telmisartan - hydrochlorothiazide
In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02244344 ||MICARDIS PLUS 80MG / 12.5MG TABLET|
|02318709 ||MICARDIS PLUS 80MG / 25MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
This is a combination product that contains two medications used to lower hypertension (high blood pressure): telmisartan and hydrochlorothiazide. It is used to treat high blood pressure for people who require treatment with both telmisartan and hydrochlorothiazide.
Telmisartan belongs to a class of medications called angiotensin II blockers, which help to lower blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels. Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic (water pill) that helps control blood pressure by getting rid of excess salt and water.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
The recommended dose is 1 tablet once daily. This medication is intended to be used by people who have not had their blood pressure well-controlled with just telmisartan, or by people who have had doses of telmisartan and hydrochlorothiazide already established.
The medication can be taken with or without food, but it should be taken consistently with respect to food intake.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important that this medication be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children. It should be left in the protective blisters until immediately before it is to be taken.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
80 mg/12.5 mg
Each bilayered, oblong-shaped, uncoated tablet, the telmisartan layer being white and the hydrochlorothiazide layer being red, marked "BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM" and "H8" on the white layer, contains telmisartan 80 mg and hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: iron oxide (red), lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, maize starch, meglumine, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone, sodium hydroxide, sodium starch glycolate, and sorbitol.
80 mg/25 mg
Each bilayered, oblong-shaped, uncoated tablet, the telmisartan layer being white and the hydrochlorothiazide layer being yellow, marked "BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM" and "H9" on the white layer, contains telmisartan 80 mg and hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: iron oxide yellow, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, maize starch, meglumine, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone, sodium hydroxide, sodium starch glycolate, and sorbitol.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take telmisartan - hydrochlorothiazide if you:
- are allergic to telmisartan, hydrochlorothiazide, or any ingredients of the medication
- are allergic to sulfa (sulfonamide) medications (e.g., sulfamethoxazole)
- are pregnant or breast-feeding
- have anuria (is able to pass little or no urine)
- have diabetes or kidney disease and are taking aliskiren
- have fructose intolerance (a rare hereditary condition)
- have galactose intolerance (a rare hereditary condition)