Effects of Benicar HCTA blood pressure reading consists of two numbers -- for example, 120/80. The top number is known as the systolic blood pressure, and the bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure. During clinical studies in people taking Benicar HCT 40 mg/25 mg, systolic blood pressure decreased by 24 mmHg (millimeters of mercury), on average, and diastolic blood pressure decreased by 14 mmHg, on average. Lower doses resulted in a smaller drop in blood pressure.
By lowering blood pressure, Benicar HCT can decrease the risk of developing health problems, such as a heart attack or stroke, that are often caused by long-term high blood pressure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure).
When and How Do I Take It?Some general considerations for when and how to take Benicar HCT include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form. It is taken once a day.
- Benicar HCT may be taken with or without food.
- Benicar HCT should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Benicar HCT will not work if you stop taking it.
Dosing InformationThe dose of Benicar HCT your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking
- How you respond to the drug.
As with any medication, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Benicar HCT Dosage for more information.)