Micardis

Micardis Medication Information:

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Micardis 20 mg
Micardis 40 mg
Micardis HCT 40mg/12.5mg
Micardis 80 mg
Micardis Plus 80mg/25mg
Micardis Plus 80mg/12.5mg

What is Micardis

Micardis (generic name: telmisartin) is primarily prescribed to treat high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. It is part of a group of medications called angiotensin 11 receptor blockers.

How does Micardis Work

Blood pressure is elevated when the body produces the angiotensin 11 hormone which constricts blood vessels. Release of the angiotensin hormone also fosters the retention of sodium and fluids in the kidneys. Common stressors such as fear, anxiety or pressure; poor diet, and changes in temperature are among the triggers for this dangerous hormone.

As an angiotensin 11 receptor blocker Micardis releases chemicals in the body that effectively relax constricted blood vessels, allowing blood to flow normally throughout the body. It also diminishes unhealthy buildup of sodium and fluids in the kidneys. Relaxed blood vessels widen to their normal width, allowing blood to flow freely. Blood pressure then returns to its pre-stress level.

How to take Micardis

Micardis is usually a daily oral medication. It can be taken at any regularly scheduled time. It is not necessary to have food in the stomach before taking Micardis. Recommended dosages for Micardis tablets range from one or two 20 milligram tablets to one or two 80 milligram tablets daily. The patient should not skip days or stop taking Micardis upon feeling better as high blood pressure is often symptom free. Micardis is a long term treatment that must be carefully monitored by a physician.

Side Effects

While Micardis a safe and proven hypertension treatment for most people the following warning apply. Contraindications for Micardis include pregnancy and individuals with diabetes, heart, liver, or kidney disease, and alcoholics.

Female patients should use a reliable form of birth control and consult their doctor immediately if becoming pregnant. Pregnant women should not take Micardis. Fetal injury or death could occur if Micardis is taken during the second or third trimester. Nursing mothers should not take Micardis as breast milk may contain traces of the drug.

Individuals with a history of diabetes, heart, liver or kidney disease should be monitored closely while taking Micardis. The patient should immediately consult their physician if they experience nausea, vomiting, muscle pain or tenderness, dark urine, weakness, or fever.

Dehydration must be avoided and alcoholic beverages limited while taking Micardis. Salt substitutes and potassium should be used as directed by the prescribing physician.

Dosage:

  • 20 mg Micardis tablets are round
  • 40 mg and 80 mg tablets are oval

Visual Description:

Micardis tablets are uncoated and white or off white in color. Each tablet has the Boehringer Ingelheim logo on the face and tablet strength information on the reverse.

The medication is packaged in a moisture proof sealed blister pack. Tablets should remain in their original individual blister packs until used. Micardis is best stored away from light at 77F (25C)

About Micardis

What Micardis is used for

Your doctor has prescribed MICARDIS to treat your mild to moderate high blood pressure.

What Micardis does

Angiotensin II is a naturally occurring hormone in the human body that causes the blood vessels to constrict, thus making the blood pressure higher. MICARDIS lowers blood pressure by specifically blocking the action of angiotensin II, and thus relaxing the blood vessels. As a result blood pressure is lowered.

When Micardis should not be used

  • Patients who are hypersensitive to this drug or to any nonmedicinal ingredient in the formulation (see the section “What the nonmedicinal ingredients are:”) should not take MICARDIS.

  • Patients who are in their second/third trimester of pregnancy should not take MICARDIS.

  • Patients who are breastfeeding should not take MICARDIS.

  • Patients who are fructose intolerant.

What the medicinal ingredient is

Telmisartan.

What the nonmedicinal ingredients for Micardis are

Magnesium stearate, meglumine, povidone, sodium hydroxide and sorbitol.

If you are on a special diet, or if you are allergic to any substance, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether any of these ingredients may cause a problem for you.

What dosage forms Micardis comes in

Tablets in 40 mg and 80 mg strengths.


Warnings and Precautions

Serious Warnings and Precautions

MICARDIS should not be used during pregnancy. If you discover that you are pregnant while taking MICARDIS, stop the medication and please contact your physician.

Before you use MICARDIS talk to your doctor or pharmacist:

  • If you have any allergies to this drug or to any ingredient in the formulation or component of the container.

