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What should I know about Micardis HCT before taking it?

Talk to your doctor before taking Micardis HCT (telmisartan/hydrochlorothiazide):
  • if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or breastfeeding
  • if you have diabetes, gout, asthma, high blood cholesterol or triglycerides, heart problems, kidney, liver or gall bladder problems, a parathyroid gland problem or lupus
  • if you have abnormal blood electrolyte levels, or if you have low blood volume or suffer from dehydration
  • if you recently had nerve surgery
If you must have surgery, no matter how minor, while taking Micardis HCT, tell your surgeon or dentist that you are taking Micardis HCT. It can affect blood sugar levels. People with diabetes may need to monitor their blood sugar more closely and may need their diabetes medications adjusted. Micardis HCT can make you more sensitive to sunlight. Wear sunblock and use sun protection, and avoid being in the sun for a long time.

Micardis HCT can cause dizziness, lightheadedness and fainting, especially when standing up from a seated or reclining position. Stand up slowly to reduce the risk of dizziness or fainting. If you experience lightheadedness or fainting while taking Micardis HCT, talk to your doctor to make sure it is not a sign of serious side effects. Micardis HCT might make you feel run down for a few weeks after you start taking it. This is normal and not a cause for concern. Continue taking your medication, but talk to your doctor about any new side effects that develop. You should avoid drinking alcohol while taking Micardis HCT. Do not drive or do other dangerous tasks until you know how Micardis HCT will affect you.

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