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Average Rating: 2.4 (245 Ratings)

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 1  hypertension Over 6 years weight gain off 100 lbs. Short of breath. Dizzness. Stomach pain and diarrhea. In 6 year 5 ER visits. Severe pain. Put on oxy to manage pain. Diagnosed with villi atrophy, celiac, ulcer colitis. Drs didn't know what caused abdominal pain.. performed surgery and removed gallbladder and appendix. Still having abdominal pain 2 weeks after surgery my med was changed to Norvasc. 3 weeks later major improvement. Not on any other meds. Still have ulcer colitis and I am on a gluten free diet. Any abdominal pain stop taking Benicar M 54 6 years
10mg 1X D
7/23/2014

 3  High Blood pressure Moderate muscle and joint pain. My hands are increasingly staying numb and swelling with joint pain. Hair feels life straw and thinning. Kidney pain, decreased urine output. Fatigue depression F 50 5 days
20 MG day
7/19/2014
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 1  High Blood Pressure Joint and muscular aches and pains. Feel a lot of fatigue. Weight gain, hair loss. Feel like there is no life. Depressed. M 50 4 years
30 1X D
7/6/2014

 1  High Blood Pressure Major Fatigue/ took my life away for 90 days/back on lisinopril 10mgs x 2 day fell great again--BP 120/76. M 65 90 days
20mg 2X D
6/7/2014

 2   Has anyone got their life back after taking Benicar? How long did it take? F 47 3 years
40mg 1X D
5/26/2014
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 1  hb pressure this drug is poison. i think it should be recalled. I really thought the last few weeks i had the flu, its not flu season plus too many other symptoms, insomnia, diarrea, severe stomach pain, joint pain, fatique, and much more...awful F 63 1 years
40/25
4/28/2014

 1  Hypertension Fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, body aches, swelling of hands and feet, cough/clearing throat, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, thoughts of suicide, jittery wired feeling. Started at 20 mg, so fatigued I couldn't do anything. Dr dropped me down to 10mg. Did that for a few months. All the time complaining of fatigue. Then weird symptoms started cropping up. Dizziness, shortness of breath, body aches, ears ringing, vision changes, sleeplessness. anxiety, depression, panic attacks, feeling like my life was not worth living. Some of those symptoms were attributed to a sudden onset of GERD. A month ago, my dr told me to start taking 40 mg. Within 4 days I was so sick I thought I was going to die. So dizzy I was listing when I walked. I refused to take it anymore and he gave me Losartan instead. My bp is okay and I'm feeling somewhat better but wonder if I will ever feel right again. One year ago I was walking every day and swimming 4 days a week. Now just the walk wipes me out. This poison has ruined my life. F 51 1 years
10 to 40mg 1X D
4/23/2014
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 1  High BP Head aches,heavy eyes and red ness, dry mouth, knee pain, shortness of breath and no energy,use to run in the morning and now can 't even climb out of my bed. terrible M 52 2 months
1X D
4/10/2014
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 1  blood pressure The first day after taking the pill, I was not able to go to work the next day, could not get up from bed, feeling weak and trembling, called my doctor she said cut pill in half, I took my blood pressure and it was so low to the point of danger, I took the half the next day missed work that they, then back to work when all the symptoms of a stroke began was in the hospital 3 days. Don't take this medication even if you are not having this side effect, it could have killed me or left me disable, I was lucky that I have a good heart. M 57 2 days
20
4/7/2014
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 3  High blood pressure This drug stole 8 years of my life. Yes, it did keep my blood pressure under control. Side effects began to slowly creep up on me and made it difficult to figure out what was happening. I experienced bouts of low blood sugar, depression, severe light headedness, tired all the time and a ton of other small things. These symptoms came on very slowly and I had a hard time figuring out why. After my new doctors said "just stop taking it and see how you feel" I began to realize that it was the Benicar that had been causing all of my health issues. Sad to think that I felt ill for all that time due to this horrible drug. M 50 8 years
20 MG 1X D
4/6/2014
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 2  Hop Weight gain of 12 lbs. although eating less. Hair is noticibly breaking off and thinning out, the texture changed from thick to wispy! Anxiety, tiredness, depression, not sleeping as well as I get to sleep easily but don't stay asleep. Not a wonder drug! My doctor gave me no other options of drugs to try, and blew off my symptoms. F 66 6 months
20 mg 1X D
4/3/2014

