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Tuesday, January 13, 2009 Leo, Community Member, asks

Q: Benicar and Norvasc

I am currently on 20 mg Benicar (ARB) and 5 mg Norvasc (CCB). I have not seen any articles regarding the benefits of the combination of Norvasc and Benicar. I would like to know if this combination is beneficial for lowering HPB and if they can contribute to increased probability of side effects such as swelling.

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Martin Cane, M.D., Health Pro
1/13/09 10:41pm

Leo,

 

I am a bit puzzled.  All of your previous questions stated that you were on 10 mg of benicar, including a question this evening.  Now you are writing that you are on 20 mg of benicar and 5 mg of norvasc.

 

In any case, the combination of an ARB and Norvasc is very common and very effective in controlling high blood pressure. 

 

However, Norvasc can cause swelling, or edema of the legs.  This side effect is aborted in many patients when an ACE inhibitor or ARB is added to the norvasc, but this varies patient to patient. 

 

Best wishes.

 

Martin Cane, M.D.  

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