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Trade Name(s)

  • Benicar
  • Olmetec Canadian Tradename

Ther. Class.

Pharm. Class.
angiotensin II receptor antagonists


Hypertension (alone or with other agents).


Blocks vasoconstrictor and aldosterone-secreting effects of angiotensin II at various receptor sites including vascular smooth muscle and the adrenal glands.

Therapeutic Effect(s):

Lowering of BP.


Absorption: Olmesartan medoxomil is a prodrug that is converted to olmesartan (the active component); 26% bioavailability of olmesartan.

Distribution: Crosses the placenta.

Protein Binding: 99%.

Metabolism and Excretion: No further metabolism following conversion of pro-drug to active drug; 35–50% excreted unchanged in urine; remainder eliminated in feces via bile.

Half-life: 13 hr.

TIME/ACTION PROFILE (antihypertensive effect with chronic dosing)

POwithin 1 wk2 wk24 hr


Contraindicated in:

  • Hypersensitivity
  • Bilateral renal artery stenosis
  • Concurrent use with aliskiren in patients with diabetes or moderate-to-severe renal impairment (CCr <60 mL/min)
  • OB:  Can cause injury or death of fetus – if pregnancy occurs, discontinue immediately.
  • Lactation: Discontinue drug or use formula.
  • Pedi:  Children <1 yr (may have effects on development of immature kidneys)

Use Cautiously in:

  • Volume- or salt-depleted patients or patients receiving high doses of diuretics (correct deficits before initiating therapy or initiate at lower doses)
  • Black patients (may not be as effective)
  • Impaired renal function due to primary renal disease or HF (may worsen renal function)
  • Patients with childbearing potential
  • Pedi:   Children 1–6 yr (safety not established).

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects

CNS: dizziness

CV: hypotension

F and E: hyperkalemia

GI: sprue-like enteropathy

GU: impaired renal function


* CAPITALS indicate life-threatening.
Underline indicate most frequent.



  • Additive hypotension with other  antihypertensives .
  •  NSAIDs  and selective  COX-2 inhibitors  may blunt the antihypertensive effect and ↑ the risk of renal dysfunction.
  • Excessive hypotension may occur with concurrent use of  diuretics.
  • ↑ risk of hyperkalemia with concurrent use of potassium supplements,potassium-containing salt substitutes, or  potassium-sparing diuretics.
  • ↑ risk of hyperkalemia, renal dysfunction, hypotension, and syncope with concurrent use of  ACE inhibitors  or  aliskiren ; avoid concurrent use with aliskiren in patients with diabetes or CCr <60 mL/min; avoid concurrent use with ACE inhibitors.
  • ↑ levels and may ↑ risk of  lithium  toxicity.
  •  Colesevelam  may ↓ levels; administer olmesartan ≥4 hr before colesevelam


PO (Adults): 20 mg once daily; may be ↑ up to 40 mg daily (initiate therapy at a lower dose in patients receiving diuretics or who are volume depleted).

PO (Children 6–16 yr):  ≥35 kg– 20 mg once daily; may be ↑ after 2 wk up to 40 mg once daily;  20–34.9 kg– 10 mg once daily; may be ↑ after 2 wk up to 20 mg once daily.

Availability (generic available)

Tablets: 5 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg

In Combination with: hydrochlorothiazide (Benicar HCT), amlodipine (Azor); amlodipine and hydrochlorothiazide (Tribenzor); seecombination drugs.


  • Assess BP (sitting, lying, standing) and pulse periodically during therapy.
  • Monitor frequency of prescription refills to determine adherence to therapy.
  • Assess patient for signs of angioedema (dyspnea, facial swelling). May rarely cause angioedema.
  • Monitor patient for signs and symptoms of sprue-like enteropathy (severe, chronic diarrhea with substantial weight loss). May develop mo or years after start of olmesartan. May require hospitalization and discontinuation of therapy.

Lab Test Considerations:

Monitor renal function. May cause ↑ BUN and serum creatinine.

May rarely cause slight ↓ in hemoglobin and hematocrit.
  • May occasionally cause ↑ AST, ALT, and total serum bilirubin.
  • Monitor serum electrolytes periodically during therapy. May cause hyperkalemia.

Potential Diagnoses


  • Correct volume depletion, if possible, before initiation of therapy.
    • Doses greater than 40 mg do not appear to have a greater effect. Twice daily dosing offers no advantage over the same total dose given once daily.
  • PO Administer once daily without regard to food.

Patient/Family Teaching

  • Emphasize the importance of continuing to take as directed, even if feeling well. Take missed doses as soon as remembered if not almost before next dose; do not double doses. Medication controls but does not cure hypertension. Instruct patient to take medication at the same time each day. Warn patient not to discontinue therapy unless directed by health care professional.
  • Caution patient to avoid salt substitutes containing potassium or foods containing high levels of potassium or sodium unless directed by health care professional. See food sources for specific nutrients.
  • Encourage patient to comply with additional interventions for hypertension (weight reduction, low-sodium diet, smoking cessation, moderation of alcohol consumption, regular exercise, and stress management). Medication controls but does not cure hypertension.
  • Instruct patient and family on proper technique for monitoring BP. Advise them to check BP at least weekly and to report significant changes.
  • Caution patient to avoid sudden position changes to decrease orthostatic hypotension. Use of alcohol, standing for long periods, exercising, and hot weather may increase orthostatic hypotension.
  • May cause dizziness. Caution patient to avoid driving and other activities requiring alertness until response to medication is known.
  • Instruct patient to notify health care professional of all Rx or OTC medications, vitamins, or herbal products being taken and to avoid concurrent use of Rx, OTC, and herbal products, especially NSAIDs and cough, cold, or allergy medications, without consulting health care professional.
  • Instruct patient to notify health care professional of medication regimen before treatment or surgery.
  • Instruct patient to notify health care professional if swelling of face, eyes, lips, or tongue or if difficulty swallowing or breathing occur.
  • Advise women of childbearing age to use contraception and notify health care professional if pregnancy is planned or suspected, or if breastfeeding. Olmesartan should be discontinued as soon as possible when pregnancy is detected.
  • Emphasize the importance of follow-up exams to evaluate effectiveness of medication.

Evaluation/Desired Outcomes

Decrease in BP without excessive side effects.

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