Generic Benicar/ Norvasc, Olmesartan/ Amlodipine

Olmesartan Medoxomil and Amlodipine combined medication is prescribed to help manage hypertension.

Benicar/ Norvasc

Olmesartan, Amlodipine

Ol-Vamlo, Olsar-A, Olsertain-AM, Olvance-AM

10

Ranbaxy, Unichem, Dr Reddy, Macleods Pharma

Tablet

Olmesartan 20 mg / Amlodipine 5 mg, Olmesartan 40 mg / Amlodipine 5 mg

India

Amlodipineγ€€

Uses
Amlodipine is used in the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure), Amlodipine can help lower blood pressure in patients suffering from hypertension.
How it Works
Amlodipine is also known as calcium channel blockers or calcium ion antagonists, Amlodipine works in the body by widening the blood vessels, mwhich makes it easier for the heart to pump blood around the body and help increase the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart. Amlodipine as Calcium channel blockers do not change the amount of calcium in your blood or bones. Amlodipine works by blocking the amount of calcium that goes into the 'smooth' muscle cells in the walls of the arteries and in the heart. Calcium is needed for muscles to contract, so reducing the amount of calcium causes the muscle cells to relax, allowing more smoother blood flow and directly treating hypertension
Common Side effects
Patients who take Amlodipine may suffer from such side effects; Fatigue, Sleepiness, Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck), Headache, Ankle swelling, Nausea, Dizziness, Palpitations, Edema, Abdominal pain

Olmesartan

Uses
Olmesartan is used to treat hypertension and heart failure. Lowering blood pressure reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.
How it Works
Olmesartan is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It blocks the hormone angiotensin and relaxes blood vessels, so that blood flows more smoothly and the heart works efficiently.
Common Side effects
Dizzyness ,Backache,Sinusitis,Elevated blood potassium level
Expert advice
Although you can take olmesartan with or without a meal, it is recommended that you take it at certain times.Take the first dose before bedtime to reduce symptomatic hypotension.Olmesartan can increase the level of potassium in the blood. Avoid potassium supplements and potassium-rich foods such as bananas and broccoli.Contact your doctor immediately if you have sudden swelling of your lips, tongue, and throat that may affect your breathing.If you have been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems, contact your doctor.Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant, or if you are planning or breastfeeding.
FAQ
Q. What is olmesartan medoxomil?Olmesartan medoxomil is an angiotensin II receptor blocker. This drug is not a beta blocker or ACE inhibitor.Q. Is olmesartan better than telmisartan or losartan?No, the effects of olmesartan, telmisartan or losartan are similar but may vary with individual responses.Q. Is olmesartan a blood diluent or statin?No, olmesartan reduces intravascular pressure and increases the amount of fluid removed from the blood from the kidneys.Q. Is Olmesartan safe?Olmesartan is safe to use at the prescribed dose as directed by your physician.Q. Does olmesartan cause impotence?No, olmesartan does not cause impotence.

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