Micardis (Telmisartan) is used to treat mild to moderate high blood pressure. Telmisartan belongs to a group of medications known as angiotensin II receptor antagonists. This medication reduces blood pressure by blocking the actions of a chemical (angiotensin II) that causes blood vessels to constrict or tighten. Micardis 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.
In a study (Telmisartan has the strongest binding affinity to angiotensin II type 1 receptor: comparison with other angiotensin II type 1 receptor blockers- 2005). H Kakuta, K Sudoh, M Sasamata found that Micardis (Telmisartan) may have long-lasting blood pressure-lowering effects and superior cardioprotective properties in patients with hypertension due to its strongest AT1 receptor antagonistic ability.
The brand Micardis comes from UK and Canada and is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim. The generic comes from India and Canada. This medication is available in the strengths of 20mg, 40mg and 80mg.
Common side effects include:
• Feeling tired;
• Headache, dizziness, tired feeling;
• Mild skin rash;
• Stomach pain, diarrhea;
• Stuffy nose, sinus pain, coughs;
Serious side effects include:
• Chest pain, feeling short of breath;
• Feeling like you might pass out;
• Painful or difficult urination;
• Swelling in your hands or feet
Do not use Micardis if you are allergic to Telmisartan. Do not use this medication if you are pregnant. Stop using this medicine and inform your doctor if you become pregnant. It is unknown whether Telmisartan passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Inform your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby before you start taking this medication.
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How quickly does Micardis lower blood pressure?
You may start to see the effects within two weeks but it may take up to four weeks to get your blood pressure under control.
Does Micardis have a diuretic in it?
Micardis does not have a diuretic but Micardis HCT is a combination of Telmisartan and Hydrochlorothiazide.