rapidly absorbed and converted to olmesartan in elderly hypertensive patients, and in patients with renal and hepatic dysfunction. No olmesartan medoxomil itself was detected in plasma. Pharmacokinetic steady state was reached within the first few days after oral dosing. In elderly (65-75 years old), after 80 mg olmesartan medoxomil once daily, and very elderly (> or = 75 years old) hypertensive patients after 10 mg daily, steady-state Cmax and area under the curve (AUC(0-24 h)) values were up to 44% higher compared with young patients (< 46 years). Steady-state elimination half-life values were also longer in elderly (12.8 h) and very elderly patients (16.5 h) compared with young patients (10.6 and 12.3 h, respectively). At steady state after 10 mg olmesartan medoxomil daily in patients with renal impairment, both Cmax and AUC(0-24 h) increased as creatinine clearance (CLCR) decreased, and renal clearance (CLR) decreased with decreasing CLCR. Steady-state Cmax and AUC(0-24 h) values in patients with mild (CLCR, 40-59 ml/min) and moderate (CLCR, 20-30 ml/min) were up to 39 and 82% higher than the values in healthy subjects. After single oral doses of 10 mg olmesartan medoxomil daily to patients with mild (Child-Pugh score < or = 6) and moderate (score 7-9) hepatic impairment, Cmax was generally similar to that in healthy matched subjects, but AUC increased by 30 and 48%, respectively, and was reflected in small increases in absolute bioavailability values compared with healthy subject controls. Excretion of olmesartan in urine also increased with the degree of hepatic impairment, indicating a compensatory excretion mechanism in this disease state. Since the increased plasma concentrations (Cmax and AUC(0-24 h)) in elderly and very elderly patients, and in mild and moderate renal and hepatic impairment, were several-fold lower than plasma concentrations observed in other studies after 80 mg olmesartan medoxomil daily that were well Asacol Hd Generic tolerated, a dosing adjustment in these groups is not considered necessary. In patients with severe renal impairment, however, consideration should be given to a lower starting dose, and it is recommended that the daily dose should not exceed 20 mg daily (compared with 40 mg daily for the general patient population).

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Olmesartan medoxomil (OLM) is an antihypertensive angiotensin II receptor blocker. OLM has a low bioavailability (BA), approximately 26% in humans, due to its low water solubility and efflux by drug resistance pumps in the gastrointestinal tract. Self-microemulsifying drug delivery system (SMEDDS), which is easily emulsified in aqueous media under gentle agitation and digestive motility, was formulated to increase the Vermox Replacement Drug oral BA of OLM. Among the surfactants and oils studied, Capryol 90, Tween 20, and Tetraglycol were chosen and combined at a volume ratio of 1:6:3 on the basis of equilibrium solubility and phase diagram experiments. The mean droplet size of SMEDDS was 15 nm. In an oral absorption study in rats, SMEDDS formulation brought faster absorption compared to suspension, showing a T(max) value of 0.2 hr. The C(max) and AUC values of SMEDDS formulation were significantly higher than those of suspension, revealing a relative BA of about 170%. Our study demonstrated the potential usefulness of SMEDDS for the oral delivery of poorly absorbable compounds, including OLM.

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After a placebo run-in period, 192 patients received olmesartan medoxomil 20 mg/day for 3 weeks. If BP remained ≥ 120/70 Zantac Dosing Child mmHg, patients were uptitrated at 3-week intervals to olmesartan medoxomil 40 mg/day, olmesartan medoxomil/HCTZ 40/12.5 mg/day, and olmesartan medoxomil/HCTZ 40/25 mg/day.

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We examined the effects of angiotensin II AT₁-receptor blockade with olmesartan on high fat (HF) Celebrex Dosing Instructions diet-induced vascular oxidative stress and endothelial dysfunction in normal salt (NS) diet-fed Dahl salt-sensitive (DSS) rats. Treatment with NS + HF diet (32% crude fat, 0.3% NaCl) for 20 weeks significantly increased blood pressure in DSS rats. NS + HF diet-fed DSS rats also showed higher plasma levels of thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances, aortic superoxide production, and mRNA levels of p22(phox) and gp91(phox) in aortic tissues than NS diet-fed DSS rats. Furthermore, acetylcholine-induced vasorelaxation of aorta from NS + HF diet-fed DSS rats was significantly reduced. In NS + HF diet-fed DSS rats, treatment with olmesartan medoxomil (10 mg/kg per day, p.o.) and hydralazine (25 mg/kg per day, p.o.) similarly decreased blood pressure. However, in these animals, only olmesartan normalized plasma levels of thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances, vascular superoxide in aortic tissues, and acetylcholine-induced vasorelaxation. These data indicate that HF diet-induced hypertension is associated with vascular oxidative stress and endothelial dysfunction in NS diet-treated DSS rats. Inhibition of angiotensin II AT₁ receptors may elicit beneficial effects on HF-induced hypertension and vascular injury in subjects that have genetically enhanced sodium-sensitive blood pressure.

