Olmesartan is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist. Olmesartan keeps blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow.

Olmesartan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) in adults and children who are at least 6 years old. It is sometimes given together with other blood pressure medications.

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  • Benicar
  • Less common
    Blood in the urine
    body aches or pain
    chills
    cough or cough producing mucus
    difficulty with breathing
    ear congestion
    fever
    headache
    loss of voice
    nasal congestion
    runny nose
    sneezing
    sore throat
    tightness in the chest
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    Rare
    Bladder pain
    bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
    chest pain
    cloudy urine
    difficult, burning, or painful urination
    fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
    frequent urge to urinate
    joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
    lower back, side, or stomach pain
    swelling of the feet or lower legs
    Incidence not known
    Confusion
    dark-colored urine
    diarrhea (severe) with weight loss
    dizziness
    hives
    itching
    large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
    muscle cramps or spasms
    muscle pain or stiffness
    nausea or vomiting
    weakness or heaviness of the legs
    If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking olmesartan, get emergency help immediately:

    Symptoms of overdose
    Blurred vision
    chest pain or discomfort
    dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness
    sweating
    Some olmesartan side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

    Less common
    Back pain
    diarrhea
    dry mouth
    flushed, dry skin
    fruit-like breath odor
    general feeling of discomfort or illness
    increased hunger
    increased thirst
    increased urination
    loss of appetite
    muscle aches
    pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
    shivering
    tender, swollen glands in the neck
    trouble sleeping
    trouble swallowing
    unexplained weight loss
    Rare
    Acid or sour stomach
    belching
    difficulty with moving
    feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
    heartburn
    indigestion
    rapid weight gain
    rash
    sensation of spinning
    tingling of the hands or feet
    unusual weight gain or loss
    Incidence not known
    Hair loss or thinning of the hair
    lack or loss of strength
    redness of the skin
    welts
  • (oral tablet)