Telmisartan (Micardis)
What You Should Know

Brand Name: Micardis

What is Telmisartan (Micardis) ?

Telmisartan MicardisThe Information about Telmisartan (Micardis) contained herein is a compilation of materials available from and simplified for the average consumer.

Angiotensin II is a natural substance in your body that narrows your blood vessels, releases a hormone that increases the amount of sodium and water in your body, and can also thicken and stiffen the walls of your blood vessels and heart.

Telmisartan also known by the brand name Micardis is an Angiotensin II receptor blocker, which helps to stop this damage within the blood vessels.

There are drug free alternatives to lowering your blood pressure that may be effective for you. Read about them here.

How to use Telmisartan (Micardis)

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Telmisartan (Micardis).

  • taking pillTake Telmisartan (Micardis) at the same time every day by mouth, with or without food and as prescribed on your medication bottle. Do not take more or less or for longer than recommended by your doctor.
  • Do not open the blister pack until you are ready to take your Telmisartan (Micardis)
  • Do not change your dosage without consulting with your doctor.
  • Do not take if you are pregnant, or breast feeding.
  • You may need regular lab tests, including blood pressure, blood electrolyte levels, and kidney and liver function, to monitor how you are doing and check for any side effects
  • You can easily become dehydrated or get extreme electrolyte imbalance while taking Telmisartan (Micardis), so tell your doctor if have diarrhea or vomiting.
  • Store Telmisartan (Micardis) at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. Do not double your dose. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Important safety information:

  • safetyContact your doctor immediately if you have swelling in your hands, face, lips, eyes, throat, or tongue; difficulty swallowing or breathing; or hoarseness. This could be a serious side effect called Telmisartan (Micardis) may cause a serious side effect called Angioedema.
  • African American patients may not benefit as much from Telmisartan (Micardis).
  • If you take salt substitutes or any product with potassium, consult with your doctor while taking Telmisartan (Micardis).
  • Before receiving any medical, dental care, emergency care, or surgery speak with your doctor.
  • Do not take any products that contain stimulants such as diet pills or cold medicine while taking Telmisartan (Micardis).

What to know before using Telmisartan (Micardis):

If any of the following conditions apply to you, DO NOT TAKE Telmisartan (Micardis):

Diabetics and those with kidney problems should not use Telmisartan (Micardis) with any medication that contains Aliskiren (Amturnide, Tekturna, Tekamlo, Valturna).

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Telmisartan (Micardis)
  • you are pregnant or breast feeding
  • you are taking Ramipril

Telmisartan (Micardis) may interact with these medical conditions, so speak with your doctor before starting if any of these apply to you.

  • angiodema-hivescan become pregnant, are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • taking any medicine, over the counter medicine, or supplements
  • any allergies
  • history of angioedema of any kind
  • history of problems with your heart, blood vessels, blood flow, liver, kidneys, diabetes or gallbladder
  • history of stroke or heart attack
  • history of dehydration, electrolyte problems, vomiting, diarrhea or are on a low salt diet
  • on dialysis

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Telmisartan (Micardis). Discuss with your doctor if you are taking any of the following:

  • medicationDiuretics
  • Potassium-sparing diuretics
  • ACE inhibitors
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Other blood pressure medications
  • Digoxin or Lithium

This list may not be complete.  Speak with your doctor if you are going to take or change your dose of Telmisartan (Micardis).

Side effects of Telmisartan (Micardis):

Discuss with your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • Severe allergic reactions
    (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing or swallowing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, throat, or tongue; unusual hoarseness)
  • Changes in vision
  • dizziness, light headed, or fainting
  • fast heartbeat
  • large hives
  • painful urination or changes in urinary frequency
  • swelling in the hands, lower legs, and feet
  • Blurred vision
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • confusion
  • dark-colored urine
  • decreased urine output
  • dilated neck veins
  • extreme fatigue
  • flushing
  • hives or welts
  • hoarseness
  • irregular breathing
  • irritation
  • itching
  • joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
  • large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  • muscle cramps or stiffness
  • numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
  • pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
  • pounding in the ears
  • rash
  • redness of the skin
  • slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat
  • sweating
  • swelling of the eyelids, face, or lips
  • tightness in the chest
  • trouble breathing or swallowing
  • trouble with speaking or walking
  • trouble with thinking
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • unusually warm skin
  • weakness or heaviness of the legs
  • weakness, numbness, or tingling in the arms or legs
  • weight gain

Less serious side effects include:

  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • back pain
  • bloating or gas
  • changes in appetite
  • coughing
  • diarrhea
  • dry mouth
  • ear pain or hearing problems
  • fever
  • general tiredness or weakness
  • headache
  • heartburn
  • increased sweating
  • muscle pain or spasm
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • Acid or sour stomach
  • belching
  • decreased interest in sexual intercourse
  • difficulty with moving
  • inability to have or keep an erection
  • indigestion
  • joint pain
  • lack or loss of strength
  • leg cramps
  • loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
  • muscle aching
  • stomach discomfort or upset
  • swelling
  • weakness

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