This medication is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. This product contains 2 medications: telmisartan and hydrochlorothiazide. Telmisartan belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). It works by relaxing blood vessels so blood can flow more easily. Hydrochlorothiazide is a “water pill” (diuretic). It increases the amount of urine you make, especially when you first start the medication. It also helps to relax the blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily.These medications are used together when 1 drug alone is not controlling your blood pressure. Your doctor may direct you to start taking the individual medications first, and then switch you over to this combination product if this is the best dose combination for you.
How to use MICARDIS HCT
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. It is best to avoid taking this medication within 4 hours of your bedtime to avoid having to get up to urinate. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about your dosing schedule. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Keep taking this medication even if you feel well. Most people with high blood pressure do not feel sick. It may take up to 4 weeks before you get the full benefit of this drug. If you also take certain drugs to lower your cholesterol (bile acid-binding resins such as cholestyramine or colestipol), take this product at least 4 hours before or at least 4 to 6 hours after these medications.
What is MICARDIS HCT?
The diuretic is hydrochlorothiazide (water pill). Telmisartan is an angel The diuretic is hydrochlorothiazide (water pill). Telmisartan is a receptor blocker for angiotensin II (sometimes called an ARB blocker).
HCT is a combination medicine for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension). Blood pressure decrease may decrease your risk of stroke or heart attack.
Do not use if you are pregnant. Stop using the medicine and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.
You should not use Micardis HCT if you are unable to urinate.
If you have diabetes, do not use Micardis HCT together with any medication that contains aliskiren (a blood pressure medicine).
How should I take MICARDIS HCT?
Please read all medication manuals or instruction sheets on your prescription label. Your doctor may change your dose from time to time. Use the medicine as prescribed. With or without food you can take Micardis HCT. You will need to check your blood pressure often.
If you have vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are more than usual, call your doctor. Call for more information. When you take Micardis HCT you can easily dehydrate. This can lead to very low blood pressure or a severe disruption to the electrolyte or kidney.
MICARDIS HCT side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Common side effects may include:
dizziness, feeling tired;
back pain; or
cold or flu symptoms.
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not remove the medication from the blister pack until right before using. If the medication comes in a bottle, keep container tightly closed. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
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