 1  blood pressure blurd vision mussel pain loss of site by hal ,bad headache .. then a stroke!!!! very unsafe don't take it M 52 2 months
20 1X D
4/1/2014
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 1  High BP First two weeks were ok BP went down then started having pain in legs knees and feet had tingling burning feeling also fingers tingle always tired no energy right eye began to twitch noticed when brushing teeth gums began to bleed called doctor he said give it a chance I decided to go against his recommendations and quit benicar within 10 days all symptoms have gone away M 50 3 months
20
3/3/2014

 1  HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE ANGIOEDEMA M 71 8 years
20 MG
2/10/2014

 1  High blood pressure I have gained 12 pounds in 1 month from taking Benicar, but my BP has lowered from 180 to 127. Also, it has given me a slight cough. So what is worse, high BP or weight gain, which causes high BP! Also, Benicar HCT is very expensive. This is the 4th BP med I've tried, all with unacceptable side effects! M 75 1 months
12.5 mg
1/21/2014

 5  HBP urination, decreased swelling and water retention Took Lisinopril but that produced dry cough, painful calf muscles while sleeping. Benicar has none of those side effects, and helps me decrease water retention. F 51 11 months
20 1X D
11/7/2013
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 2  High Blood pressure Gained about 40 lbs which is proving very difficult to lose. My hair has gradually become noticeably thinner. I was diagnosed hypertensive in my teens and have yet to find a med that will work for me after trying dozens (untreated, my bp was up to 250/150 a few years ago when I decided not to take anything for a couple of months). Benicar brings my bp down to around 200/100 on average. I recently began cutting my 20 mg in half, and my blood pressure is about the same. F 39 6 years
20 mg 1X D
7/11/2013
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 1  Blood pressure Neck pain, swelling of lower legs and feet, major muscle weakness which came on all of a sudden - will call doctor about another med. Took Ramipral for a while which caused leg cramps. I can't even left my legs or arms without severe pain. Not a good feeling! F 52 10 days
20 mg 1X D
7/7/2013

 2  High blood pressure Yes- it's only been 2 days but I have such low blood sugar I am unable to function. Very scary. Will discontinue. F 67 2 days
20 mg
4/16/2013
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 1  Blood pressure The pain in my arm is so severe. This is wearing me down. I don't know what to do. If I go to the ER it will cost a fortune. I need the pain to go away now. F 41 1 months
10 to 5 mg
3/28/2013
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 1  High Blood Pressure Doctor finally took me off the Benicar since I had been complaining about Shoulder, Back, Knee and ankle pain as well as weekness in my leg muscles and tingling, and a complete feeling of being tired and fatigued all the time. This had been going on for some time and could not figure out what was causing all the symptons, almost got to the point I could not get out of the house or even walk through a store without being in severe pain and short of breath. Finally stopped taking it for three days and most of my symptoms started to deminish. Doctor finally admitted that I was suffering from what he called Serum Ilness or alergic reaction to the medication. Tried taking Micardis 40mg which I had been on previously but same symptons returned after one dose of it. Will have to find another med. other than a ARB II receptor blocker! Very sensitive to many drugs, also taking Norvasc and Coreg which do not seem to cause the same side affects other than being tired and loss of sex drive. Would not recommend this drug to anyone who starts to have the reactions I did and see their doctor. You have to be insistant when talking to your doctor and know a little information about drugs. I am glad I found this web site it has been almost a life saver for me! One more comment, had to stop taking Crestor about a year ago for the same side effects and tried other statins with the same results. Now I take COQ10 and Krill oil to help keep my cholesterol under control. M 64 2 years
40 MG 1X D
3/10/2013
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 1  Blood pressure Dizziness,tiredness,loss of strength,angery,sad,foggybrain,can't concentrate .I have been taking this for two days ,and i feel worse now than ever M 37 2 days
20
2/22/2013
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 2  high bloid pressure I feel bad all the time..sleepy ..I feel like I am out of it sometimes.and vision. Is blurry .starting to have pain in legs..most of all my mouth feel like i have been sucking cotton balls..the tiredness has gotton worse by the day..I don't know I thought it was gonna help me not make me feel worse F 35 8 days
20mg
1/16/2013

