Can I take Benicar HCT if I am breastfeeding?

You should not take the blood pressure medication Benicar HCT (olmesartan and hydrochlorothiazide) if you are nursing. Animal studies suggest that olmesartan passes into breast milk, and hydrochlorothiazide is known to do so. Because of the possibility that Benicar HCT could harm a baby who consumes it in breast milk, experts say you should not take it while nursing. Talk with your doctor about whether you should stop breastfeeding while taking Benicar HCT, or instead switch to a different medication until your baby is weaned.

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