Average Rating: 2.7 (126 Ratings)

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 1  High blood pressure Horrible muscle spasms and cramps, frequent urination, sinus pressure where it felt like my nose wanted to bleed, extreme weakness and tiredness I had no energy to do much of anything without feeling exhausted and sweating profusely. Was told to cut pill in half by health provider pharmacist, still same symptoms, leg cramps not as frequent and frequent urination slowed down. I decided to stop taking this generic garbage on 6tg day. I sent my doctor a message asking for another medication asap, I was on Valsartan but because of several recalls manufacturer was constantly changed McCleods generics are garbage not correct dosage in pills. F 58 5 days
40 mg
 1  High blood pressure Extreme neck, back and hip pain for years Just found out that these were probably side effects. Stopped taking it about a month ago and feel like a new person. Thought these pains were due to a car wreck but apparently not F 68 5 years
30 mg
 1  High Blood Pressure dizziness, short of breath, muscle aches, extreme fatigue M 56 7 days
20 1X D
 1  To lower my blood pressure Head congestion very badly. Ear congestion. Dizziness. Rapid pulse. Anxiety. Bad taste in my mouth. Felt horrible. F 52 2 days
 4  HBP None really it works but now the price is out of control which is very sad. The price has increased several times over the past few years to the point where my cost has at least doubled. I have BCBS. Even with 30 day discount card of $70 provided by Benicar (which is the maximum for 30 day supply) my price is about $100/mth. If I ever have to go up to 40/12.5 my cost will increase to about $175/mth (current pricing). Absolutely ridiculous and sad for those of us that it works for. For everyone with bad side effects like cramping lethargy etc please google dehydration. The HCTZ in the drug can cause most of the effects described so try Benicar without the HCTZ before giving up. Not everyone needs a diuretic. However, I will be looking for a different medication because of the price!! F 55 3 years
20/12.5 1X D
 3  make me itch Itching really bad, went on line looked up all medicines I take it's benicar is only medicine that I take that said anything about making you itch not happy Got welts on my arms and legs like someone beat me , scratch wake up scratching until you apply cream to make it stop I figured this out myself F 72 1 years
 1  Hypertension 20lbs of weight gain, testicle pain (feels like I've been kicked between the legs.), unable to sleep through the night (wake up every 2hrs every night) M 47 2 years
 3  High Blood Presure Weakness, fatigue, dizziness, itching M 66 2 years
40mg 1X D
 3  Hypertension Although it was effective in controlling my hypertension (from BPs as high as 210/120 reducing them to normotensive readings averaging 120/65) unfortunately I experienced side effects such as GERD, abdominal discomfort/bloating and malaise. Since the ARB class of drug proved so effective I was switched to Losartan without the diuretic and besides coming in a generic...which Benicar does not... I have the experienced the same benefits without the negative side effects! And removed the high risk of villous atrophy that is associated with Benicar...a win/win! F 63 8 days
 1  High blood pressure This drug damn near killed me! I was on a lower doseage for apx. 1 1/2 year until the doubled my medication in March of last year. I felt crummy on many fronts from the beginning but when they doubled my medication all hell broke loose. I was so fatigued the doctors put me on a narcoleptic medication so that I could minimally function 10 - 12 hours per day. My GI problems wouldn't allow me to leave the house for any significant period of time. The urination was just terrible... had severe difficulty making it to my office each day (1/2 hour from home). My nails (finger and toe) began to peel and breaking back into the quick. The most troublesome by far was the tremendous hair loss. Besides losing apx. 70% of my hair in 11 months I constantly felt like I had fire aunts on my head. The itching and burning nearly drove me out of my mind. Also the ongoing Potassium drops were problematic. I ran to every Doctor imaginable and all could not believe it was this medication. I'm a F 48 1 years
40/25 1X D
 5  high blood pressure Less hungry Loss of appetite F 40 1 days
 2  hypertension Hair loss F 52 1 days
 5  high blood pressure None M 61 1 days
 4  High bp None to speak of. Was on lisinopril for three months with major side effects. Rash, swelling, chills,spikes in Bp. You name it. Ask doc to switch. Since on benicar feel great. All our bodies are extremely different, just like these meds. Keep trying to you find the right one for your body. M 60 3 weeks
 5  Hypertension None I am very disappointed that the cost of Benixar has increased dramatically. It worked really well for me, lowered my blod pressure with no side effects. I cannot tolerate lisinopril and losartan doesn't seem to be working. F 35 2 years
 4  High blood pressure. 190/110 Dropped bp fairly quick to 120/67 I do have some tightness feeling in chest also indigestion and fatigue. Hoping I will be able to change to a lower dose at next doctor appt in 3 days. F 51 10 days
40 hct/25
 5  Htn None M 53 3 years
40 1X D
 3  High Blood Pressure My BP went down taking this drug, but my chest feels very tight and I cough a lot with a weird taste in my mouth. My breathing is very shallow. I know that I'm a little overweight (20lbs) and when I try to workout I get so out if breath thT it is so uncomfortable that I have to stop. F 49 6 months
 4  high blood pressure Fainting, weakness in joints M 34 3 months
 2  High blood pressure LIGHTHEADNESS all day , every day since started it. Cough, leg cramps, ear congestion, nausea , chest pressure, irritability , indigestion/ heartburn F 43 1 months
40mg 12.5

BENICAR HCT  (HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE: OLMESARTAN MEDOXOMIL):  This drug is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. This product contains two medications: olmesartan and hydrochlorothiazide. Olmesartan is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) and works by relaxing blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily. Hydrochlorothiazide is a "water pill" (diuretic) that causes you to make more urine, which helps your body get rid of extra salt and water.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)