What is this medication and its most common uses?Tekamlo is a medicine used alone or in combination with other medicines to treat high blood pressure. Tekamlo contains two medicines that work in two different ways to reduce your blood pressure: aliskiren and amlodipine.
What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?How does this medication work?
Tekamlo works by blocking a chemical in your body that causes blood vessels to narrow. By blocking this chemical, Tekamlo relaxes and widens your blood vessels, allowing your blood to flow through with less resistance. This helps to lower your blood pressure.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: By lowering your blood pressure, Tekamlo may lower your risk of a stroke or a heart attack.
When: Tekamlo may start lowering your blood pressure within 1-2 weeks. Though you may not feel an improvement or change in the way you feel, it is very important to keep taking your medicine to keep your condition under control.
How do I know it is working?
Check your blood pressure regularly. Your healthcare provider will also check your blood pressure at every visit. Following an appropriate diet and exercise plan will also affect your blood pressure results.
What are the possible side effects of this medication?The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
Tekamlo can harm your unborn baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about other ways to lower your blood pressure if you plan to become pregnant. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while taking Tekamlo.
More common side effects may include: swelling of your legs, ankles, or hands.
Less common side effects may include:
Serious allergic reactions with symptoms such as extreme swelling of your face, lips, or tongue; difficulty breathing or swallowing; chest tightness; hives; rash; swelling; itching; dizziness; vomiting; or abdominal (stomach area) pain.
Low blood pressure with symptoms such as lightheadedness, especially during the first few days of treatment with Tekamlo. Dehydration, excessive sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting can lead to an excessive fall in your blood pressure, which can cause lightheadedness and possible fainting.
Possible increased chest pain or risk of a heart attack.
Who should not take this medication?Do not take Tekamlo if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not take Tekamlo if you have diabetes and are taking another blood pressure/heart medicine called an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) (such as losartan or valsartan) or an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor (such as captopril or lisinopril).
What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Tekamlo. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have diabetes; kidney, liver, or heart problems; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: The recommended starting dose is 150/5 (150 milligrams [mg] of aliskiren and 5 mg of amlodipine) once a day. Your healthcare provider may increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.
How should I take this medication?Take Tekamlo exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Tekamlo without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Take Tekamlo the same way every day, either with or without a meal.
What should I avoid while taking this medication?Do not become pregnant while taking this medication.
Do not become dehydrated. Drink adequate amount of fluids while you are taking Tekamlo.
Do not take potassium supplements or salt substitutes that contain potassium without first talking to your healthcare provider.
What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?If Tekamlo is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Tekamlo with the following: cyclosporine, itraconazole, ketoconazole, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (such as ibuprofen or naproxen), potassium supplements, ritonavir, salt substitutes containing potassium, simvastatin, or water pills (such as amiloride, spironolactone, or triamterene).
May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Do not take Tekamlo if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Tekamlo can harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?If you miss a dose of Tekamlo, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store this medication?Store at room temperature. Protect from heat and moisture.
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