 1  hbp Took 2:weeks loosing hair n gained 10lbs in 2 weeks I've stopped taking it niw M 40 2 weeks
40
12/12/2012

 1  md & hosp ordered this before I lef I already had shortness of breath, but this drug made it so much worse! I also became anxious, had panic attacks! I was afraid to do anything by myself! Luckily my daughter who is an RN, figured this out for me and I stopped taking it! F 77 21 days
10 1X D
12/7/2012
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 1  high blood pressure Within 3 mos having shortness of breath, swollen legs, face, hands, within 6 mos blurred vision and a pressure in the back of my head. I have had mri's, ct scans, blood work, all kinds of tests and many dollars spent only to realize the only place my doctor was not looking would be the side affects of this medication. I need to go back to the doctor and try another medication. I worry now my bladder,kidney infections over the last 6 mos are due to this medication. F 48 12 months
20mg 1X D
11/6/2012
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 4  essential hypertension none I take this in combination with 25 mg hydrochlorothizide for hypertension. After trying other ARBs, ACE inhibitors, beta blockers and calcium channel blockers for several years, only this one seems to be an effective remedy to lower my pressures to acceptable levels. Be patient and talk with your doctor. Try them all until you find balance between efficacy and side effects. M 30 8 months
20 mg 1X D
11/2/2012
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 1  Blood pressure Disconnected, brain fog, muscle cramps, very shaky Couldn't stop feeling the need to shake my leg, extremely shaky M 30 2 days
20 mg 1X D
10/24/2012
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 3  Hypertension - I am feeling drowsy or fatigued on a daily basis. - I struggle with weight gain. Iíve been able to maintain weight by drastically changing my diet. Also, I feel the weight issues are a result from being more lethargic. - I noticed that my calves/ankles are bit bloated. - I cough or have to clear my throat on a frequent basis, to the annoyance of my wife. In my opinion, Benicar is still one of the best HBP meds on the market. I find that Benicar had fewer side effects than my previous script - Enalapril. My doctor also takes Benicar. Iíll take this medication until something better comes along. M 46 5 years
20 MG 1X D
10/19/2012

 5  high blood pressure none works well, no side effects that I know of. F 60 5 years
20 mg 1X D
10/18/2012

 1  High Blood Pressure Brain fog, ringing ears, strange muscle sensations and horrible, horrible muscle cramps in feet and legs. Strange sensations in my nose, felt like someone was pulling on the end of it. The leg cramps were the worse. That and feeling kind of mentally disconnected. This stuff is poison. We're supposed to take it to protect our bodies from high blood pressure, but it seems like the cure is worse than the disease. Most high blood pressure is caused by poor diet and lack of exercise anyway. I'm taking this as a wake up call, and I will start taking care of my body the way I know I'm supposed to. F 46 4 days
40 mg 1X D
10/15/2012
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 2  High Blood Pressure Starting taking this drug and within weeks BP was under control. I had no idea that the nausea, diarrhea, muscle cramps, joint pains, anxiety, weight gain, vision, coughing, sleeplessness, lightheadedness are all side effects of this drug. I would stand up from a sitting position and would pass out in some of the most embarrassing places (yes even off the toilet). My doctor took me off this drug about a week ago because I just could not stand the coughing, congestion and the lightheadedness any more. My doctor thinks that perhaps my BP was dropping to low accounting for the lightheadedness but none of the other symptoms and that the drug would take about 3 or 4 weeks to get out of my system. Being off this drug makes me feel very tired, not that I had a lot on energy on it, and I feel very jittery and full of doom and gloom. I don't know what is worse, being on this drug or being off it. Perhaps this is a withdrawl symptom. I hate how I feel, I NEED HELP! Once this drug is out of my system, I am never taking this again! F 52 5 years
20 MG 1X D
9/13/2012
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 1   Caused pains in my arms and legs. M 69 14 days
20 mg 1X D
8/1/2012

