Olmesartan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), prevention and treatment of heart attack (Myocardial Infarction) and heart failure; when heart is unable to pump sufficient blood. It is also used in patients of diabetes with kidney failure.
How it works
Olmesartan belongs to a class of medications called angiotensin II receptor inhibitors. Angiotensin II is a chemical that causes muscles surrounding the blood vessels to contract, thereby narrowing the blood vessels. Olmesartan blocks the action of angiotensin II resulting in relaxation of blood vessels, and thus, reduces blood pressure.
Common side effects
cough, sore throat, indigestion, sensation of pressure, and/or chest, pain in abdomen, pain or swelling of joints, abnormally high levels of uric acid in blood, increased level of triglycerides in blood, increase in liver enzymes, increase in blood urea or creatine phosphokinase, Nausea headache, vomiting, back bone, sensation of spinning or rotation ; feeling of discomfort, blood in the urine, unusual tiredness, diarrhea, dizziness, serious allergic reaction., swelling in the hands or legs, urinary tract infection, flu like symptoms