Benicar HCT Interactions

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The following paragraphs explain in detail how certain medications may interact negatively with Benicar HCT.
 
Aliskiren
Combining Benicar HCT with aliskiren may increase the risk of dangerously low blood pressure (hypotension), fainting, kidney problems (including kidney failure), and dangerously high potassium levels in the blood (hyperkalemia). In general, such combinations are usually avoided. If it is necessary to take such medications together, very close monitoring will be required. Aliskiren and Benicar HCT should never be combined in people with diabetes, because they may have a higher risk for these complications. Also, this combination is not recommended for people with moderate to severe kidney problems.
 
ACE Inhibitors
Combining Benicar HCT with an ACE inhibitor may increase the risk of dangerously low blood pressure (hypotension), fainting, kidney problems (including kidney failure), and dangerously high potassium levels in the blood (hyperkalemia). In general, such combinations are usually avoided. If it is necessary to take such medications together, very close monitoring will be required.
 
Colesevelam
Colesevelam may decrease the absorption of Benicar HCT into the body, perhaps making it less effective. This interaction can be avoided by taking Benicar HCT at least four hours before colesevelam.
  
Diuretics
When taking Benicar HCT with a diuretic, your blood pressure may decrease too much. This is more likely to occur when Benicar HCT is first started. In order to decrease the chances of this happening, your healthcare provider may change the dose of either medicine, start you on a lower dose of Benicar HCT, and/or monitor you more closely.
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