 1  High Blood Pressure Ringing In Ears. Dizzy. Sinus and Ear Congestion. Blurred Vision. Arm and Leg Stiffness. I had high hopes this BP Med would work for me because I have only recently needed BP Med. I am 63 yrs. old with only a few health issues. Benicar's side effects are impossible to tolerate. There has to be a BP Med with few side effects. F 63 90 days
20 MG 1X D
7/6/2012
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 2  high blood pressure Weight gain. Pain in arms and legs. Mild cough. At first I didnt think I had any side effects and didnt associate the above until I wondered about my weight gain which I never had a problem with before. Saw this sight and I am getting off this stuff asap. F 50 1 years
20 mg/12.5
6/20/2012

 1  HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE OMG...so many side effects! Where to start. I had been wondering if all the problems I was having were related to Benicar..so I would stop for a few days and they symptoms would go away..then start again and all my aches and pains and issues would come back. Then I finally said NO MORE. I had such severe right hip and right leg pain down the side from the hip..not anymore since stopping. I had flank pain so bad. Not anymore. I had tingling in my hands and fingers all the time. Not anymore. I had SEVER lower back pain too. Not anymore. I had heart palpitations all the time. Not anymore. I had blurry vision that started and that was the time I said NO MORE! After reading and seeing others had this happen to them as well..NO MORE. DID YOU GUYS KNOW THAT BENICAR HAS NO GENERIC FORM COZ IT HAS NOT BEEN OUT LONG ENOUGH? AND...the cost of this drug..this poison..too much. Started taking it like 5 to 6 years ago at a cost of 70 bucks for 30 pills. Now it is up to 150 to 170 depending where I w THIS MEDICINE IS NOT SAFE AND SHOULD BE PULLED. IT IS ALL ABOUT MONEY, NOT THE SAFETY OF THOSE WHO TAKE THIS MED! END OF DISCUSSION! F 53 5 years
40MG 1X D
6/18/2012
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 3  High blood pressure I thought all was good. My BP was at a good level, but I have pain that I now realize is from this pill. My legs are in so much pain, I thought I was loosing my ability to stretch my leg muscles, but now they are so full of pain at times I can not lift them to walk up steps. I stand all day at work so this is not going to work for me. I also have sharp pains in my head. Left side of my face, neck and shoulder numbness . At times they are so numb that I think I am going to have a stroke or heart attack . I can not believe that all the things that I have been complaining about are side affects that I see other people are writing about, what I am feeling is not worth staying on this pill. I hope I can find a new med with less side affects and I hope I can restore my body to how it felt before I started this pill I also have hands that fall asleep every night and are sore for along time after. It angers me that so many people have real pain & side affects from this pill yet they still hand it out, it was a sign when my insurance wouldn't cover it. F 49 2 years
40mg
6/5/2012

