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How do I take olmesartan?

Olmesartan (Benicar) is blood-pressure lowering medicine that belongs to a class of medicines called angiotensin receptor-blockers (ARBs). It is used for the treatment of hypertension and works by blocking hormones involved in blood vessel narrowing.  The exact and proper dosage you receive will depend on how well you respond to the drug, which may take up to two weeks to determine. Your doctor will likely start you out with a 20-milligram (mg) dose taken once a day and increase it to 40 mg if necessary. It can be taken with or without food. Do not stop taking your medicines without consulting your doctors first; sudden withdrawal may cause dangerous symptoms.

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