What should seniors know before taking Micardis HCT?

Before taking Micardis HCT (telmisartan and hydrochlorothiazide), seniors should know why their doctors are prescribing the drug for them and what to expect from taking it. Micardis HCT treats high blood pressure. Its two active ingredients work in different ways. Telmisartan is in a category of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers, or ARBs. These drugs block the artery-constricting effects of a chemical called angiotensin, enabling blood to flow more easily through the blood vessel. Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic; it lowers blood pressure by helping your body excrete excess water and salt into your urine.

Seniors should know that in studies, Micardis HCT was as effective when taken by people ages 65 and older as it was when taken by younger people. What's more, seniors were no more likely to experience side effects than younger people. However, seniors may be at increased risk of kidney problems if they take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) along with Micardis HCT, so your doctor may monitor you closely if you take both of these drugs. To minimize your risk of drug interactions, you should give your doctor and pharmacist a list of all your other medicines (prescription and nonprescription), as well as dietary and herbal supplements, before you start taking Micardis HCT. Once you're on Micardis HCT, do not take any new drug or supplement without checking with your doctor and/or pharmacist first.

Before starting treatment with Micardis HCT, you should also give your doctor a detailed medical history, including current and past health conditions. Be especially careful to mention if you have had kidney or liver disease, heart failure, gallstones or blockage of the bile duct, diabetes, gout, lupus or thyroid or parathyroid disease. Once you start taking Micardis HCT, update your doctor on any changes in your health status.

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