Benicar (Olmesartan medoxomil) 

Mfg:  Sankyo

Indication(s):  Treatment of hypertension alone or in combination with other antihypertensive agents.

Administration:  Recommended starting dose is 20 mg/day and can go up to 40mg per day.

Pharmacology:  Angiotensin II receptor antagonist.  Olmesartan selectively binds to angiotensin II and decreases peripheral vascular resistance and systemic blood pressure by inhibiting angiotensin II-mediated vasoconstriction.

WebRx Editorial Notes:  Contraindicated in 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy.  Aborption is not affected by taking with or without food.  Olmesartan can affect potassium levels in the body...therefore patients should check with their physician before using salt substitutes.

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