Benicar is part of a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs). As the name implies, this medication blocks angiotensin II receptors. This action decreases the effectiveness of a chemical known as angiotensin II, which normally causes blood vessels to narrow (constrict). Because of this effect, Benicar causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure.
This medicine comes as a tablet that is typically taken once a day, with or without food. You can take Benicar at any time of the day; however, it should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your system.
Information your healthcare provider needs to know about when prescribing Benicar includes other medications you taking and any other medical conditions you may have. This will help ensure that you are taking an appropriate amount.
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Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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Benicar [package insert]. Parsippany, New Jersey: Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.;2013 July.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/.
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