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Micardis

(Telmisartan)

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Lowers blood pressure.

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Our pharmacists’ bottom line

Micardis (Telmisartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function just like ACE inhibitors, but has fewer side effects.

  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Works similar to ACE inhibitors (like lisinopril), but doesn't have the same side effects like cough and swelling.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Recommended for people with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
  • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
  • Not always covered by insurance, so it can be expensive.

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Side effects for Micardis (Telmisartan)

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These are side effects of Micardis (Telmisartan) reported to the FDA by people taking it, and by doctors and pharmacists.

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What to expect when you take Micardis (Telmisartan)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
  • Get your blood pressure, potassium, and kidney function checked 1 week after starting the medicine, then routinely after.
  • Tell your doctor about any dizziness or muscle weakness that doesn't go away.
  • Get immediate medical help if you notice any swelling, especially around your head and neck.
  • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
  • Don't take it if you're pregnant.

Risks and Warnings for Micardis (Telmisartan)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Women of childbearing age

    Micardis (Telmisartan) can cause birth defects or death to a fetus. If you are pregnant or considering having a baby, talk to your doctor about alternative medicines.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Micardis (Telmisartan)

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The FDA category for this medication is D. It is advised that you: Weigh risks vs. benefits
Pregnancy
Alcohol
  • Don't rely on this medication, effective though it is. It needs to be combined with a healthy lifestyle, plenty of exercise, reduced alcohol intake and weight loss if necessary, all of which are as important as the medication.
    Age: 67
    Gender: Man
    Taken for: Heart attack prevention
Kidneys & liver
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Get your blood pressure, potassium, and kidney function checked 1 week after starting the medicine, then routinely after.
  • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • Micardis (Telmisartan) has a risk of making your kidneys not work as well. It is important to get blood work done to check your kidney function before starting Micardis (Telmisartan) and at least annually after.
Weight gain or loss
  • Don't rely on this medication, effective though it is. It needs to be combined with a healthy lifestyle, plenty of exercise, reduced alcohol intake and weight loss if necessary, all of which are as important as the medication.
    Age: 67
    Gender: Man
    Taken for: Heart attack prevention