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Can Micardis HCT interact with food?

Micardis HCT (telmisartan and hydrochlorothiazide), a drug prescribed to treat high blood pressure, isn't known to interact with foods directly, but it may interact with certain nutrients, specifically potassium and sodium.

Micardis HCT contains a diuretic (hydrochlorothiazide), which lowers blood pressure by helping your body excrete excess water and salt (sodium). However, to stay healthy, your body needs to maintain a balance between the levels of salt and potassium in your blood. For this reason, your doctor may recommend that you avoid taking supplements or using salt substitutes that contain potassium. High levels of potassium in your blood can cause a potentially life-threatening condition called hyperkalemia. If you have hyperkalemia, your heart rate can slow, causing weakness and even collapse.

If you are at high risk for hyperkalemia, your doctor may also advise you to avoid potassium-rich foods, such as bananas, oranges, potatoes and dried fruits.

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