Average Rating: 2.3 (321 Ratings)

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 1  Blood pressure Severe abdominal cramps in lower left side. Painful gas & constipation. F 53 2 weeks
20 mg 1X D
 1  hypertension I feel like I have a hangover. All day! Headaches, tired, weak, just feel awful! M 63 26 days
20mg 1X D
 3  High Blood Pressure Overall better than other BP meds, but now I'm starting to develop stomach and GI tract issues. My BP is okay on benicar. I need advice...has anyone else developed GI issues after taking benicar? I have had symptoms that actually made me go to the emergency room one day. Burning cramping in left abdomen, stomach indigestion and acid reflux, constipation. They took a CT scan of abdomen and everything was normal. I had stool in my colon so they prescribed a laxative. Did a video visit with my PCP he's sending me for a colonoscopy and endoscopy. I asked if it could be meds, but he didn't want to change my meds until I had the tests first. I scheduled test and will see the gastroenterologist next week. Tests aren't scheduled until November. I'm sure the gastroenterologist will know about the stomach side effects of benicar. There is a black box warning on the drug from what I understand. I don't want to just go off of it, my BP will shot up like a rocket. Should I try to contact my PCP? I'm at a loss. F 59 2 years
30 mg dail 1X D
 3  Hypertension Physician started me on Benicar 20/12.5 HTZ for my Blood pressure of 189/101. The medication worked great at lowering my Blood pressure to 120/74. But the side effects are unbearable, left arm numbness,ringing in the ear, leg cramps,shortness of breath! I stopped taking it and my symptoms went away in a few days, I was prescribed Losartan 50 mg. F 47 30 days
20/12.5 mg 1X D
 1  High b.p Loss of ability to walk without pain in lower back hips sciatica both legs, aches/pains in all muscles.needed steroid injections both sides of spin didn't work, then b.p dropped dangerously. sick, been off this drug for 7mths but still so unwell...damage done. I'm so angry for putting my trust in doctors & drug companies...all just a money incentive for them! Puke that's my life now. Can't we sue drug company or doctor????? F 67 24 months
20 1X D
 2  Hypertension Legs hurt at nite nausea fast heart rate in the 100's at rest difficulty sleeping anxious F 79 7 days
20mg 1X D
 1  Malignant bp Been ill for 2 years! Severe body pain, BP plummets suddenly, constipation, headache severe insomnia, major fatigue, weakness is miserable. Dr. wants me to continue taking it!!! F 86 2 days
5 mg
 1  Malignant bp Been ill for 2 years! Severe body pain, BP plummets suddenly, constipation, headache severe insomnia, major fatigue, weakness is miserable. Dr. wants me to continue taking it!!! F 86 2 days
5 mg
 1  High BP This drug did not lower my BP much yet caused numerous side effects. When my doctor told me it is ok to take an afternoon nap if you are tired and after time, the fatigue will go away. Not true. I could not walk without getting dizzy and running out of breath. That is not a normal quality of life. F 45 30 days
 1  Lower blood pressure Weakness. Lightheadedness Chest pain. Upper back pain F 69 4 days
 2  High bp Feeling more anxious and lightheaded. F 59 14 days
 1  Hypertension Muscle aches all over body, fatigue, limbs feel heavy, physical stamina terribly reduced. Doc switched me to olmesartan when losartan seemed to lose some of its effectiveness. Within a few days my whole body started to ache like I had been roughed up with a baseball bat. I'm a bicyclist and until a couple weeks ago could easily ride 40 to 50 miles and feel great. After a week on olmesartan I took a 17-mile ride and barely made it home. My physical stamina was gone. I had promised myself I'd give this drug 2 weeks. I did the 2 weeks but I will never take it again. The BP reduction was no better than losartan (which never gave me side effects) so I've gone back to good old losartan until my doc has another idea. I've been off olmesartan for 2 days and the side effects are not gone. I will keep exercising as much as I can and hope to be done with this debacle soon. M 53 14 days
40 1X D
