How does Micardis HCT differ from Micardis?

Both Micardis (telmisartan) and Micardis HCT are prescribed to treat high blood pressure, or hypertension, but they differ in the way they work. Micardis is an angiotensin II blocker (ARB) that works by blocking the action of hormones in blood vessels that cause them to constrict. Micardis HCT does the same thing, but it also contains hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic (water pill) that also helps lower blood pressure by increasing the excretion of sodium from your body.

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