Tensions and worries are the major concern seen in day to day life. Around 80% of the world population is suffering from the problem of blood pressure related issues particularly hypertension. Hypertension is actually a medical issue in which blood pressure in the arteries is increased. Long-term hypertension can cause serious disorders such as coronary artery disease, heart failure, and stroke and kidney failure. About 90% of the cases of hypertension are due to unhealthy lifestyle including smoking habits and junk food. Genetic factors are also responsible for the blood pressure related problems. Blood pressure problems are very much common and these need to be corrected as soon as possible. The best way to cure this problem is by the use of medication. Benicar has been proved to be an effective and remedial measure for the treatment of hypertension problem. Benicar acts by lowering the blood pressure and improves the blood flow.
What is Benicar HCT
Benicar HCT with an active ingredient Olmesartan medoxomil is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). It is an angiotensin receptor blocker that prevents stroke, heart attack and kidney problem. This medication works by relaxing the blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily.
How Benicar HCT Works
Benicar with an active ingredient Olmesartan medoxomil is an ARB that selectively inhibits the binding of angiotensin II to AT1, which is found in many tissues such as vascular smooth muscle and the adrenal glands. This effectively inhibits the AT1-mediated vasoconstrictive and aldosterone-secreting effects of angiotensin II and results in a decrease in vascular resistance and blood pressure. Olmesartan is selective for AT1 and has 12,500 times greater affinity for AT1 than the AT2 receptor.
Doses of Benicar HCT
Benicar HCT or Generic Olmesartan Medoxomil is available in 2 strength:
- Benicar 20mg
- Benicar 40mg
Benicar is available as 20mg tablet dosage form which needs to be taken orally once a day. For patients requiring further reduction in the blood pressure, the dose may be increased to Benicar 40mg after 2 weeks treatment. The medication can be taken with or without food. In case blood pressure is not controlled, a diuretic can be given along with the medication. However, some side effects are likely to occur while using Benicar 20mg such as headache, nausea, vomiting, back pain, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping and increased urination.
There are some precautionary measures which need to be kept in mind while using Benicar such as; avoid the use of this medication in case of hypersensitivity to the active ingredient Olmesartan; do not use this medication in case of severe kidney disease, liver disease, and other major problems; avoid use of this medication in case of dehydration; this medication can make you dizzy, so avoid any work that requires your alertness; Not recommended to be used by pregnant and breast feeding women; Avoid use of herbal and dietary supplements while using this medication.