Micardis is an antihypertensive medication that helps to reduce high blood pressure in those who suffer from hypertension. Its active ingredient telmisartan belongs to a class of drugs known as angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs). It works by blocking the action of certain natural substances that tighten the blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more freely and reducing the strain on the heart.
By lowering high blood pressure, Micardis can help to prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. In addition to its blood pressure-lowering effects, telmisartan is associated with a reduced risk of certain cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure.
Uses and Dosage
Micardis is available in tablet form, which can be taken orally with or without food as directed by your healthcare provider, usually once a day. It is available in tablets of 20, 40, and 80 mg, and the recommended dose will depend on the individual’s condition and other factors you should take it at the same time each day to help you remember.
- The recommended dosage of telmisartan (Micardis) for high blood pressure is typically 40 mg taken orally once daily, with the option for your healthcare provider to slowly increase the dose if needed. The maintenance dose ranges from 20 mg to 80 mg taken orally once daily.
- For lowering the risk of stroke and heart attack, the typical recommended dose is 80 mg taken orally once daily.
Common Side Effects of Micardis (Telmisartan):
Serious Side Effects of Micardis (Telmisartan):
- Chest pain
- Irregular heartbeats
- Loss of movement
- Rapid weight gain
- Tingly feeling
Form and Strength
Micardis (Telmisartan) is available in the following forms and strengths:
- 20 mg
- 80 mg
- 20 mg
- 40 mg
- 80 mg
- Dual blockage of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS): There is evidence of potential harm when ARBs and ACE inhibitors are used together. Dual blockade of RAAS through the combined use of Micardis and ACE inhibitors or aliskiren is not recommended.
- efficacy and safety of Micardis may be affected in patients with volume-depleted or dehydrated patients.
- If you experience any persistent side effects while taking Telmisartan (Micardis), such as dizziness in the first few days, it is important to inform your healthcare provider. While most people adjust over time, it is essential to communicate any side effects that do not go away.
- People with severe liver disease and kidney disease may need to be monitored closely or may require a lower dose of Micardis.
- Stop using Micardis 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.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is Micardis used for?
Micardis is indicated for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure).
Is Micardis safe for elderly patients?
There may be differences in responses between the elderly and younger patients, but the greater sensitivity of some elderly individuals cannot be ruled out.
Can Micardis cause weight gain?
Yes, weight gain can occur as a side effect of some beta blockers, including Micardis. The average weight gain is about 2.6 pounds (1.2 kilograms).
Can Micardis be used to treat heart failure?
Yes, Micardis can be used to treat heart failure.