Micardis vs. Benicar

Are Micardis and Benicar the Same Thing?

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

What Are Possible Side Effects of Micardis?

Common side effects of Micardis include:

Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Micardis including:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Benicar?

Common side effects of Benicar include:

Potentially serious side effects of Benicar include:

What Is Micardis?

Micardis (telmisartan) is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Micardis is sometimes given together with other blood pressure medications. Micardis is also used to reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, or death from heart problems in people who are at least 55 years old with risk factors for serious heart disorders.

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 Micardis?

Micardis may interact with diuretics (water pills), or digoxin. Tell your doctor all medications you are taking.

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 Micardis Be Taken?

Dosage of Micardis is individualized. The usual starting dose is 40 mg once a day.

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. Micardis Product Information.
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2011/020850s032lbl.pdf
Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. Benicar Product Information.
http://benicar.com/

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