What is Tekamlo?Tekamlo is a combination of two medicines used to treat high blood pressure: aliskiren and amlodipine. It can be used alone or with other blood pressure medicines.
What is the most important information I should know about Tekamlo?If you become pregnant while taking Tekamlo, stop taking it and call your doctor right away. Tekamlo may harm an unborn baby, causing injury or death.
Aliskiren, one of the medicines in Tekamlo, can cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing and swelling of your face, lips, tongue, throat, arms and legs, or the whole body. Stop taking Tekamlo and get medical help right away if you develop any of these symptoms. Serious allergic reactions can happen at any time while you are taking Tekamlo.
Tekamlo can make you lightheaded, especially during the first days of therapy; tell your doctor if this occurs. Your blood pressure may get too low if you also take water pills (diuretics), are on a low-salt diet, get dialysis treatments, have heart problems, or get sick with vomiting or diarrhea. Lie down if you feel faint or get dizzy, and call your doctor right away. If you faint, discontinue Tekamlo until you consult your doctor.
It is rare, but when you first start taking Tekamlo or increase your dose, you may have a heart attack or your chest pain may get worse. If that happens, call your doctor right away or go directly to a hospital emergency room.
Who should not take Tekamlo?Do not take this medication if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Also, you should not take Tekamlo if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Tekamlo?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Tekamlo. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of an allergic reaction to another blood pressure medicine, kidney problems, or liver problems.
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 recommended initial dose is 150 milligrams (mg)/5 mg once daily. The dose may be increased up to 300 mg/10 mg once daily. Your doctor will adjust your dose as needed to control your blood pressure.
How should I take Tekamlo?Take Tekamlo exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Take it one time a day, about the same time each day and in the same way, either with or without a meal.
What should I avoid while taking Tekamlo?Avoid taking Tekamlo inconsistently with regard to meals.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Tekamlo?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 doctor before combining Tekamlo with the following: atorvastatin, cyclosporine, diuretics, furosemide, irbesartan, medicines for fungal infections (such as itraconazole, ketoconazole), medicines for high blood pressure or heart problems, potassium-containing medicines/potassium supplements/salt substitutes containing potassium, and verapamil.
What are the possible side effects of Tekamlo?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: swelling of the lower legs
Can I receive Tekamlo if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?You should not take Tekamlo if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant while taking Tekamlo, stop taking it and call your doctor right away. The effects of Tekamlo during breastfeeding are unknown. You and your doctor should decide if you will take Tekamlo or breastfeed. You should not do both.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Tekamlo?If you miss a dose of Tekamlo, take the missed dose 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 Tekamlo?Store at room temperature.
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