Olmesartan - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions


Information about Olmesartan

Generic Name : Olmesartan
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Olmesartan are provided here.

Pronunciation : all mi sar' tan

Learn the correct pronunciation of the Olmesartan, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.

ICD Code : Y52.5 Therapeutic Classification : Anti- Hypertensives

Trade Names/Brand Names of Olmesartan

India :

International :

Benicar, Benicar HCT

Why is Olmesartan Prescribed? (Indications)

Olmesartan medication is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist, prescribed for high blood pressure. It works by blocking the action of certain chemicals that tighten the blood vessels, so blood flows more smoothly. It works by relaxing blood vessels.

When should Olmesartan not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated to pregnant and lactating women.

What is the dosage of Olmesartan?

Adults—20 milligrams (mg) once a day. Your doctor may increase your dose to 40 milligrams (mg) once a day if needed.
Children (6 to 16 year of age): Oral: Start with 10 mg once daily for patients who weigh 20 to less than 35 kg, or 20 mg for patients who weigh 35 kg or more.

How should Olmesartan be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Olmesartan?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart failure, kidney disease; or rapid swelling (edema) of the dermis, subcutaneous tissue, neonates, mucosa and submucosal tissues.

• It may cause your blood pressure to drop too low, especially after your first dose. So, it is advisable to take the first dose in hospital with the presence of your doctor, he can see how you react to this medication.

What are the side effects of Olmesartan?

Central Nervous System- Dizziness, vertigo, headache, lack of energy.
Skin- Rash, hair loss, itching, hives.
Gastrointestinal- Diarrhea, abdominal pain, dyspepsia, gastroenteritis, nausea, vomiting.
Genitourinary- Blood in urine, acute kidney failure.
Metabolic- Increase in cholesterol, lipids, urea, sugar, potassium in blood.
Musculoskeletal- Muscle pain, joint pain, back pain, muscle damage.
Respiratory- Inflammation of bronchus, pharynx, stuffy nose, inflammation of the paranasal sinuses, cough.
Miscellaneous- Chest pain, facial swelling, allergic reactions, fast heart rate, CPK increase, influenza-like symptoms, increased blood creatinine levels.

What are the other precautions for Olmesartan?

Continue taking other BP medications as prescribed by health care provider.

What are the storage conditions for Olmesartan?

Keep this medication in an airtight container, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture.