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OLMESARTAN MEDOXOMIL

Brand Name(s) : Olmetec
Warnings
Uses
Side Effects
Precautions
Interactions
Overdose

OLMESARTAN MEDOXOMIL WARNINGS

Olmesartan should be used with caution in: mild or moderate liver or kidney disease, renal artery stenosis (narrowing of the blood vessels to one or both kidneys), heart failure or disease of the heart valves or heart muscle, severe sickness (vomiting), diarrhoea, treatment with high doses of water tablets (diuretics), a low saltdiet, patients with high levels of potassium in their blood, problems with the adrenal glands, patients with high blood sugar levels (diabetes), patients with an intolerance to some sugars.

It should not be used in: patients who are allergic to olmesartan or to any other ingredients in the medicine, children or adolescents aged under 18 years, women who are more than 3 months pregnant, patients with gallstones or jaundice (yellowing of the skin), severe kidney or liver disease, blockage of the bile duct (biliary obstruction).

Also see list of precautions and interactions

STORAGE

Olmesartan does not require any special storage conditions.

OLMESARTAN MEDOXOMIL USES

What is it used for?

  • Olmesartan is used to reduce high blood pressure.
  • It is an angiotensin-II receptor antagonist, sometimes known as an antihypertensive.
  • It is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Olmesartan lowers blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels.
  • Benefits of being on this drug can include a reduction in blood pressure which is associated with a reduction in the risk of stroke, heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure.

Listed below are the typical uses of olmesartan.

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)

On occasion your doctor may prescribe this medicine to treat a condition not on the above list.

HOW TO USE/TAKE

How often do I take it?

  • Take this medication by mouth usually once a day, preferably at breakfast time, with or without food. Swallow the tablets with a little water.
  • Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • Remember to use it at the same time each day - unless specifically told not to by your doctor.
  • It may take up to 8 weeks before the full benefit of this drug takes effect.
  • Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

What dose?

  • Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.

Do I need to avoid anything?

  • Olmesartan is unlikely to affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. However, you may feel dizzy or tired during treatment for high blood pressure. If you experience these symptoms while taking olmesartan do not drive or operate machinery until these symptoms wear off. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

When can I stop?

  • It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well, unless your doctor tells you to stop.

OLMESARTAN MEDOXOMIL SIDE EFFECTS

If any of these persist or you consider them severe then inform your doctor or pharmacist.

Further information about other side effects can be found in the patient information leaflet.

Tell your doctor immediately and stop taking olmesartan if you develop any of the following symptoms:

  • Swelling of your face, mouth and/or larynx (voice box) together with itching and rash
  • Severe light headedness or fainting (this may be caused by very low blood pressure. If you experience these symptoms you should lie down flat).

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report suspected side effects from any type of medicine (which includes vaccines, herbals and over the counter medicines) that you are taking. It is run by the medicines safety watchdog called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory agency (MHRA). Please report any suspected side effect on the Yellow Card Scheme website.

OLMESARTAN MEDOXOMIL PRECAUTIONS

Before taking olmesartan, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other angiotensin-II receptor antagonists; or if you have any other allergies.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist in case of: an allergy to olmesartan or to any other ingredients in the medicine, you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have gallstones or jaundice (yellowing of the skin), severe kidney or liver disease or blockage of the bile duct (biliary obstruction),

Before using this medication tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially any of the following mild or moderate liver or kidney disease, renal artery stenosis (narrowing of the blood vessels to one or both kidneys), heart failure or disease of the heart valves or heart muscle, severe sickness (vomiting), diarrhoea, treatment with high doses of water tablets (diuretics), a low salt diet, high levels of potassium in the blood, problems with the adrenal glands, high blood sugar levels (diabetes), an intolerance to some sugars.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

  • Alcohol can increase the blood pressure-lowering effect of olmesartan. You should avoid alcohol while taking olmesartan.

The elderly: olmesartan should be used with caution in the elderly as it may be associated with an increased incidence of low blood pressure (hypotension).

Pregnancy and breastfeeding - please ensure you read the detailed information below

PREGNANCY

Olmesartan is not safe to take if you are, or are planning to become, pregnant.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during pregnancy whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

BREAST FEEDING

Olmesartan is not safe to take if you are breastfeeding.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during breastfeeding whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

OLMESARTAN MEDOXOMIL INTERACTIONS

Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious, possibly fatal interactions may occur:

  • potassium sparing water tablets (diuretics)
  • potassium supplements
  • potassium-containing salt substitutes
  • lithium.

If you are currently using any such medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting olmesartan.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and non-prescription/herbal products you may use, especially of:

  • Other medicines for high blood pressure
  • ACE inhibitors
  • Adrenergic neurone blockers
  • Alcohol
  • Aldesleukin
  • Alpha-blockers
  • Alprostadil
  • Anaesthetics
  • Medicines for mental illness (antipsychotics)
  • Baclofen
  • Beta-blockers
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Corticosteroids
  • Clonidine
  • Diazoxide
  • Drospirenone
  • Heparin
  • Hydralazine
  • Levodopa
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
  • Methyldopa
  • Minoxidil
  • Moxisylyte
  • Moxonidine
  • Nitrates
  • Oestrogens
  • Sodium nitroprusside
  • Tizanidine
  • Medicines for anxiety
  • Medicines to help you sleep
  • Water tablets (diuretics)
  • Heparin
  • Ciclosporin
  • Tacrolimus
  • Trimethoprim
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Antacids for indigestion

This information does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using olmesartan, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use.

OLMESARTAN MEDOXOMIL OVERDOSE

Taking too much olmesartan may cause the following: dizziness due to low blood pressure (hypotension).
People who have taken too much olmesartan should go to their doctor or nearest emergency department immediately and take their medicine pack with them.

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally taken more than the recommended dose of olmesartan or intentional overdose is suspected, contact your local hospital, GP or if in England call 111. In Scotland call NHS 24. In Wales, call NHS Direct Wales. In the case of medical emergencies, always dial 999.

MISSED DOSE

If you forget to take your olmesartan tablets, take your normal dose on the following day as usual. Do not take any extra tablets to make up for the missed dose.

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