What is Sevikar?
Sevikar is a combined tablet which treats hypertension. The two active ingredients, olmesartan and amlodipine, work together to lower your blood pressure. It’s recommended when one treatment alone hasn’t been successful at reducing blood pressure.
One of the major benefits of Sevikar is that the effects of it last longer than many other treatments for hypertension. So you don’t have to take the tablets as often to keep your blood pressure under control: it’s just a once daily treatment.
How does Sevikar work?
Sevikar contains two active ingredients which help to lower blood pressure, olmesartan medoxomil and amlodipine besilate. Olmesartan is a type of drug called an angiotensin-II receptor antagonist. It lowers your blood pressure by blocking a molecule in your body called angiotensin II, and this helps to relax your blood vessels .
Amlodipine is a type of medication called a calcium channel blocker. This also lowers your blood pressure, but in a different way. It stops your blood vessels from narrowing by lowering the amount of calcium that can enter your heart and blood vessels.
What doses of Sevikar are there?
Sevikar comes in three different doses:
- 20mg amlodipine and 5mg olmesartan
- 40mg amlodipine and 5mg olmesartan
- 40mg amlodipine and 10mg olmesartan
Your clinician will decide which dose is right for you based on your blood pressure, and what’s worked (or not worked) for you before. You’ll have your blood pressure monitored regularly when using the treatment, and if a lower dose doesn’t work well for you, you might be advised to try a higher dose.
There’s also a version called Sevikar HCT, which contains a third active ingredient called hydrochlorothiazide. If the combination treatment with two ingredients (amlodipine and olmesartan) doesn’t help to control your blood pressure well enough, this is another option that might be recommended to you.