Why is Benicar HCT prescribed?
Benicar controls high blood pressure. It works by blocking the effect of a hormone called angiotensin II. Unopposed, this substance prompts the blood vessels to contract, an action that tends to raise blood pressure. Benicar relaxes and expands the blood vessels, allowing pressure to drop. Benicar may be prescribed alone or with other blood pressure medications, such as diuretics that help the body get rid of excess water. Benicar HCT provides just such a combination. It contains Benicar plus hydrochlorothiazide, a common diuretic that increases the output of urine. This removes excess fluid from the body and helps lower blood pressure.