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Olmesartan

Benicar is used to control blood pressure. 

Full prescribing information is available at:

http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?id=7695

Check out Wikipedia for more user-friendly information at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benicar 

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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.” .
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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.

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