Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular

Micardis

(Telmisartan)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular
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Lowers blood pressure.

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

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Upsides

  • 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.

Downsides

  • 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.
How it works

Micardis (Telmisartan) is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). By blocking a chemical that usually tightens blood vessels, it makes blood vessels relax. This lowers blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.

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Side effect rates for Micardis (Telmisartan)

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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.

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Common concerns from people taking Micardis (Telmisartan)

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Kidneys and liver
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • 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.