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Pharmacologic class: Angiotensin II type 1-receptor antagonist
Therapeutic class: Antihypertensive
Pregnancy risk category C (first trimester), D (second and third trimesters)
FDA Box Warning
• When used during second or third trimester of pregnancy, drug may cause fetal harm or death. Discontinue as soon as possible when pregnancy is detected.
Selectively blocks binding of angiotensin II to specific tissue receptors in vascular smooth muscle and adrenal gland. This action blocks vasoconstrictive effects of renin-angiotensin system as well as aldosterone release, thereby reducing blood pressure and possibly preventing vascular remodeling related to arteriosclerosis.
Tablets: 5 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg
Indications and dosages
Adults and children ages 6 to 16 weighing more than 35 kg (77 lb): 20 mg P.O. once daily; may titrate to 40 mg daily after 2 weeks, if needed
Children ages 6 to 16 weighing 20 kg (44 lb) to less than 35 kg (77 lb): 10 mg P.O. daily; may titrate to 20 mg daily after 2 weeks, if needed.
• Volume depletion
• Hypersensitivity to drug or its components
Use cautiously in:
• hepatic disease, renal dysfunction, hypovolemia, sodium depletion
• elderly patients
• pregnant patients (first trimester; not recommended in second and third trimesters)
• breastfeeding patients
• children (safety and efficacy not established).
• Give with or without food.
• Know that drug may be used alone or with other antihypertensives.
CNS: fatigue, dizziness, headache, insomnia
CV: orthostatic hypotension, chest pain, peripheral edema, syncope, tachycardia
EENT: sinusitis, rhinitis, pharyngitis
GI: nausea, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, dry mouth
Musculoskeletal: back pain, arthritis, muscle weakness
Respiratory: upper respiratory infection symptoms, bronchitis, cough
Skin: dry skin, rash, inflammation, pruritus, alopecia, angioedema
Other: dental pain, flulike symptoms
Drug-diagnostic tests. Triglycerides: increased level
Drug-herbs. Ephedra (ma huang): antagonism of antihypertensive effect
• Monitor vital signs and cardiovascular status. Stay alert for orthostatic hypotension, syncope, and peripheral edema.
• Check temperature and watch for signs and symptoms of flu and other infections (especially respiratory and EENT infections).
• Watch for angioedema.
• In volume-depleted patient, monitor blood pressure carefully after initial dose. Transient blood pressure drop may occur.
• Tell patient to take at same time each day, with or without food.
• Advise patient to promptly report signs and symptoms of infection, particularly respiratory symptoms.
• Inform patient that when he begins therapy, inadequate fluid intake, excessive perspiration, vomiting, or diarrhea may cause blood pressure to drop. Tell him to change position slowly to avoid dizziness or fainting.
• Caution patient to avoid driving and other hazardous activities until he knows how drug affects concentration and alertness.
☞ Tell female patient to notify pre-scriber immediately if she suspects pregnancy.
• As appropriate, review all other significant adverse reactions and interactions, especially those related to the tests and herbs mentioned above.
olmesartan(ole-me-sar-tan me-dox-o-mil) ,
Pharmacologic: angiotensin ii receptor antagonists
Time/action profile (antihypertensive effect with chronic dosing)
|PO||within 1 wk||2 wk||24 hr|
Adverse Reactions/Side Effects
Central nervous system
Fluid and Electrolyte
- sprue-like enteropathy
- impaired renal function
- angioedemA (life-threatening)
Drug-Drug interactionAdditive 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↑ levels and may ↑ risk of lithium toxicity.Colesevelam may ↓ levels; administer olmesartan ≥4 hr before colesevelam
- 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 months 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.
Potential Nursing DiagnosesRisk for injury (Adverse Reactions)
Noncompliance (Patient/Family Teaching)
- Do not confuse Benicar with Mevacor.
- 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.
- Oral: Administer once daily without regard to food.
- 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.
- 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.
- Decrease in BP without excessive side effects.
BenicarAn angiotensin-II receptor blocker used as a monotherapy or with other agents to manage hypertension.