Micardis

Generic Name: Telmisartan

  • What is Micardis?

    Micardis is a type of medication called an "angiotensin II receptor antagonist" that blocks certain receptors in your body to help lower your blood pressure.
  • What is the most important information I should know about Micardis?

    If Micardis is taken during your second or third trimester of pregnancy, Micardis can cause serious injury and even death to your unborn baby. If you become pregnant while taking Micardis, stop taking Micardis and tell your doctor immediately.

    You should take Micardis cautiously if you have been diagnosed with liver impairment or disease, severe heart failure, kidney disease, or a type of condition called a "biliary obstructive disorder."

    If you become dehydrated while taking Micardis, your blood pressure may drop too low and you may feel lightheaded or dizzy. You should stay sufficiently hydrated while taking Micardis to prevent this from occurring.

  • Who should not take Micardis?

    You should not take Micardis if you have ever had an allergic reaction or hypersensitivity to Micardis or any of its ingredients.

    Do not take Micardis if you are pregnant. If you get pregnant, stop taking Micardis and call your doctor right away.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Micardis?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Micardis. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver or kidney impairment or disease, biliary obstructive disorders, severe heart failure, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or if you are breastfeeding.
  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual starting dose is 40 milligrams (mg) taken once daily. Your doctor may increase or decrease your individual dose from 20-80 mg based on your condition.

  • How should I take Micardis?

    Micardis should be taken at the same time every day and can be taken with or without food.
  • What should I avoid while taking Micardis?

    You should avoid becoming excessively dehydrated while taking Micardis, as this may cause low blood pressure and lead to lightheadedness or dizziness.
  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Micardis?

    If Micardis is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Micardis with digoxin.
  • What are the possible side effects of Micardis?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: upper respiratory tract infection, back pain, sinus inflammation, diarrhea

  • Can I receive Micardis if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    You should not take Micardis if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. If taken during your second or third trimester of pregnancy, Micardis can cause serious injury and even death to your unborn baby. If you become pregnant while taking Micardis, you should stop taking Micardis and tell your doctor immediately.

    The effects of Micardis during breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed while taking Micardis.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Micardis?

    If you miss a dose of Micardis, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and return to your normal dosing schedule. Do not double your next dose.
  • How should I store Micardis?

    Micardis should be stored at room temperature.