Micardis HCT Telmisartan/Hydrochlorothiazide and/or alternatives
Micardis HCT is a combination medicine containing two active ingredients: Telmisartan and Hydrochlorothiazide. It falls under the category of cardiovascular agents, and the patient receives it in the form of oral tablets. You can buy Micardis HCT tablets in 40/12.5mg, 80/12.5mg and 80/25mg strengths. In addition to the active ingredients, the tablets also contain sodium starch glycolate, maize starch, microcrystalline cellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, sorbitol, povidone, meglumine and sodium hydroxide.
Indications & Dosage of Micardis HCT
Micardis HCT is used for the treatment of hypertension. Keeping blood pressure under control helps in decreasing risks of having certain medical conditions, including kidney or liver damage, heart attack, heart disease or stroke. Telmisartan relaxes your blood vessels so that blood flows through them more easily. Hydrochlorothiazide increases the amount of urine you pass, so that your body gets rid of extra water and salt. In some cases, this drug can also be used or protecting kidneys from diabetes or for the treatment of congestive heart failure.
The treatment usually starts with one Micardis HCT 80/12.5mg once a day. After that, it can be increased to Micardis HCT 160/25mg per day, depending on how your body responds to the treatment. You can take Micardis HCT tablets with or without meals.
Side Effects & Interactions of Micardis HCT
Blurred vision, dizziness or lightheadedness is commonly associated with Micardis HCT tablets. These are short-lived side effects of the drug and should subside on their own within a few days of starting the treatment. However, inform your doctor at once if any of these become intolerable. Also seek medical attention if you develop signs of dehydration, including decreased libido, confusion, fast heartbeat, fainting, seizures, weakness or unusual thirst.
Some of the serious side effects of the drug include:
- Decreased or increased urination
- Easy bruising or bleeding
- Unusual tiredness
- Yellowing of the eyes or skin
- Stomach or abdominal pain
- Persistent vomiting or nausea
- Muscle pain, tenderness or weakness
Some of the drugs that may interact with Micardis Plus adversely include:
- Barbiturates (e.g. amobarbital or Phenobarbital)
- Blood thinners (e.g. warfarin)
- NSAIDs (e.g. ibuprofen or etodolac)
- Diuretics (e.g. amiloride or furosemide)
- Narcotic drugs (e.g. hydrocodone or morphine)
- Muscle relaxers (e.g. baclofen or tizanidine)
- Steroids (e.g. prednisone or digoxin)
- Insulin or anti-diabetic medicines
- Potassium or sodium supplements
- Other drugs for controlling blood pressure
Warnings & Precautions of Micardis HCT
Your doctor will not recommend you to buy Micardis HCT if you have an allergy to any of the ingredients of the drug, or if you have congestive heart failure, diabetes, gout, lupus, asthma, liver disease or a kidney problem.
Micardis HCT should not be taken by pregnant women, especially during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. This drug may reach the fetus and may cause fatal harm to the unborn child. Your child may also be born with deformities as a result of this drug. Therefore, inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or if you become pregnant during treatment with Micardis HCT.
Your doctor will advise you to limit alcohol intake during Micardis HCT treatment. It may lower your blood pressure too much, which may make your condition even worse.
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