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Benicar - Overview
Benicar is a medication used in the treatment of hypertension is some people. People who might need a Benicar medication prescription or refill can use Push Health to connect with a local medical provider who can prescribe Benicar medication, including generic Benicar HCT 20 mg and 40 mg, when appropriate to do so.
What Is Benicar?
Benicar, containing the active ingredient olmesartan medoxomil, belongs to a class of medications known as angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) - similar to candesartan (Atacand), irbesartan (Avapro), losartan (Cozaar), telmisartan (Micardis) and valsartan (Diovan). As this type of medication Benicar targets angiotensin converting enzyme and the metabolic processes involved with the production of angiotensin II from angiotensin I. Specifically, Benicar binds the AT1 receptor (far greater than the AT2 receptor) in vascular smooth muscle from binding angiotensin II which reduces its ability to cause vasoconstriction. Benicar may also target bradykinin and specifically how it breaks down in the body. Utilizing these mechanisms of action, Benicar is used in the treatment of high blood pressure in conjunction with other medications or by itself.
Benicar - Coupon and Dosage
Benicar coupons can sometimes be found through the manufacturer or online. Some insurance plans may also cover costs associated with a Benicar medication prescription. This is helpful for people paying out of pocket as branded Benicar is an expensive medication, costing $10 or more per Benicar 40 mg tablet at many pharmacies in the United States. Benicar medication is available as Benicar 5 mg tablets, Benicar 20 mg tablets and Benicar 40 mg tablets. The typical starting dose in adults is Benicar 20 mg once daily although that dosing can be adjusted based on the health needs of the patient and the judgement of the prescribing medical provider. After oral administration, the active drug in Benicar is found highly bound to proteins in the plasma. The active metabolites of Benicar are excreted in the urine and the feces with an elimination half-life of under 14 hours in many healthy people.
Can I Buy Benicar Online?
Benicar OTC is not available and one cannot just buy Benicar online in the United States as Benicar is a prescription medication. The first step to getting Benicar HCT medication is consulting a licensed medical provider. People who need a Benicar medication prescription, including generic Benicar 20 mg and Benicar 40 mg, can use Push Health to consult a medical provider who can prescribe Benicar when appropriate to do so.
Benicar - Side Effects
Before using Benicar, it is necessary to discuss possible side effects with a pharmacist and medical provider. Side effects that can result from Benicar use include dizziness, low blood pressure and kidney damage. Benicar should be avoided during pregnancy or suspected pregnancy and by women trying to get pregnant. Patients taking Benicar tablets should be watched for hypotension or low salt levels. Benicar and alcohol should not be used at the same time. People with a hypersensitivity or allergy to Benicar or components of the formulation should not use the medication.
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Last updated May 14, 2021. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.