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Olmesartan Medication related Questions

Olmesartan is commonly used in order to treat high blood pressure in patients. It is an angiotensin II receptor blocker. In other words, it blocks a substance in the body that may lead to the tightening of the blood vessels. As a result, easing the blood vessels and lowering the individual’s blood pressure. When someone is in need of this medication, questions regarding the dosage, side effects and possible complications can arise. Read below where commonly asked questions regarding Olmesartan medication have been answered by Experts.

Can Olmesartan be given to treat chronic kidney disease?

Olmesartan may be helpful in treating issues of the kidney, especially in type 2 diabetes. The medication is often known to reduce the amount of protein in the urine and often restore the functioning of the kidneys.

Would it be safe to substitute benicar HCT with toprol for a few days?

Benicar HCT is a combination of Olmesartan medoxomil and hydrochlorothiazide. Toprol on the other hand is metoprolol. These two medications have completely different modes of action and therefore it may not be safe to substitute the benicar HCR with toprol.

Is it safe to take aspirin if a person is taking Olmesartan 20 mg to control BP?

It is usually safe for an individual to take aspirin if he/she is taking Olmesartan 20 milligrams (mg) to control blood pressure (BP). However, the individual should not take the medication if he/she has any bleeding disorder or stomach ulcer issues.

Does benicar HCT have a mild sedative or anti-depressant component to it?

Benicar HCT is a combination of Olmesartan -- which is an angiotensin 2 receptive blocker -- and hydrochlorothiazide -- which is a diuretic. Neither of these two medications have anti-depressant component to them. However, Olmesartan may cause fatigue and dizziness in some individuals. In some cases, it may also cause hypo tension. As a result, the individual taking this medication may feel mildly sedated.

Does the Olmesartan in benicar HCT increase the creatinine levels produced by the kidney?

Benicar HCT may cause renal dysfunction and may even increase the creatinine levels in the kidneys. However, this is not caused by the Olmesartan in the medication. This is often caused by the hydrochlorothiazide. This component of the medication may often cause interstitial nephritis damaging the microtubules in the kidneys. This may also lead to impaired renal functions and may even increase the creatinine levels.

Would it be safe for a person with chronic hepatitis C to take Olmesartan?

It's usually safe for an individual with chronic hepatitis C to take Olmesartan. However, in some cases there may be an increase in the liver enzymes. Therefore, it is advisable to get enzyme levels checked once every 2-3 weeks after they begin taking this medication.

Are Olmesartan and losartan similar medicines?

Both Olmesartan and losartan belong to the same group of medications called ACE 11 inhibitors. However, the side effects of Olmesartan may not be as severe as those of losartan. The most common side effect of Olmesartan is headaches while in some cases, losartan may also cause a heart attack or myocardial infarction if used for a long time.

Can Olmesartan be used to treat asthma in a patient?

Olmesartan is a high blood pressure medication and may not be helpful in treating asthma. However, if the blood pressure is causing a strain on the heart and making it difficult for the individual to breathe, then this medication may help bring down the pressure and ease the breathing.

Would it be safe for an individual with one kidney to take Olmesartan?

In some situations it may be safe for an individual with one kidney to take Olmesartan. However, in rare cases, the medication can increase the serum creatinine in the body. This may worsen the kidney function if the blood vessels of the kidney are narrow.

It is important to have correct information about medications when faced with different questions. Individuals may want these answers either because they have been prescribed this medication, or someone they know has to take it. Not finding the answers needed them can be frustrating. Asking an Expert to get any questions a person has about Olmesartan answered is a quick and affordable solution.

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