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BENICAR® and BENICAR HCT® have been proven to help lower blood pressure.

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Find out if BENICAR is right for you.

You've been diagnosed with high blood pressure. You may have tried diet and exercise, but are still having a tough time getting your blood pressure under control. Perhaps your doctor has suggested BENICAR or BENICAR HCT. But you're wondering: will BENICAR or BENICAR HCT work for me?

BENICAR and BENICAR HCT have been proven to help lower high blood pressure in clinical trials.

  • Although there was some level of variation in blood pressure response, the overall blood pressure lowering effect of BENICAR taken once a day was maintained throughout the 24-hour period.
  • Please note that individual results may vary. It is important to take your high blood pressure medicine as directed by your doctor. After starting medicine,
    please speak with your doctor if you have questions
    about your blood pressure numbers or the medicine itself.
  • Doctors have prescribed BENICAR and BENICAR HCT for over 10 years.
    Questions to ask your doctor

In clinical trials, BENICAR and BENICAR HCT were shown to start lowering blood pressure in as little as 7 days.

In clinical trials of 6 to 12 weeks long, BENICAR was studied in patients for the treatment of high blood pressure. The most common side effect in these trials that was more common in patients taking BENICAR versus patients taking a placebo (sugar pill) was dizziness.

BENICAR HCT was studied in an 8 week clinical trial for the treatment of high blood pressure. The most common side effects in this trial that were more common in patients taking BENICAR HCT versus patients taking a placebo (sugar pill) were dizziness, nausea, having high levels of uric acid in the blood, and upper respiratory tract infection.

In one year extensions of some of these clinical trials, the blood pressure lowering effect of BENICAR and BENICAR HCT was maintained in patients treated for up to 1 year. Talk to your doctor to see if BENICAR or BENICAR HCT may be right for you.

How BENICAR and BENICAR HCT are different.

BENICAR and BENICAR HCT both help lower pressure, but they are 2 different medicines.

BENICAR is 1 medicine, called olmesartan medoxomil, that can be used alone or with other drugs that treat high blood pressure.

BENICAR HCT has 2 different medicines (olmesartan medoxomil and hydrochlorothiazide) in 1 tablet. Taking both medicines has been shown to lower blood pressure more than taking either medicine alone. BENICAR HCT should not be used as the first medicine to treat high blood pressure.

Is 1 of these right for you? Only your doctor can tell you. To help you ask the questions that will make the decision clearer for you both, print out our Doctor Discussion Guide.

A program that goes beyond medicine.

Medicine is only part of an effective treatment plan. For steps you can take to help get your blood pressure under control, there’s the Right Fit Support Program. It offers helpful tips and tools, healthy recipes, advice from the Mayo Clinic, and a support line to help answer your questions about high blood pressure.

In addition, for eligible patients the Right Fit Support Program offers savings on BENICAR or BENICAR HCT prescription monthly co-pays (you may pay no more than $25), with a Savings That Last co-pay savings card.*

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Selected Important Safety Information:

Do not take BENICAR or BENICAR HCT during pregnancy. Before taking BENICAR or BENICAR HCT, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

BENICAR and BENICAR HCT may cause kidney problems, which may get worse in people with kidney disease. Talk to your doctor if you have kidney problems.

Because of the thiazide diuretic (water pill), an ingredient in BENICAR HCT, a serious side effect of BENICAR HCT may include changes in body salts (such as sodium and potassium) and fluids.

Some of your other medicines and Benicar and Benicar HCT could affect each other. This may cause serious side effects. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take.

If you are taking BENICAR HCT, do not drink alcohol. Your blood pressure may become too low if you drink alcohol.

BENICAR and BENICAR HCT may cause serious side effects, such as low blood pressure (hypotension), which may cause you to feel faint or dizzy.

The most common side effect of BENICAR and BENICAR HCT was dizziness. Other side effects of BENICAR HCT included upper respiratory tract infection, more uric acid in the blood, and nausea.

    Do not take BENICAR or BENICAR HCT if you:

  • Take a medicine that contains aliskiren and you have diabetes or kidney problems

    Do not take BENICAR HCT if you:

  • Have less urine than normal or if you cannot urinate
  • Are allergic to other sulfonamide type medicines
  • Have severe kidney disease
For important safety information, please see below.

INDICATIONS

BENICAR and BENICAR HCT are prescription medicines used to lower high blood pressure (hypertension). They may be used alone or with other medicines used to treat high blood pressure. BENICAR HCT is not for use as the first medicine to treat high blood pressure.

