MICARDIS HCT/PLUS (Telmisartan/ Hydrochlorothiazide)
MICARDIS HCT/PLUS (Telmisartan/ Hydrochlorothiazide)
MICARDIS HCT/PLUS (Telmisartan/ Hydrochlorothiazide)
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MICARDIS HCT/PLUS (Telmisartan/ Hydrochlorothiazide)

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What is this medication?

MICARDIS HCT/PLUS (Telmisartan/Hydrochlorothiazide)
Antihypertensive Agent, Angiotensin II Receptor Blocker, Diuretic, Thiazide

Brand Name US: Micardis HCT
Canadian Equivalent: Micardis Plus

MICARDIS HCT/PLUS (Telmisartan/Hydrochlorothiazide) is officially indicated for hypertension and cardiovascular risk reduction (may also be used for conditions not listed).

How does this medication work?

Angiotensin II constricts blood vessels and stimulates the release of aldosterone. Aldosterone increases sodium and water reabsorption which increases blood volume thereby elevating blood pressure. Telmisartan inhibits angiotensin II resulting in the opposite effect.

Hydrochlorothiazide lowers blood pressure by inhibiting sodium reabsorption in the distal tubules which causes increased loss of sodium, water, potassium, and hydrogen ions (lower blood volume results in decreased pressure). It is also believed to lower peripheral vascular resistance (by relaxing blood vessels).

How should I take this medication?

Oral: Take 80mg/12.5mg once daily. May increase dose to 160mg/25mg once daily if blood pressure remains uncontrolled after 2 to 4 weeks of therapy.

How to Take: Take with or without food.

What should I watch for while using this medication?

Before starting MICARDIS HCT/PLUS (Telmisartan/Hydrochlorothiazide), make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take, if you have kidney disease, an electrolyte imbalance, liver disease, are pregnant or breastfeeding.  Telmisartan/Hydrochlorothiazide use has been associated with rare but serious adverse events such as angioedema, electrolyte disturbances, gout, hypersensitivity, hypotension, ocular effects, photosensitivity, renal function deterioration, skin cancer, and sulfonamide allergy.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible.  However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose.  Do not take double or extra doses.

How should I store this medication?

Keep out of the reach of children at all times.  Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C).  Protect from light.  Keep the container tightly closed.  Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.

What are the possible side effects of using this medication?

Dizziness, fatigue, erythema, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, dyspepsia, vomiting, back pain, increased blood urea nitrogen, increased serum creatinine, upper respiratory tract infection, sinusitis, flu-like symptoms, bronchitis, pharyngitis.

Note this is not a complete list of side effects for MICARDIS HCT/PLUS (Telmisartan/Hydrochlorothiazide), only common ones.