 3  blood pressure M 40 10 days
40/25mg
5/31/2012

 1  High Blood Pressure Cough cough cough ... at first I was taking Lisinopril ... that started the coughing ... I absolutely could not live with it ... I was so tired because I coughed and went potty all night long ... my poor husband was trying to be kind, but it was starting to bother him as well. He said to me "you cannot suffer like this any more, call your doctor and ask him for a different medication"! So I did, and he put me on Benicar ... big mistake, the cough was even worst ... and my legs hurt as well ... I was on the Benicar for approximately seven days ... I could not take it ... I felt awful ... depressed, sad, coughing/flim in my throat all the time ... called my doctor again, and said, "I'm sorry to be such a pain ... but I absolutely refuse to take this poison another day ..." (Incidentally, I was also taking a beta blocker -- proponapol (sp?) -- I have no side-effects from that medication at all and when he put me on the Benicar, we cut the proponapol in half ... whe Seemingly a dangerous drug. F 60 7 days
20 mg 1X D
5/10/2012
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 2  High Blood Pressure This drug worked fine for 5 years and now I have nothing but problems. It doesn't control my blood pressure most of the time. I wake up at night and blood is racing through my heart and my head is pounding. It feels like the medicine is not working. I take it in the morning and by 4 o'clock it has stopped working. It seems like they have changed the formula for this drug. It used to be so good and now it doesn't work at all. M 68 6 years
25 MG 1X D
5/7/2012
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 1  HBP i took benicar for two days... 8 hours after the first dose i started to get really bad headaches and excruciating neck pain... by day two i almost called 911 i had severe headache, neck pain, numbness throughout my entire body, really bad chest pain and dizziness upon standing... i haven't taken the medication in two days and i'm still feeling all the side effects... do not take this medication, i felt like i was going to have a CVA or a TIA. M 22 2 days
20 mg 1X D
5/6/2012
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 5  High Blood Pressure I've been taking Benicar for @ 5 yrs without any side effects. If I had any initially they were short lived. In addition to lowering my blood pressure, since I've been on Benicar I can't believe that I'M NEVER ILL. Before starting Benicar I had at least one or two bad colds/yr., and was prone to 'flu bugs.' Last Xmas when the entire family ( all 12) had a stomach bug, I didn't. The only thing I have noticed is that if/when I take any Vit D supplements- I feel badly. Evidently, Benicar has immune system protection, so, since I'm never ill I don't even try to take Vit D supplements any more. Google Vit D and Benicar to find more on Benicar & Vit D. F 67 5 years
20 mg 1X D
4/26/2012

 1  For high blood pressure Dizziness, headache, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, muscle ache and left side numbness. I will not suggest anyone to use this med if they are young this med will kill you. Pls go on a diet of no sodium, no fat, no sugar to lower your HBP and don't take this med. It will kill you. I was very close of to have a stroke with this med. F 31 1 months
20 mg/12.5
4/22/2012

 2  High blood presure Lowered pressure but causing body aches. Knee hurts so much im limping F 57 3 months
20 mg
4/17/2012
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 1  High BP Was only able to tolerate this med for two days. Unbelieably fatigue that started after first dose, entire body ached and this med inflamed pre-existing conditions. I've never hurt like this in my life. Extreme joint pain, muscle aches and burn, blurry vision and both hands and feet sting/burn like I'm standing on a million tiny needles. Severe mood swings to rage and anger. I can say for certain that this med lowered my blood pressure but the side effects are not worth it. I guess I'm hyper-sensative to Benicar and am throwing the rest in the trash. M 48 2 days
20mg
2/10/2012

 3  high blood pressure Developed daily constant heart palpitations that I haven't been able to get rid of. I took plain Benicar for a while when my family doctor changed me to Benicar HCT. I took the Benicar HCT for sometime when one day out of nowhere I developed severe palpitations which continued everyday. My family doctor then switch me back to plain Benicar and palpitations stopped. After 2 or 3 weeks of no palpitations with my doctor's approval I switched back to Benicar HCT because it gave me great blood pressure readings. This was the worst mistake of my life! The palpitations came back and I can't get rid of them even after switching back to the plain Benicar. I've had them many everyday for 5 months. My family doctor said to keep taking plain Benicar but I wonder if the plain Benicar is causing them as well. I've gone to a Cardiologist and had several test done and more test to come. I'm scared of the outcome and wonder if either plain Benicar or Benicar HCT is to blame. Any suggestions are welcome. F 50 3 years
40 mg. 1X D
2/6/2012
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 1  Blood Presure Water retention in legs, leg cramps, and weight gain of 50+lbs Trying to find another blood pressure medication that does not have the above side effects. My sister in law also had to be taken off of Benicar due to side effects. F 55 2 years
20 MG 1X D
2/1/2012