  • If you have narrowing of a heart valve.

  • If you recently suffered from excess diarrhea or vomiting.

  • If you have any other health problems, including kidney or liver disease.

  • If you are taking any other medication, including diuretics, herbal preparations or any other medications you can buy without a prescription.

  • If you are taking any other medication that may affect potassium levels.

  • If you have hereditary fructose intolerance.

  • If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars.

Please remember:

  • To tell any other doctor, dentist or pharmacist with whom you consult that you are using MICARDIS.

  • Dizziness or drowsiness may occasionally occur when taking any medicine to lower blood pressure. Therefore, before you perform tasks which may require special attention (driving a car or operating dangerous machinery), wait until you know how you respond to your medicine.

  • If you have any other questions about MICARDIS, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Effects on Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:

  • Taking MICARDIS during pregnancy can cause injury and even death to your baby. This medicine should not be used during pregnancy. If you are planning to become pregnant while taking MICARDIS, contact immediately your doctor. It is possible that MICARDIS passes into breast milk. MICARDIS should not be used in patients who are breastfeeding.

MICARDIS has been prescribed to treat your condition. Do not give it to other people.


Interactions with Micardis

As with most medicines, interaction with other drugs is possible. Therefore, do not take any other medication without your doctor’s or pharmacist’s advice.

Drugs that may interact with MICARDIS include: Warfarin, Digoxin, Lithium, Ramipril and Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) such as acetylsalicylic acid (ASA).


Proper Use of Micardis

Usual dose

The recommended dose of MICARDIS is 80 mg once daily. It may be taken with or without food, but it should be taken the same way each day. You should follow any other direction that your doctor has given you for the treatment and/or monitoring of your condition.

Overdose

If you experience dizziness and/or fainting or racing heart rate, contact your doctor immediately or go to the nearest emergency room so that medical attention may be given promptly.

Missed dose

Try to take your dose at the same time each day, preferably in the morning. However, if you have forgotten to take your dose during the day, carry on with the next one at the usual time. Do not double dose.


Side Effects for Micardis and What to Do About Them

Like any drug product, MICARDIS may cause some unwanted effects along with good effects. Tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly about these or any other unusual symptoms.

If you develop an allergic reaction involving swelling of the face, lips and/or tongue, stop taking MICARDIS and contact your physician immediately.

Side effects such as muscle pain, muscle weakness, muscle inflammation and a muscle-wasting disease, in rare cases leading to kidney failure, have been reported with the use of angiotensin II receptor blockers, the class of drugs to which MICARDIS belongs. You should contact your physician promptly if you experience muscle pain that you cannot explain, muscle tenderness or weakness, generalised weakness, or when you notice dark/brown urine.

The following side effects are very common (frequency ≥1/10) or common (frequency ≥1/100, <1/10): chest pain, influenza-like symptoms, symptoms of infection (e.g. urinary tract infection including cystitis, insomnia, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, dyspepsia, arthralgia, muscle spasms (cramps in legs) or pain in extremity (leg pain), myalgia, back pain, anxiety, depression, upper respiratory tract infections, dyspnea, eczema and rash.

Serious Side Effects, How Often They Happen and What to Do About Them
Symptom/Effect Talk with your doctor or pharmacist Stop taking drug and call your doctor or pharmacist
Only if severe In all cases
Very Common Headache    
Common Constipation    
Diarrhoea    
Dizziness    
Eczema    
Fatigue    
Nausea    
Pain    
Rash    
Upper respiratory tract infections    
Rare Increased levels of potassium in the blood    
Kidney disease/failure    
Liver disorder    
Syncope/faintness    
Not Known Allergic reaction: swelling of the face, lips and/or tongue accompanied by difficulty breathing  
Dark brown urine    
Muscle pain    
Muscle wasting disease    
Muscle weakness    
Weakness    

This is not a complete list of side effects. For any unexpected effects while taking MICARDIS, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Micardis Facts

Micardis relaxes blood vessels by blocking the hormone angiotensin II so there is less pressure on the blood as it flows through.

Micardis was part of the largest clinical trials ever conducted, involving more than 31,000 patients with cardiovascular disease.

Micardis was first approved by the FDA in 2000.

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Micardis, was founded in Germany in 1885.

 

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