Benicar HCT


Comment from: Dave, 45-54 Female on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: March 20

Immediately after starting Benicar, I had Dizzy spells while getting up from a chair. A month afer starting on Benicar, I started feeling nauseous and tired with some blurred vision. After my two month checkup, my Creatinine levels were at dangerous levels. I was going into Kidney failure! This is a strong drug. Be cautious using it and sensitinve to the side effects.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: February 11

Started on an ACE about 3-1/2 years ago. Started having a cough, and my BP was not controlled. Was switched to Benicar, and the cough was gone in a little over a week. I read the posts on this drug, and had to respond. This drug did what it was suppose to do, lower my blood pressure. I have not had any side effects and I have been on it for over three years, no kidney issues, fatigue, etc. In fact this is the best that I have felt in years! I was a little dizzy at times for the first few days, but my DR told me that is was just the medicine lowering my BP. He said that it took many years to raise my BP to 180/120, and I was lowering it in a few days. That would cause the dizziness. Sure enough in a few days it was gone. My BP has remained at 117/ 75 for three years. I can’t ask for anything better. Yes it is more expensive than a generic. I pay $20 a month. Ask your DR for samples, they will give them to you each visit. For me the $10 increase in cost, over the generic, far outweighs the side effects. As far as the people that have crazy side effects, and stop taking the medicine, and within a day or a few hours they are gone, I don’t think it was the medicine. These drugs take weeks to get into you system, and weeks to get out. Even after you stop taking them. Maybe it was all in your head, or was it something your friends at the local Bingo parlor told you that they experienced, and now you have it to. The mind is a powerful drug in its own right! Give the medicine and chance, and let it do what it is suppose to do. I read that one lady said that her husband lost his libido on this drug. Viagra, and the other ED drugs are failed BP drugs. This drug should help his little soldier stand at attention as she said. If you do research on this drug, you will find that it fights the hormone that constricts the veins. If more blood is flowing to parts of the body, then… Think about it! Good luck with this drug, you will not be disappointed! A++

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Comment from: 55-64 on Treatment for 6 months - 1 year Published: January 30

Half of the hair on my head fell out over a nine month period! It also caused my blood pressure to fall very low at times- I felt faint. . . (not good while driving.

Comment from: 46 male, 45-54 Female on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: May 03

Blurred vision, headaches,dry mouth,memory loss and loss of desire for daily activities. I am taking 40/25mg

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Comment from: makem, 35-44 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: November 08

This medication made me dizzy and caused me to loss conciousness and i collapsed becaused it droped my blood pressure drastically. I only used this pill for 4 days and have had to stop taking it because it put me in the hospital.Use with extreme caution!!!

Comment from: [email protected], on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: September 23

fatigue,much sweating when exercise and dizziness

Comment from: bscarborough, 55-64 on Treatment for 6 months - 1 year (Patient) Published: December 10

Started taking this bp medicine in Dec. 2007 along with toporol xl.Because I had bronchitis in January 2008 I took mucinex dm which sent me to the hospital with stroke like symptoms. Er doctor said I needed to speak to Dr. about bp med. Also had many problems on benicar hct. Rapid heartbeat, feet cramping , severe diarrhea, feeling like everything inside of me was going awry,and just not feeling well at all. Saw my Dr. and a heart Dr. but couldn't find anything wrong with me. I was sure the diuretic in the benicar was dehydrating me and pulling everthing out of me. My insurance made me switch to Diovan HCT and I still had the same problems. I suspected the diuretic in the bp med but was told it was not. For 10 months I was sick with these symptoms. In October I told the Dr. I wanted off the diuretics. ALL SYMPTOMS WENT AWAY. Am on diovan 80 now and doing GREAT. Please watch the diuretics!!!!! They could be your problem.

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Published: June 16

I started this medication 2 1/2 weeks ago. First couple days the blood pressure was down but my muscles felt weak. Exteme fatigue at times. Severe muscle cramps in legs.

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Comment from: TRuxpin, 35-44 Female on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: July 07

Been on Benicar 40/25 for 4 years. BP before medication 190/110, Afterwards 125/75. Side effects, heavy urination and numb finger tips when resting. Otherwise, I am pleased.

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Comment from: Cookie, 45-54 on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: April 30

My doctor decided to change my medication to Benicar HCT 20/25 DEC 2009. By the end of FEB 2010 I started noticing joint/muscle pain in my arms and legs. I was sleeping alot even when I should be awake during the day. At work it was hard to keep from nodding at times. Very strange, for me, when I had a full nights rest. I felt tired all the time. My arms hurt to raise them and were weak. Edema in my hands, legs and feet. I was not on any other medication. I was very concerned. I got in to see my doctor but not until April 2010. He changed the medication to Triamterene HCTZ 37.25 last week. So far I notice my joints are still hurting but not all the weakness as before. The edema is going away. I am alert again thank goodness! Thanks for letting me share this if it can help someone else.