 5  High Blood Pressure Works great. No side effects other than an occasional bad dream. M 49 1 years
20mg 1X D
1/2/2012

 1  HBP Gradual increased hair loss F 33 4 years
20mg
12/17/2011
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 5  Hypertension None. Lowered BP after just a couple of days. Have used it in 2-3 month cycles several times - on for a couple months, off for a couple months. Never hide side effects and BP was always lower within a few days of starting a cycle. M 40 6 months
20-12.5 MG 1X D
12/12/2011

 5  High Blood Pressure Works Great M 68 900 days
20 1X D
12/2/2011

 5  High Blood Pressure Works great. No side effects other than the vivid dreams. M 49 300 days
20 1X D
11/21/2011

 1  Hypertension Got very sick after just 6 doses. Pressure dropped very low 83/90, body was trembling uncontrollably, developed a fever and cough, pain behind my eyes, blurred vision. I was perfectly fine before this poison! It has been 4 days since I'm off the medicine and I'm still trying to recover. Headaches every day. Still have the cough, blurred vision. F 43 6 days
10mg 1X D
11/18/2011

 1  hypertension loss of concentration, headaches and neck pain on right side, right eye constantly twitching, anxiety and depression because of side effects lowered bp from 140/90 to 125/85 but caused bad side effects, not worth taking because of concentration problems, M 46 9 months
20 1X D
11/9/2011
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 1  elevated bp Lethargic, shortness of breath, tired, no motivation to do anything,weak, no stamina. All started after taking Benicar for one week. M 54 18 days
20 1X D
11/3/2011

 5  High Blood Pressure Dizziness when I first started taking it-2 weeks. After that, no side effects at all. This medicine has been very helpful in controlling my High BP with no side effects after my body adjusted to it. No problems at all! F 52 3 years
20 1X D
10/9/2011
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 1  high blood pressure fatigue, depression, anxiety that lasts for about 2 hours after taking it. no desire to do anything and i am normally a very active person. no history of depression, but with this medication i want to jump out of my skin. i feel like it is poison. lowers my blood pressure, but not worth the severe side effects. F 45 3 months
40 1X D
10/8/2011
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 1  High Blood Pressure Tiredness, Uncontrollable cough with lots of mucous. Legs felt heavy. Very sick until I stopped taking it. It did manage my blood pressure but side effects were awful. I plan to ask my Dr. to give me something else. What ?I do not know because they all have some type of side affect. F 55
40mg 1X D
9/24/2011

 5  High blood pressure None Finding the right blood pressure medicine can be extremely frustrating. This one works for me with no noticeable side effects. I am a very active person and this doesn't slow me down at all. M 48 4 years
40mg 1X D
8/17/2011

 1  high blood pressure This medicine alomst killed me. I was fine for 2 wks on 20 mg, then increased to 40 mg..had numbness of the face, neck, ear, scalp, arm, back and leg all on the right side. I felt detached, not living on planet earth. I also had vertigo and buzzing in my ears. Doctors thought I had a mini stroke or a blockage in my brain stem. Stopped taking Benicar but it took 6 weeks for symptoms to leave. Still have buzzing in the ears b/c blood pressure is not being treated. I am afraid to take another blood pressure med after what I went through. It has cost thousands of dollars to finally pin this on Benicar. This med almost put me into retirement from teaching after 32 years. If you start to have any symptoms at all stop this medicine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I also had cat scans that came back normal. Only after stopping this medicine did I start to get better. Poison!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! F 58 45 days
40 mg 1X D
8/16/2011
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