Olmesartan Medoxomil is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It relaxes the blood vessel by blocking the action of a chemical that usually makes blood vessels tighter. This lowers the blood pressure, allowing the blood to flow more smoothly to different organs and the heart to pump more efficiently.
Yes, the use of Olkem 40 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. How long does it take for Olkem 40 Tablet to work?
You may notice a decrease in your blood pressure effectively within 2 weeks of starting Olkem 40 Tablet. However, it may take about 8 weeks to see the full benefits of this medicine.
Q. What are some lifestyle changes to make while using Olkem 40 Tablet?
Making lifestyle changes while taking Olkem 40 Tablet can boost your health. Avoid smoking, as smoking increases your risk of having a heart attack and stroke. If you are overweight or obese, try to lose weight. You should maintain a healthy diet by including fruits and vegetables in your meals. Regular exercise can make your heart strong and reduce the risk of a heart attack.
Q. Does Olkem 40 Tablet have a diuretic?
Olkem 40 Tablet does not have a diuretic. Olkem 40 Tablet is a medicine used to lower high blood pressure. It belongs to a group of medicines called angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). These medicines lower blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels. When prescribed by a doctor, Olkem 40 Tablet can also be combined with a diuretic for providing additional benefit in the reduction of blood pressure.
Q. At what time of the day should you take Olkem 40 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 Tablet at any time of the day. It is important to take this medicine at the same time every day.
Q. For how long do I need to take Olkem 40 Tablet? Is it safe to take long term?
You may have to take Olkem 40 Tablet life long. Olkem 40 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 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, to keep a track of how well your kidneys are working, your doctor may prescribe regular blood tests to check urea, creatinine and potassium levels.
Q. Can Olkem 40 Tablet cause weight gain?
No, Olkem 40 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 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. Can I take Olkem 40 Tablet before surgery?
Your doctor may advise you to stop taking Olkem 40 Tablet 24 hours before surgery. This is because Olkem 40 Tablet can further reduce your blood pressure when used with anesthetics. So, tell your doctor that you are taking Olkem 40 Tablet if you will be given general anesthetics (medicines that put you to sleep) or are scheduled to have any surgery.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 30th Mar 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.