BENICAR HCT: FDA Approved Drugs and User Comments

User Comments:

For High Blood Pressure “I’ve been on Benicar HCT for 10 or more years. Have tried Losartan and water pills, but never trusted them enough to stick with them. Always back to the Benicar, and now with my insurance costing $240.00 for 90 pills. My side effects have been slight and so far worth the benefit in reduction of B/P. Just read other reviews on this site. One mentioned a weird noise like Morse code in his head. I get that frequently and have only recently come up with a way to describe it, sorta like an arching sound. The Morse code description fits also. Other than that, I’ve had some slight dizziness & sinus drainage. Now I’m soon to try the Olmasartan HCT. Mostly because of the price. With my insurance the Olmasartan will cost $20.00 for the 90 pills.”

Tedshere August 1, 2017

For High Blood Pressure “I had been taking benicar HCT for a few years with no problems — until mid March of this year 2017. I started experiencing lower abdominal pressure & nausea. Over the next 6 weeks I was shuttled to one specialist after another & had many tests including an Endoscopy, Colonoscopy, small bowel study where I swallowed a camera, blood work, cat scan with hydration that had to be done in the hospital because my kidneys were now affected with low sodium & elevated creatinine levels etc. It all came to a head when on April 19, 2017 an ER Dr diagnosed me with Olmesartan induced enteropathy mimicking celiac symptoms. After 2 wks on gluten free diet, I’m fine!!! No longer on any B/P meds!!! All blood work normal!”

Eustreb May 6, 2017

For High Blood Pressure “Have been on Benicar 40 mg/HCT 12.5 mg for some time. It has moderately controlled my bp (range around 130/70). The side effects, while not of major significance, are bothersome. I can best summarize them by saying I just don’t feel like myself. Orthostatic hypertension is a problem, along with general “spaciness” and intermittent dizziness. I switch back and forth periodically to generic valsartan/HCT with no change in side effects. Have also tried smaller doses, cutting pills and a homemade regimen of alternating whole pills with cut pills. Nothing affects the side effects. These side effects appear to be idiosyncratic, as many people do not experience them. Best bet is to have normal bp and not have to take any bp pills.”

Accepting May 4, 2017

For High Blood Pressure “Only drug that will bring down my blood pressure. I am on additional medication & none work as well as this one. Have tried the similar drugs & had many side effects and would have to switch back each time.”

1Susie1 March 21, 2016

For High Blood Pressure “I started taking it May 2015, then about 6 mos in, the vertigo started and scared the crap out of me, dizziness, constant sinus drainage, so then the cough, dizzy at times, strange taste in my mouth but the worst was the ringing and another weird noise in my head, it would wake me up in the morning,like morse code. Then the clogged feeling in my head, my heart pounding in my chest and head, so as of right now I am just on HCT, hoping this will just help. Really really bad side effects on this drug. would take it at night, and would be peeing all night, as to avoid the side effects oh and the blurred vision problems also”

Bammieg March 8, 2016

For High Blood Pressure “The price keeps going up and up while the Yen is getting weaker. $100 retail increase in the last year alone. No suitable generics. Over $700 retail for 90 days this year. $600 last year. These appear to be fake prices. Canadian prices are significantly less, but… Insurance monthly charge went up as well as the amount they would cover went down. Insurance doesn’t have in formulary, and alternatives are “deadly”.”

Gormfach (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 18, 2016

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