Avapro vs. Benicar

Are Avapro and Benicar the Same Thing?

Avapro (irbesartan) and Benicar (olmesartan medoxomil) are angiotensin II receptor antagonists used to reduce and control hypertension (high blood pressure).

Avapro is also used to treat kidney problems caused by type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Avapro?

Common side effects of Avapro include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Benicar?

Common side effects of Benicar include:

Potentially serious side effects of Benicar include:

What is Avapro?

Avapro (irbesartan) is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Avapro is sometimes given together with other blood pressure medications. Avapro is also used to treat kidney problems caused by type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes.

What is Benicar?

Benicar (olmesartan medoxomil) is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist used to reduce and control hypertension (high blood pressure).

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What Drugs Interact With Avapro?

Avapro may interact with diuretics (water pills) or aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

What Drugs Interact With Benicar?

Benicar may interact with other blood pressure medications.

Benicar may also interact with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

How Should Avapro Be Taken?

To treat hypertension the recommended starting dose of Avapro is 150 mg once daily. Patients requiring further reduction in blood pressure should be adjusted to 300 mg once daily. To treat nephropathy in type 2 diabetic patients, the recommended target maintenance dose is 300 mg once daily. Avapro may interact with diuretics (water pills), digoxin, or blood thinners. Tell your doctor all medications you use. Avapro is not recommended for use during pregnancy due to the risk for harm to the fetus. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

How Should Benicar Be Taken?

Benicar is available in strengths of 5, 20, or 40 mg of olmesartan medoxomil tablets. The usual recommended starting dose is 20 mg per day but dosage in pediatric patients needs to be calculated for each individual. Benicar should not be used in pregnancy due to possible fetal damage or death; breastfeeding women and their doctors need to weigh the advantages vs the possible harm if the drug is used. There is only one study in pediatric patients (ages 1-16 years) that suggests that Benicar is well tolerated with similar side effects seen in adults.

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References

FDA. Avapro Product Information.
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2011/020757s055lbl.pdf
Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. Benicar Product Information.
http://benicar.com/

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