logoThe People's Perspective on Medicine


Benicar is used to control blood pressure. 

Full prescribing information is available at:


Check out Wikipedia for more user-friendly information at:


Rate this article
3- 1 rating
About the Author
Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
Tired of the ads on our website?

Now you can browse our website completely ad-free for just $5 / month. Stay up to date on breaking health news and support our work without the distraction of advertisements.

Browse our website ad-free
Join over 150,000 Subscribers at The People's Pharmacy

We're empowering you to make wise decisions about your own health, by providing you with essential health information about both medical and alternative treatment options.

Showing 4 comments
Add your comment

Haven been taking benacar for blood pressure for 4 weeks and noticed blurred vision and woke up with blood vessel in one eye broken. Also, got very dizzy when I exited my car and almost fell. Did anyone ever have same experience?

Being as the Benicar is not generic … and they have somewhat of a hard shell … is it safe to cut them in half and ok to take like that?
I just paid $335.00 for a three month supply .. ouch … I am retired and that is just one of three other meds I take for BP and Cholesterol, it is getting way out of hand cost wise.

I have been using Benicar 20mg for several years and it does definitely lower BP. My cardiologist likes this pill over other BP pills. I originally began with the 20mg daily dose but felt a bit dizzy at times, so I cut the pills in half and the resulting 10 mg dose also controlled the BP. After several months, I decided to cut the 20mg pills into fourths and the equivalent 5mg dose seems to be working fine in my case. Although the 5mg pill is available, it was the same price as the 20mg, so I continue splitting the 20mg into fourths, thus reducing my drug bill to 25%.

This medication was used by both me and my husband and for both of us our blood pressure dropped in the afternoon to a dangerously low reading 90/50 and we felt light-headed and completely exhausted.

* Be nice, and don't over share. View comment policy^