Micardis HCT is a combination medication containing telmisartan (angiotensin II receptor antagonist) and hydrochlorothiazide (thiazide diuretic). Micardis HCT (Telmisartan/HCTZ) is used to treat high blood pressure. It works by preventing your body from absorbing too much salt and keeping blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure. The usual recommended start dose is 40 mg/12.5 mg.
The brand Micardis HCT is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim and the generic Telmisartan/HCTZ is currently from Sandoz in Canada. It may come from other international countries. Micardis HCT is available in tablets of 40 mg/12.5 mg, 80 mg/12.5 mg, and 80 mg/25 mg strengths.
Get medical help immediately if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction while taking Telmisartan/HCTZ.
• Difficulty breathing;
• Swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat
Stop taking Micardis HCT and call your doctor at once if you have one of these serious side effects:
• Signs of kidney failure (muscle pain, tenderness, weakness with a fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine);
• Eye pain or other vision problems;
• Lightheadedness or feeling like you may pass out;
• Swelling in the hands and feet;
• Unusual weight gain;
• Easy bruising;
• Unusual bleeding;
• Signs of electrolyte imbalance
Less serious side effects of Telmisartan/HCTZ may include dizziness, tiredness, nausea, diarrhea, back pain, cold or flu symptoms.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
Micardis HCT should be taken as prescribed by your doctor. Talk to your doctor about your medical history to be sure you can safely take Micardis HCT. Particularly if you have a history of kidney disease, liver disease, glaucoma, low or high levels of magnesium or potassium in your blood, asthma or allergies, lupus, diabetes, or an allergy to penicillin or sulfa drugs. Do not use this medication if you are pregnant or unable to urinate. If you become pregnant on this medication, stop taking it and tell your doctor right away. Micardis HCT can pass into breastmilk it is not advised you breastfeed while taking this medication. There may be an interaction between Micardis HCT and other medications such as any other blood pressure medication, aliskiren, other diuretics, insulin, sleeping pills, steroid medications, barbiturates, NSAIDs, and more. If you are taking any of these medications, speak to your doctor.