 1  Regulate BP Legs began to fail to respond. Muscle spasms started. Ability to walk deteriorated drastically to point housebound and could no longer sleep in bed - had to try to sleep in power chair. Back pain began and pain in knee injured several months previously unbearable. Sleep deprived at this point. Difficulty walkung, severe back and left hip pain. No energy. Less ambition. Feet began to swell and at present arw strutted along with legs about halfway to knees. This stuff is deadly. Have been off for almost two months. Some symptoms seem to be lessening, very slightly. Live alone a d life has been a d still is very difficult a d painful. Uncertainty as to potential side effects life span makes my dauly life a bit depressing. Should be taken off market before it permanent maimes someone - perhaps it will be me. F 82 5 months
20 mg
 3  high BP Lowered pressure but feel tired, muscle aches, insomnia, jittery, bloated, dizzy, unmotivated. If the side effects get worse Iím quitting. M 65 2 months
20 mg
 1  High Blood Pressure Iíve been struggling with horrible blood pressure since the end of pregnancy 3 years ago. I have been on so many other meds and struggled with side effects. I started taking the generic form of Benicar, and it seemed like a dream come true. I developed reflux but did not initially connect that to the medication. Fast forward a year later, and I was having random bouts of nausea when eating and drinking. After a week I remembered that this medication had a reputation for GI side effects and chose to stop it. That was about 4 weeks ago, and things are still not back to normal. I still have nausea, reflux, lethargy, and am dealing with anxiety and depression because of it all. I feel like it would be better to try and lower it in other ways. My blood pressure started at 180/120 at the doctors, and went down to maybe 150/100 anyway. It did not help much there either. My home readings were always more reasonable. I have tried desperately to find message boards with other people who have experienced side effects but it seems impossible. Maybe because of the lawsuits? Can anybody tell me how long it took to feel normal again after stopping?? I really need some hope. I am scared this medicine has ruined my life, and I might have to deal with this forever. :( F 35 1 years
 1  Hypertension Hair loss, stomach problems similar to celiac disease, fatigue. Physician did not feel medication was problem.Never had these symptoms prior to Benicar. I switched doctors and stopped taking this poison. Now taking losartan, no stomach problems.... F 65 6 years
40 MG
 2  High blood pressure Joint pain/joint stiffness, feeling tired & weak F 76 0 months
 1  Pkd 140/90 high blood prrssure I cant explain how much grief this drug has caused me. I have pkd. 44yr old slight discomfort no have kidney pain. Dr says lets start benicar to lower bp 140/90. 20mg a day of benicar and 20days later it worked. 30days later unbelievable kidney pain. Herromaged kidney cyst never had this before. Dr tells its not the medication? Tried to stop the med got way worse lowered dosage by half trying to weaning off wish i had never used this garbage. Pkd patients be warned try something else or anything else to start. M 44 30 days
 1  High blood pressure Numb left arm and neck, no energy weak all over, legs not functioning, cramps, pins and needles, no sleep, can hardly hold my head up, totally debilitating symptoms.. Lost weight and already small framed and light build. All started with my legs not seeming to function, no answer from doctor, admitted myself to hospital, had major scans done and all clear. Cardio took me off med because my blood pressure was fine. Was off them for three weeks and the symptoms were awful to say the least, then thinking because of headache that my pressure was gone up restarted them again and two days later "BAM" symptoms are back, but this time with a vengeance. Stopped immediately and one week on hoping and hoping that the damage will clear in time. The experience has been draining both physically and mentally never mind the damage to my system , who knows what that could be. Oh I keep reminding myself that how by chance I discovered what the cause was and that I came upon this site afterwards and wow did it explain a lot, thanks to other patients who kindly contributed, there is surely strength in numbers as the saying goes. Thank you all,. F 57 5 years
10mg 1X D
 1  High BP After an hour left side pain ringing in ears weak light headed feel like hell doctors unwilling to change All my problems seemed to begin with this medecine F 69 0 years

BENICAR  (OLMESARTAN MEDOXOMIL):  Olmesartan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. Olmesartan belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). It works by relaxing blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)