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What is Micardis?

Micardis (telmisartan) is prescribed to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). It's in a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs), and works by inhibiting the production of the hormone angiotensin II, which causes blood vessels to narrow so that blood flow is restricted. By hindering angiotensin II, ARBs like Micardis help blood vessels to relax and widen so that blood can flow more easily through them and so that the heart can work more efficiently. Micardis isn't a cure for hypertension, however; it's taken on an ongoing basis to help control it.

Besides being used for hypertension, Micardis is prescribed to help prevent heart attack, stroke or death from cardiovascular disease in people over 55 who are at high risk but aren't able to take other medications for this purpose. In addition, Micardis is sometimes prescribed off-label to treat diabetic nephropathy -- kidney disease or damage caused by diabetes. Off-label means that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved the drug for this use, but there is some clinical evidence suggesting it may be effective.

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