Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Adult: Initial: 10-20 mg once daily may then be increased up to max 40 mg once daily if needed.
Child: 6-16 yr <35 kg: 10 mg once daily; ≥35 kg: 20 mg once daily. Doses may be doubled once if necessary after 2 wk.
Elderly: No dosage adjustment necessary.
Renal Impairment
CrCl Dosage
20-60 Max: 20 mg once daily.
Hepatic Impairment
Moderate: Initial: 10 mg once daily may increase up to max 20 mg once daily.
Biliary obstruction. Pregnancy.
Special Precautions
Patients w/ aortic or mitral valve stenosis, renal artery stenosis; at risk for hypotension (e.g. patients w/ volume or salt depletion); history of angioedema; at risk for hyperkalaemia (e.g. patients w/ DM). Severe renal and hepatic impairment. Lactation.
Adverse Reactions
May cause sprue-like enteropathy (Symptoms: Severe, chronic diarrhoea w/ substantial wt loss). Dizziness, headache, abdominal pain, dyspepsia, diarrhoea, gastroenteritis, nausea, bronchitis, pharyngitis, rhinitis, arthritis, back pain, skeletal pain, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, angioedema, peripheral oedema, haematuria, UTI, hyperkalaemia, hypertriglyceridemia, hyperuricaemia, hyperglycaemia, elevated liver enzymes.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor BP, serum creatinine and K levels periodically.
Symptoms: Hypotension and tachycardia. Management: Symptomatic and supportive treatment.
Drug Interactions
Increased risk of hyperkalaemia w/ ACE inhibitors, K-sparing diuretics, K salts or K supplements and drugs that may increase serum K (e.g. ciclosporin, eplerenone). May potentiate BP lowering effects w/ other antihypertensives. May decrease glomerular filtration w/ NSAIDs which can cause acute renal failure. May increase serum concentrations and toxicity of lithium.
Description: Olmesartan is a selective and competitive angiotensin II Type 1 (AT1) receptor antagonist that blocks the vasoconstrictor and aldosterone-secreting effects of angiotensin II. As a result, olmesartan relaxes blood vessels, hence lowering BP and increases blood supply and oxygen to the heart.
Absorption: Bioavailability: Approx 26%. Time to peak plasma concentration: Approx 1-2 hr.
Distribution: Volume of distribution: 17 L. Plasma protein binding: ≤99%.
Metabolism: Olmesartan medoxomil undergoes ester hydrolysis in the GI tract to active form olmesartan.
Excretion: Via faeces (50-65%) and urine (35-50%) both as olmesartan. Terminal half-life: Approx 10-15 hr.
Store between 20-25°C.
MIMS Class
Angiotensin II Antagonists
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