What is Micardis® (telmisartan) used for?
Micardis® is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). It is sometimes given together with other blood pressure medications.
How should I take Micardis® (telmisartan)?
Take Micardis® exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
You may take Micardis® with or without food.
Do not crush, chew, or break Micardis® tablet. Swallow the tablet whole. Keep each tablet in its blister pack until you are ready to take it. Tear or cut the blister apart from the rest of the package and peel back the paper liner. Push the tablet through the foil to remove it.
It may take 2 to 4 weeks before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medicine as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve.
How do I store Micardis® (telmisartan)?
Micardis® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Micardis® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Micardis® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Micardis® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Micardis® (telmisartan)?
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Micardis® or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
If you have diabetes, do not use Micardis® together with any medication that contains aliskiren (Amturnide, Tekturna, Tekamlo, Valturna).
You may also need to avoid taking Micardis® with aliskiren if you have kidney disease.
Your blood pressure will need to be checked often.
You may have very low blood pressure while taking Micardis®. Call your doctor if you are sick with vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than usual.
If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using this medicine even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Micardis® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Micardis®. Micardis® is pregnancy risk category D, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
- A=No risk
- B=No risk in some studies
- C=There may be some risk
- D=Positive evidence of risk
What side effects can occur from Micardis® (telmisartan)?
Common side effects may include:
- Stuffy nose
- Sinus pain
- Back pain
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice these symptoms:
- A light-headed feeling, like you might pass out
- Little or no urinating
- Rapid weight gain
- High potassium (slow heart rate, weak pulse, muscle weakness, tingly feeling)
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Micardis® (telmisartan)?
Micardis® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Products that may interact with this drug include:
- A diuretic or “water pill”
- NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) -aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib, diclofenac, indomethacin, or meloxicam, and others
- Ramipril or other blood pressure medicines
Does food or alcohol interact with Micardis® (telmisartan)?
Micardis® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Micardis® (telmisartan)?
Micardis® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
- Kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis)
- Liver disease
- Heart disease
- A low salt diet
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Micardis® (telmisartan).
What is the dose of Micardis® (telmisartan) for an adult?
Initial dose is 40 mg orally once a day with or without food, assuming adequate intravascular volume.
Maintenance dose is 20 mg to 80 mg orally once a day.
Cardiovascular Risk Reduction:
Cardiovascular risk reduction in patients unable to take ACE inhibitors: 80 mg orally once a day with or without food.
What is the dose of Micardis® (telmisartan) for a child?
The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How is Micardis® (telmisartan) available?
Micardis® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Tablet 20mg
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Micardis®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Review Date: June 16, 2017 | Last Modified: September 13, 2019