What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Benicar HCT if you have:
- Heart disease, including congestive heart failure
- Liver disease, including cirrhosis
- Kidney disease or kidney failure
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus or SLE for short)
- High cholesterol
- Fluid or electrolyte problems
- Any allergies, including allergies to other angiotensin II receptor blockers, sulfa drugs, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or trying to become pregnant (see Benicar HCT and Pregnancy)
- Are on dialysis
- Drink alcohol regularly
- Are breastfeeding.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you are currently taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Do not take any salt substitutes containing potassium or potassium supplements without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.
(Click Benicar HCT Precautions and Warnings for more information, including information on who should not take the drug.)
What If I Take an Overdose?People who take too much Benicar HCT may have overdose symptoms that can include an extremely low blood pressure or increased heart rate.
If you happen to take too much, seek immediate medical attention.
(Click Benicar HCT Overdose for more information.)