As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Benicar®
medoxomil). However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate the drug quite well. If side effects do occur, in many cases, they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by you or a healthcare provider. Serious side effects can occur, but are less common.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Benicar. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Benicar side effects with you.)
Common Side Effects of Benicar
Extensive clinical trials have evaluated thousands of people worldwide who were taking Benicar. In these studies, side effects are always documented and compared to side effects that occurred in a similar group of people not taking the medicine. Based on these studies, the most common Benicar side effect was dizziness, occurring in up to 3 percent of people. The studies also showed that dizziness occurred more often in those who took Benicar compared to those who did not. No other side effects were reported in more than 1 percent of people taking Benicar.
Serious Benicar Side Effects
Some Benicar side effects should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
- Unexplained skin rash
- Severe, chronic diarrhea (which may even be severe enough to cause substantial weight loss)
- Unexplained swelling of the head or neck (including the face, lips, tongue, or throat)
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting spells
- Decrease in the amount of urine produced.