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telmisartan

Pronunciation: TEL mi SAR tan

Brand: Micardis

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What is the most important information I should know about telmisartan?

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Do not use telmisartan if you are pregnant. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.

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You should not use this medication if you are allergic to telmisartan.

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Avoid drinking alcohol. It can lower your blood pressure and may increase some of the side effects of telmisartan.

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Do not use potassium supplements or salt substitutes while you are taking telmisartan, unless your doctor has told you to.

Your blood pressure will need to be checked often. Visit your doctor regularly.

If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using this medication 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.

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In rare cases, telmisartan can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.

What is telmisartan?

Telmisartan is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist. Telmisartan keeps blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow.

Telmisartan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). It is sometimes given together with other blood pressure medications.

Telmisartan is also used to reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, or death from heart problems in people who are at least 55 years old with risk factors for serious heart disorders.

Telmisartan may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking telmisartan?

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You should not use this medication if you are allergic to telmisartan.

To make sure you can safely take telmisartan, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • kidney disease;
  • liver disease;
  • congestive heart failure; or
  • if you are dehydrated.
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FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use telmisartan if you are pregnant. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Telmisartan can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester. Use effective birth control while taking telmisartan.

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It is not known whether telmisartan passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take telmisartan?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results

You may take telmisartan with or without food.

Your blood pressure will need to be checked often. Visit your doctor regularly.

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It may take 2 to 4 weeks of using this medicine before your blood pressure is under control. For best results, keep using the medication as directed. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 4 weeks of treatment.

If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using this medication even if you feel fine. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.

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Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

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Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include fast or slow heartbeat, dizziness, or feeling like you might pass out.

What should I avoid while taking telmisartan?

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Avoid drinking alcohol. It can lower your blood pressure and may increase some of the side effects of telmisartan.

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Do not use potassium supplements or salt substitutes while you are taking telmisartan, unless your doctor has told you to.

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Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall.

What are the possible side effects of telmisartan?

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Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

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In rare cases, telmisartan can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, nausea or vomiting, and dark colored urine.

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Call your doctor at once if you have any other serious side effects, such as:

  • feeling like you might pass out;
  • painful or difficult urination;
  • chest pain;
  • feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion;
  • swelling in your hands or feet; or
  • high potassium (slow heart rate, weak pulse, muscle weakness, tingly feeling).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • stuffy nose, sinus pain, cough;
  • back pain;
  • stomach pain, diarrhea;
  • headache, dizziness;
  • tired feeling;
  • weakness; or
  • mild skin rash.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect telmisartan?

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:

  • a diuretic (water pill);
  • digoxin (digitalis, Lanoxin); or
  • a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Treximet), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Arthrotec, Cambia, Cataflam, Voltaren, Flector Patch, Pennsaid, Solareze), indomethacin (Indocin), meloxicam (Mobic), and others.

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with telmisartan. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about telmisartan.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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