Important Safety Information for BENICAR® and BENICAR HCT®

WARNING: DO NOT TAKE BENICAR or BENICAR HCT DURING PREGNANCY

  • BENICAR and BENICAR HCT can cause harm or death to an unborn baby
  • Talk with your doctor about other ways to lower your blood pressure if you become pregnant
  • If you get pregnant while taking BENICAR or BENICAR HCT, tell your doctor immediately

Please see the WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS section of the Full Product Information about Fetal Toxicity.

Do not take BENICAR or BENICAR HCT if you:

  • Take medicine that contains aliskiren and you have diabetes or kidney problems

Do not take BENICAR HCT if you:

  • Have less urine than normal or if you cannot urinate
  • Are allergic to other sulfonamide type medicines
  • Have severe kidney disease

Children that are less than 1 year of age must not receive BENICAR for high blood pressure.

Before taking BENICAR or BENICAR HCT tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Also tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. A medicine in BENICAR HCT can pass into your breast milk. This may harm your baby. You and your doctor should decide if you will take BENICAR or BENICAR HCT or breast-feed. You should not do both.

Let your doctor know about any health conditions you may have
Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in BENICAR or BENICAR HCT (see Full Product Information for a list of the ingredients in BENICAR or BENICAR HCT as applicable). Also let your doctor know if you have any of the health conditions listed below:

Before you take these medicines: Let your doctor know if you have these, or any other, medical conditions:
BENICAR
  • Kidney problems
  • A lot of diarrhea or are vomiting
BENICAR HCT
  • Kidney or liver problems
  • Lupus
  • A lot of diarrhea or are vomiting
  • History of allergy or bronchial asthma

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take
Some of your other medicines and BENICAR or BENICAR HCT could affect each other. This may cause serious side effects.

These medicines may include prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements:

If you take BENICAR, tell your doctor if you also take:


  • Water pills (diuretics)
  • Other medicines for high blood pressure or a heart problem
  • Potassium supplements or a salt substitute that contains potassium
  • Pain or arthritis medicines, such as aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Welchol® (colesevelam hydrochloride)

If you take BENICAR HCT , tell your doctor if you also take:


  • Water pills (diuretics)
  • Other medicines for high blood pressure or a heart problem
  • Potassium supplements or a salt substitute that contains potassium
  • Pain or arthritis medicines, such as aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Welchol® (colesevelam hydrochloride)
  • Diabetes medicine, including insulin
  • Narcotic pain medicine
  • Sleeping pills and antiseizure medicines called barbiturates
  • Lithium for certain types of depression
  • Steroids
  • Cholesterol-lowering medicines

About alcohol and other drug interactions
If you are taking BENICAR HCT, do not drink alcohol. Your blood pressure may become too low if you drink alcohol.

Some of your other medicines and BENICAR or BENICAR HCT could affect each other. This may cause serious side effects. Take BENICAR or BENICAR HCT as prescribed by your doctor. Talk with your doctor before you stop taking BENICAR or BENICAR HCT.

Know about possible side effects of BENICAR and BENICAR HCT
Serious side effects may include injury or death to an unborn baby; low blood pressure (hypotension), which may cause you to feel faint or dizzy; and kidney problems, which may get worse in people with kidney disease. If you have kidney problems, you may need blood tests, and your doctor may need to lower your dose. Tell your doctor if you get swelling in your feet, ankles, or hands, or have unexplained weight gain. These may be signs of kidney problems. If you have heart failure, your doctor should also check your kidney function before prescribing these medicines. Tell your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms.

Serious side effects may also include severe, chronic diarrhea with considerable weight loss, which may develop months to years after starting BENICAR or BENICAR HCT. Tell your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms.

Additional side effects of BENICAR and BENICAR HCT
Because of the thiazide diuretic (water pill), an ingredient in BENICAR HCT, other serious side effects may include allergic reactions and changes in body salts (such as sodium and potassium) and fluids. Tell your doctor if you have these signs and symptoms: dry mouth, thirst, weakness, tiredness or sleepiness, restlessness, confusion, seizures, muscle pains or cramps, muscle tiredness, dizziness or fainting, having little or no urine output, fast heartbeat, or nausea and vomiting.

The thiazide diuretic in BENICAR HCT can also cause eye problems, which may lead to vision loss. Symptoms can happen within hours to weeks of starting BENICAR HCT. Tell your doctor if you have a decrease in vision or eye pain.

The most common side effect of BENICAR and BENICAR HCT was dizziness. Other side effects of BENICAR HCT included upper respiratory tract infections, more uric acid in the blood, and nausea.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. Not all the possible side effects of BENICAR or BENICAR HCT have been mentioned in the Important Safety Information. For more information, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

To report side effects, contact Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., at 1-877-437-7763 or the FDA at 1-800-332-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Please see Full Prescribing Information for BENICAR and BENICAR HCT, including Boxed WARNING regarding Fetal Toxicity.

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