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Brand Names: Micardis
Generic Name: Telmisartan
Manufacturer: Boehringer Ingelheim
Micardis is an angiotensin II antagonist and thiazide diuretic combination used to treat high blood pressure. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Why is Micardis prescribed?
Micardis controls high blood pressure. It works by blocking the effects of a hormone called angiotensin II. Unopposed, this substance tends to constrict the blood vessels while promoting retention of salt and water--actions that tend to raise blood pressure. Micardis prevents these effects and thus keeps blood pressure lower. It can be prescribed alone or with other high blood pressure medications, such as diuretics that help rid the body of excess water.
Most important fact about Micardis
Micardis should reduce your blood pressure within a couple of weeks, although it may take a month to achieve its maximum effect. You need to continue taking this drug regularly, even if you feel well. Micardis does not cure high blood pressure, it merely keeps it under control.
How should you take Micardis
You can take Micardis with or without food. To avoid forgetting a dose, make a habit of taking it at the same time each day.
If you miss a dose: Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Store at room temperature. Leave each tablet in its blister pack until you're ready to take it.
What Micardis side effects may occur?
Micardis Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Micardis.
More common Micardis side effects may include:
Back pain, diarrhea, respiratory tract infection, sinus inflammation
Less common Micardis side effects may include:
Abdominal pain, chest pain, cough, dizziness, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, headache, high blood pressure, indigestion, muscle aches, nausea, pain, sore throat, swelling, urinary tract infection
Rare Micardis side effects may include:
Abnormal vision, allergy, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, boils, bronchitis (wheezing), constipation, depression, diabetes, difficulty breathing, drowsiness, dry mouth, earache, ear infection, eczema, fever, flushing, fungal infection, gas, gastrointestinal disorders, gout, hemorrhoids, impaired sensibility, impotence, increased urination, infection, insomnia, itching, joint pain, leg cramps, leg pain, migraine, musclecontractions, nervousness, nosebleed, pinkeye (conjunctivitis), rapid heartbeat, rash, reduced sensitivity, ringing in the ear, runny nose, stomach and intestinal problems, sweating, swollen leg, tingling or burning sensation, toothache, urinary tract infection, vomiting
Why should Micardis not be prescribed?
If Micardis gives you an allergic reaction, you cannot continue using it.
Special Micardis information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
When used in the second or third trimester of pregnancy, Micardis can cause injury or even death to the unborn child. Stop taking Micardis as soon as you know that you are pregnant.
It is not known whether Micardis appears in breast milk. However, for safety's sake it's considered best to either avoid breastfeeding or give up the drug.
Recommended Micardis dosage
The usual Micardis starting dose is 40 milligrams once a day. If necessary, the dose can be increased to a maximum of 80 milligrams daily.
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect a Micardis overdose, seek medical attention immediately.
Symptoms of Micardis overdose may include:
Abnormally rapid or slow heartbeat, dizziness, low blood pressure