Micardis

(telmisartan)

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Lowers blood pressure.

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Micardis (telmisartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects your kidneys and has few side effects.

Quick facts about Micardis
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (telmisartan)
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Upsides

  • Micardis (telmisartan) lowers your risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • It's similar to ACE inhibitors (like lisinopril), but it doesn't cause the same side effects like coughing.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.

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Downsides

  • You'll need to get regular blood tests while taking Micardis (telmisartan) to see how it is affecting your body.
  • It's not safe to use Micardis (telmisartan) if you're pregnant.
  • Micardis (telmisartan) can cause the level of potassium in your blood to go up.
  • You'll need to get medical help if you notice any unusual swelling around your head and neck.
  • Micardis (telmisartan) is eliminated by the liver, so people who have liver problems should use it carefully.

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How it works

Micardis (telmisartan) is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It relaxes blood vessels by blocking a chemical that usually makes blood vessels tighter. This lowers your blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.

Quick facts about Micardis
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (telmisartan)

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What to expect when you take Micardis (telmisartan) for High blood pressure

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Side effect rates for Micardis (telmisartan)

From 1835 clinical trials of Micardis when taken for any indication
  • Common cold
  • Back pain
  • Sinus infection
  • Diarrhea

Risks and Warnings for Micardis (telmisartan)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Women of childbearing age

    Micardis (telmisartan) can cause birth defects. If you become pregnant, stop taking Micardis (telmisartan) right away and talk to your doctor.

    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

Common concerns from people taking Micardis (telmisartan)

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Kidneys and liver
  • Micardis (telmisartan) can change the way your kidneys work. It's important to get blood tests done before you start Micardis (telmisartan) to check how your kidneys are working and at least annually after.
  • You'll need to have blood tests done regularly since Micardis (telmisartan) can affect your kidneys and potassium levels.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
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