Brand Names : Benicar
Precautions While Using This Medicine
is important that your doctor checks your progress at regular visits to make
sure that this medicine is working properly and to check for unwanted effects.
Check with your doctor immediately if you think that
you may be pregnant
. Olmesartan may cause birth defects or other problems
in the baby if taken during pregnancy.
Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed
with your doctor
. This especially includes over-the-counter (nonprescription)
medicines for appetite control, asthma, colds, cough, hay fever, or sinus
problems, since they may tend to increase your blood pressure.
Dizziness or lightheadedness may occur after the first dose of this medicine,
especially if you have been taking a diuretic (water pill). Make sure you
know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do
anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy.
Check with your doctor right away if you become sick while taking this
medicine, especially with severe or continuing nausea and vomiting or diarrhea.
These conditions may cause you to lose too much water and lead to low blood
Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting may also occur if you exercise
or if the weather is hot. Heavy sweating can cause loss of too much water
and result in low blood pressure. Use extra care during exercise or hot weather.
Avoid alcoholic beverages until you have discussed
their use with your doctor
. Alcohol may make the low blood pressure
effect worse and/or increase the possibility of dizziness or fainting.