Brand Names : Benicar
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine,
the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will
do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For olmesartan, the
following should be considered:
Allergies - Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual
or allergic reaction to olmesartan. Also tell your doctor and pharmacist if
you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or
Diet - Make certain your health care professional
knows if you are on any special diet, such as a low-sodium diet.
Pregnancy - Use of olmesartan during pregnancy, especially
during the second and third trimesters (after the first 3 months), can cause
low blood pressure, severe kidney failure, or even death in the newborn. Therefore, it is important that you check with your doctor immediately
if you think that you may have become pregnant
. Be sure that you have
discussed this with your doctor before taking this medicine.
Breast-feeding - It is not known whether olmesartan passes into
breast milk. However, olmesartan passes into the milk of lactating rats. Because
this medicine may cause serious side effects, breast-feeding is generally
not recommended while you are taking olmesartan.
Children - Studies on this medicine have only been done in
adult patients, and there is no specific information comparing the use of
olmesartan in children with use in other age groups.
Older adults - This medicine has been tested in patients 65 years
of age or older and has not been shown to cause different side effects or
problems in older people than it does in younger adults. Elderly patients
may have a greater sensitivity to olmesartan than younger adults.
Other medicines - Although certain medicines should not be used
together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together
even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to
change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking
olmesartan it is especially important that your doctor and pharmacist know
if you are taking any of the following:
Diuretics (water pills) - Effects on blood pressure may be increased
Other medical problems - The presence of other medical
problems may affect the use of olmesartan. Make sure you tell your doctor
if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Congestive heart failure, severe - Lowering of blood pressure
by olmesartan may make this condition worse
Dehydration - Blood pressure-lowering effects of olmesartan may
Kidney disease or
Liver disease - Effects of olmesartan may be increased because
of slower removal of medicine from the body.