What should I know when using Micardis HCT?

When taking Micardis HCT (telmisartan and hydrochlorothiazide), you should know why your doctor is prescribing this medication and what you can expect from taking it. Micardis HCT is a drug prescribed to treat high blood pressure. It contains two active ingredients that work in different ways. Telmisartan is in a category of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers, or ARBs. These drugs help blood vessels stay open by blocking the artery-constricting effects of a chemical called angiotensin. Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic; it reduces blood pressure by helping your body excrete excess water and salt into urine.

You should know that while Micardis HCT can help keep your blood pressure in a healthy range, it is not a cure. If you stop taking the medicine, your blood pressure could go up again. You should take Micardis HCT exactly as your doctor tells you to. Do not take more or less or take it more or less frequently than prescribed, and do not stop taking the medicine without consulting your doctor first. You should follow your doctor's recommendations for exercising and eating a healthy diet to help reach and maintain a healthy blood pressure.

When using Micardis HCT, you should know that this drug can interact with a number of other medications and supplements, possibly raising your risk for side effects. Before starting treatment with Micardis HCT, give your doctor and pharmacist a list of all your other medicines (prescription and nonprescription) as well as any dietary and herbal supplements that you take. Once you begin taking Micardis HCT, check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new supplement or drug.

It's important to know that Micardis HCT may not be safe for people who have certain health conditions, especially liver, kidney, gallbladder or bile duct problems or systemic lupus erythematosus. Before starting treatment with Micardis HCT, give your doctor a detailed medical history, including any health problems you are having currently or have had in the past. Be careful to mention if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a drug, especially telmisartan, hydrochlorothiazide or any sulfa drug. Once you are taking Micardis HCT, update your doctor on any changes in your health status.
You should know that Micardis is not safe to take if you're pregnant or breastfeeding. This drug may harm or cause death to a developing fetus and may be dangerous for a nursing baby.

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