Olkem 40 H Tablet

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Introduction

Olkem 40 H Tablet is a combination of two medicines. It helps to control high blood pressure in different ways. If high blood pressure is not treated it can lead to heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.

You can take Olkem 40 H Tablet with or without food. The dose will depend on your condition and how you respond to the medicine. Try to take it at the same time each day. It is important to keep taking this medicine until your doctor tells you not to. It contains a diuretic (water pill) and will make you urinate more so, it is best to avoid taking this medicine within four hours of going to bed. Use this medicine regularly to get the most benefit from it even if you feel well. High blood pressure does not usually have symptoms and if you stop taking it your risk of heart attack or stroke may increase.

The most common side effect is dizziness. Other side effects include weakness, headache, tiredness, chest pain, and edema. Frequent urination is not a side effect of this drug. You may experience other possible side effects, but most are rare. It may occasionally lead to an increase in pressure in your eye and lead to permanent eye damage if not treated. Make sure you read the leaflet that comes with your medicines and tell your doctor if you are bothered by side effects or they do not go away. It may be possible to adjust your dose or try a different medicine.

This drug is not recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding and you should ask your doctor before taking it if you have kidney or liver disease, heart trouble or diabetes. Drinking alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and may cause side effects.

Benefits of Olkem H Tablet

In Hypertension (high blood pressure)

Olkem 40 H Tablet is a combination of two medicines namely Olmesartan and Hydrochlorothiazide. It is generally used when one medicine alone is not controlling your blood pressure effectively. Olmesartan works by relaxing and widening your blood vessels so your blood can flow more easily. This will lower your blood pressure. Hydrochlorothiazide is known as a diuretic (water pill) which increases urine output thereby lowering blood pressure. If your blood pressure is controlled you are less at risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or kidney problems. The medicine must be taken regularly as prescribed to be effective. You do not usually feel any direct benefit from taking this medicine, but it works in the long term to keep you well.

Side effects of Olkem H Tablet

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Olkem H

  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Edema (swelling)
  • Chest pain

How to use Olkem H Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Olkem 40 H Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Olkem H Tablet works

Olkem 40 H Tablet is a combination of two medicines: Hydrochlorothiazide and olmesartan which lower blood pressure effectively. Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic that removes extra water and certain electrolytes from the body. Over time it also relaxes blood vessels and improves blood flow. Olmesartan is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It works by blocking the hormone angiotensin thereby relaxing blood vessels. This allows the blood to flow more smoothly and the heart to pump more efficiently.

Safety advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
Olkem 40 H Tablet may cause excessive drowsiness with alcohol.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Olkem 40 H Tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.
Breast feeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Olkem 40 H Tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Olkem 40 H Tablet may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
CAUTION
Olkem 40 H Tablet should be used with caution in patients with severe kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Olkem 40 H Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Regular monitoring of blood pressure is advisable for dose adjustment.
Liver
CAUTION
Olkem 40 H Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Olkem 40 H Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Olkem H Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Olkem 40 H Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Quick tips

  • You have been prescribed Olkem 40 H Tablet for the treatment of high blood pressure.
  • It can be taken with or without food.
  • Olkem 40 H Tablet may cause dehydration. Drink plenty of fluids and inform your doctor if you develop extreme thirst, very dry mouth or muscle weakness.
  • It may cause dizziness. Get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position. 
  • Use of Olkem 40 H Tablet during pregnancy or breastfeeding is unsafe.
  • It may also decrease the risk of stroke and heart attacks.

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Therapeutic Class
CARDIAC

Patient concerns

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I was taking OLMEZEST H 40 BUT MY BP REMAINS 150/95.I CONSULTED MY DOCTOR AFTER ALL THE TESTS he prescribed OLMEZEST CH 40 .TESTS ARE ALL NORMAL BUT BP IS STILL SAME
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Cardiology
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FAQs

Q. How long does it take for Olkem 40 H Tablet to work?

You may notice a decrease in your blood pressure effectively within 2 weeks of starting Olkem 40 H Tablet. However, it may take about 8 weeks to see the full benefits of this medicine.

Q. At what time of the day should you take Olkem 40 H Tablet?

Your doctor may suggest to take your first dose before bedtime, considering that this medicine can make you feel dizzy. After the very first dose you can take Olkem 40 H Tablet at any time of the day. It is important to take this medicine at the same time every day.

Q. Can I feel dizzy after taking Olkem 40 H Tablet?

Yes, the use of Olkem 40 H Tablet can make you feel dizzy. This may occur when you suddenly get up from a lying or sitting position. To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down.

Q. What are the other lifestyle changes I should make while using Olkem 40 H Tablet?

Lifestyle changes play a major role in keeping you healthy if you are taking Olkem 40 H Tablet. Avoid taking excess salt in your diet and find ways to reduce or manage stress in your life. Practice yoga or meditation or take up a hobby. Ensure that you have a sound sleep every night as this also helps to reduce stress levels and helps to keep your blood pressure normal. Stop smoking and alcohol consumption as this helps in lowering your blood pressure and preventing heart problems. Exercise regularly and take a balanced diet that includes whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables and fat-free products. Consult your doctor if you need any further guidance to get the maximum benefit of Olkem 40 H Tablet and to keep yourself healthy.

Q. Can Olkem 40 H Tablet cause weight gain?

No, Olkem 40 H Tablet does not cause weight gain. However, in very rare cases, chronic diarrhea with substantial weight loss may occur. If a patient develops diarrhea while taking Olkem 40 H Tablet and no other cause of diarrhea can be deduced, then the doctor may advise the patient to discontinue it immediately and recommend another medicine.

Q. What are the serious side effects of Olkem 40 H Tablet?

The serious side effects of Olkem 40 H Tablet include skin rash or itchiness, painful joints, fast heart beat, shortness of breath or tightness in the chest. Serious side effects may also include aching, tender or weak muscles not caused by exercise and swelling of the hands, feet or ankles. Olkem 40 H Tablet may also cause symptoms that may indicate high potassium levels in the blood, such as nausea, diarrhea, muscle weakness and change in heart rhythm. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately.

Q. Can Olkem 40 H Tablet affect my fertility or sex life?

Some blood pressure medicines (including water pills like hydrochlorothiazide) may affect a man’s ability to gain or maintain an erection (erectile dysfunction). However, it is thought that other blood pressure medicines can actually improve erectile dysfunction. If you are worried or notice some changes, talk to your doctor. There is no firm evidence which suggests any effect on the fertility of either men or women with the use of Olkem 40 H Tablet.

Q. For how long do I need to take Olkem 40 H Tablet? Is it safe to take long term?

You may have to take Olkem 40 H Tablet life long. Olkem 40 H Tablet controls high blood pressure but does not cure it. Do not stop taking it even if your blood pressure is well controlled. Olkem 40 H Tablet is generally considered safe to be taken for long term. In some cases, long-term use may adversely affect the kidneys and the kidneys may not function as they should. Therefore, your doctor may prescribe regular blood tests to check urea, creatinine and potassium levels to keep a track of how well your kidneys are working.

Q. Can I take Olkem 40 H Tablet before surgery?

Your doctor may advise you to stop taking Olkem 40 H Tablet 24 hours before surgery. This is because Olkem 40 H Tablet can further reduce your blood pressure when used with anesthetics. So, inform your doctor that you are taking Olkem 40 H Tablet if you will be given general anesthetics (medicines that put you to sleep) or are scheduled to have any surgery.

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Alkem Laboratories Limited, Devashish Building, Alkem House, Senapati Bapat Road, Lower Parel, Mumbai - 400 013.
Country of origin: India

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