Starting a new blood pressure medicine—or any medicine you have to take regularly—is not always easy. It may take getting used to, but you can do it. Remember: when you start your blood pressure medicine and stay on treatment, you can help close in on your blood pressure goal.
BENICAR or BENICAR HCT works best when you take it correctly from the time you start your treatment. Take BENICAR or BENICAR HCT:
Not taking your medicine may cause your blood pressure to rise. Do not cut back on or stop taking BENICAR or BENICAR HCT without first talking to your doctor.
Remember: There is no generic form of BENICAR or BENICAR HCT. Ask your pharmacist to fill your prescription with the brand your doctor prescribed.
Most doctors prescribe the lowest starting dose of BENICAR or BENICAR HCT to their patients. Then, if that doesn’t lower blood pressure enough, they may raise the dose. Your doctor will decide the dose that’s right for you.
Missing a dose of your medicine is easy when your day is so busy. To help you stay on track with your medicine, try these tips:
|Take your pill as directed by your doctor at the same time as other daily habits.|
|Use a pillbox with divided sections for each day of the week to help you keep track.|
|Put a pen and small calendar near your medicine and mark off each day after you take your dose.|
|Place a sticker or reminder note on your refrigerator.|
|When you are away from home, carry a supply of your pills. This helps keep you from missing a dose.|
See the results of your efforts as you start taking BENICAR or BENICAR HCT. Keep track of your blood pressure with this blood pressure tracker (PDF) provided by the Right Fit Blood Pressure Program.