Over a year ago I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and the Doctor prescribed Benicar HCT. Benicar helps bring my blood pressure down while the HCT helps reduce fluid retention. My blood pressure was so high at one point, before I was prescribed this medicine, that I could have had a stroke or a heart attack. It was 167/100. My doctor immediately prescribed Benicar HCT and over just a few days I felt a difference. I could tell I was not retaining so much fluid. The puffiness just went away. I notice if I run out of my medicine for even a day or two the puffiness is back and there is a rise in my blood pressure reading. As long as I am diligent about taking my medicine and don't run out I feel good. I have a couple of other friends with high blood pressure who tell me they also suffer from fluid retention and I have told them to ask their doctor about Benicar HCT as it will not only give them relief from the puffiness but probably save their lives in the long run My blood pressure these days is usually in the range of 120/80 or very close.