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Comment from: Nancy, 65-74 on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: April 13

Dizzy,lightheaded,leg aches,blurred vision,lack of concentration,memory loss,confusion,lack of motivation,some depression,dull headaches.

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Comment from: fuldek, 55-64 Female on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: April 11

4 days into the drug I experienced, dizziness, lightheadedness, blurred vision, loss of balance, fatigue, headache, neck and upper back pain. I will not take this again until I check with my doctor. I don't know if this drug is the cause but I also experienced leg pain when walking that I never experienced before. It did work though, my systolic dropped from the upper 140's into the mid 80's!

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Comment from: chan, 35-44 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: March 28

i have been taking benicar for one week and i have expericed non stop dizzyness,tired, feeling faint and rapid heartbeat and shortness of breath after excercise. I did not experience this after working out in the past. I also have numbness in my arm. i will see what happens for another week, after that i will ask my dr for another medicine to treat my hypertention

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Comment from: 65-74 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: March 28

I have been on this medicine for a couple of weeks it lowered my blood pressure,I have had severe symptoms of arthritis,stomach cramps and dark stools, ringing in my ears

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Comment from: Paul, 45-54 Female on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: February 22

Don't take this medication if you are sexually active male. This medication is not for sexually active adults. This medication can cause erection problems and lack of interest in sex. I never had erection issues before but this medication made matter worst. I read all the reviews on webmd and I am thankful to people who posted their experience with this drug. I am sharing my experience as well..


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Comment from: 45-54 Female on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: September 26

I was on Hyzaar. My insurance co. decided it would not be a preferred drug. I tried benicor HCT. I was OK for 3 weeks. Suddenly I became very fatigued and felt drugged. I had terrible knee pain. All I wanted to do was sit or sleep. My eyesight seemed to be quite blurry. I couldn't concentrate. I went off the med this morning and went back to Hyzaar. After just one day off the benicor, I feel 1000% better, my knee pain is gone, my eyesight is better, my energy is back. I don't care if the drug lowers my pressure, the side effects aren't worth it... especially for a lousy insurance company. I'm back to Hyzaar and back to being normal.

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Comment from: 45-54 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: September 22

I have been taking this medication for years. It lowered my blood pressure nicely; however, side effects experienced includes thinning hair, moderate to sometimes severe muscle aches and pains in the upper arms and legs

Comment from: Kking, on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: June 08

sweating, upper abdonmen pain severe, could not walk up right,dark Stool,constant ringing in ears flu like symtoms,but it lowered my presure taking benicar one week. caution. i am seeking other otpions

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Comment from: Karen, 35-44 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: September 13

Started Benicar 40/12.5 10/07. Started noticing muscle aches, legs and fingers swelling immediately, put it off as being overweight. Then had dizziness, ringing in the ears, eye blurriness, tired all the time and last spring my hair started falling out, doctor thought it was stress. Also, blood pressure dropped to 90/60, too low for me to function. This summer my liver labs were very elevated and I was diagnosed with diabetes. Quit taking it 8/16/10, my blood sugars are averaging 30 points lower and my liver enzymes are dropping. Less than a month off of it and feeling normal again, my husband is enjoying the lack of side effects all the way around.

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Comment from: WHO DAT !!, 55-64 Female on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: February 27

I have taken this drug 40/25 for 5 years, and it has lowered my blood pressure down to an average of 120/70(athletic). I was 220/190,walking dead. I had tried 7 other drugs prior to this one,and they only lowered my pressure just a little. I suggest walking a lot to keep up your energy when using this drug.

Comment from: 35-44 on Treatment for 6 months - 1 year (Patient) Published: October 15

Lowered my blood pressure. But, have extreme fatigue, flu like, aches, and don't feel like doing anything except sleeping. probably should not have stopped taking it but did not take it yesterday and feel much better today. going to the Dr.'s to get off this stuff.

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Comment from: Dennis, 55-64 Female on Treatment for 6 months - 1 year (Patient) Published: March 16

This medication has given me ED with no wants or desire feeling for sexual gratification. There must be a better way to help lower my blood pressure and keep the desire going.

Comment from: rattyrara, 45-54 on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: March 04

I started taking Benicar/hct 18months ago after taking lisinopril,which kept me with this awful cough,hacking day and night. Benicar has kept my pressure down without all of the side effects.I'm an african-america female,age 47.

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Comment from: 55-64 on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: March 03

2 family members prescribed same drug,all were relatively healthy otherwise,early in treatment all had severe arthritis symptoms,swollen joints,inability to use hands.

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Comment from: saysay, 65-74 on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: January 28

Taking Bystolic and Benicar HCT and am extremely weak and have lack of motivation. Was active and motivated before starting this regimen. BP not yet a normal level. Doctor not too sympathetic. I am frightened and upset with how I feel.

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