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Ongoing Landmark ROADMAP Study Demonstrates Significant Improvement in Blood Pressure Control at One Year, According to Blinded Results
Date:5/8/2009

uropean Society of Hypertension (ESH) all recommend that physicians aim to control blood pressure in patients with type 2 diabetes to a level below 130/80 mm Hg (systolic/diastolic).(7),(8),(9)

About Olmesartan Medoxomil

Angiotensin II is a hormone that interacts with a receptor on arterial blood vessels, which results in constriction and increasing blood pressure. In addition, angiotensin II stimulates the release of another hormone that causes enhanced sodium and chloride (salt) retention, with a resultant increase in vascular water retention and blood volume that also contributes to an elevation in blood pressure. Olmesartan medoxomil is a member of the ARB class of antihypertensive medications that help lower blood pressure by blocking the angiotensin II receptor on the blood vessels and antagonizing the release of the hormone which causes salt retention and increased blood volume.

Olmesartan medoxomil is available in the United States under the brand name Benicar(R). Benicar is indicated for the treatment of hypertension. Benicar may be used alone or in combination with other antihypertensive agents.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT BENICAR USE IN PREGNANCY

When used in pregnancy during the second and third trimesters, drugs that act directly on the renin-angiotensin system can cause injury and even death to the developing fetus. When pregnancy is detected, BENICAR(R) should be discontinued as soon as possible. See WARNINGS, Fetal/Neonatal Morbidity and Mortality in the prescribing information.

Hypotension in Volume- or Salt-Depleted Patients

In patients with an activated renin-angiotensin system, such as volume- and/or salt-depleted patients (eg, those being treated with high doses of diuretics), symptomatic hypotension may occur after initiation of treatment with BENICAR. Treatment should start under close medical s
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