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To better define the prevalence of white coat hypertension (WCH) among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and to estimate the magnitude of white coat effect (WCE), before and after antihypertensive therapy, we gathered data from an open-label forced-titration study of a combination of antihypertensive drugs that was titrated sequentially, in the order amlodipine, olmesartan, and hydrochlorothiazide, over an 18-week period among 187 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. WCH was defined as daytime ambulatory blood pressure (BP) of 135/85 mm Hg or less, but clinic BP of 140/90 mm Hg or more. WCE was obtained as the mean difference between clinic and daytime ambulatory BP. At baseline, the prevalence of WCH was 12%; all but one subject had WCE of >10/5 mm Hg. After treatment, the prevalence of WCH had increased to 39% (P < .001). In the overall population, at baseline, the mean (±SD) WCE for systolic BP was 10.4 ± 10.9 mm Hg and 3.7 ± 8.6 mm Hg for diastolic BP. After treatment, the reduction in systolic WCE was 3.01 ± 0.93 (SE; P < .0001); no reduction was seen for diastolic WCE. Among patients treated with amlodipine-olmesartan combination, WCE at baseline was 11 mm Hg systolic and was attenuated to -0.9 mm Hg. Among patients treated with amlodipine-olmesartan-hydrochlorothiazide combination, systolic WCE was similar at baseline (10.1 mm Hg) and at end of therapy (8.1 mm Hg). Mean systolic difference between dual and triple therapy of 9.9 mm Hg, SE 2.98 was significant (P < .001). The drop in diastolic WCE from 6.4 with dual therapy to -1.2 with triple therapy was also significant (mean difference 7.6, SE 2.2; P < .001). In conclusion, the prevalence of WCH increases three-fold with treatment as a result of fewer patients having sustained hypertension. Thus, out-of-office BP monitoring especially among treated hypertensive patients with type 2 diabetes is necessary to provide better assessment of overall BP and response to treatment.

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Hypertension is a leading contributor to the burden of cardiovascular disease. The importance of lowering blood pressure (BP) to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events has been demonstrated in numerous clinical trials. Most patients require combination antihypertensive therapy utilizing agents from complementary drug classes to achieve BP goals. A calcium channel blocker (CCB)/angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) combination is a rational approach for such an antihypertensive strategy. Benefits of CCB/ARB combination therapy include additive BP-lowering effects and lower incidences of adverse events (AEs). These agents demonstrate benefits associated with their respective drug classes. The ARBs confer stroke protection, renal protection, and tolerability similar to placebo, without dose-related symptomatic and metabolic AEs, while CCBs are beneficial in reducing stroke and treating angina and cardiac ischemia. The efficacy of this combination has been recently investigated in clinical trials wherein amlodipine was combined with olmesartan medoxomil or valsartan. This article discusses the rationale for using CCB/ARB combinations in patients with hypertension.

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A simple, rapid, precise and isocratic RP-HPLC (Reverse Phase High Performance Liquid Chromatography) method is aimed to develop for the simultaneous estimation of Olmesartan Medoxomil and Metoprolol Succinate in bulk drug and pharmaceutical dosage form.

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In Korean patients with moderate hypertension not controlled with dual FDC therapy (OM/HCTZ 20/12.5) as first-line therapy, switching to triple FDC therapy (OM/AML/HCTZ 20/5/12.5) was associated with significant BP reductions and greater achievement of BP goals, and was well tolerated ( Identifier: NCT01838850).

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The purpose of this study was to examine whether coadministration of olmesartan medoxomil (OLM), an AT1 subtype specific angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB), and pravastatin (PRV), a 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitor, could enhance the antiatherogenic effect compared with monotherapy. Vehicle, PRV (25 mg/kg), OLM (0.5 mg/kg), and PRV (25 mg/kg) and OLM (0.5 mg/kg) in combination were administered to Watanabe heritable hyperlipidemic (WHHL) rabbits for 8 months. OLM alone and in combination lowered blood pressure to a similar degree, whereas PRV alone had no effect. PRV alone and in combination lowered blood cholesterol to a similar degree, whereas OLM alone had no effect. The combination of PRV and OLM decreased effectively both surface lesion area and lesional thickness in aortic tissue, producing a greater reduction in aortic cholesterol content than either drug alone. Immunohistological examination of the aorta revealed that PRV reduced macrophage infiltration and lipid deposition and that OLM reduced macrophage infiltration accompanied by reduction in monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 expression and N-(carboxymethyl)lysine protein adduct, an oxidative stress marker. It is concluded that OLM, an ARB, and PRV, an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, in combination produce a greater antiatherogenic effect than monotherapy via the combination of the different antiatherosclerotic mechanisms of each drug.