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Is Micardis A Beta Blocker
Blocks receptors: Micardis (telmisartan) is an angiotensin receptor blocker or arb. So...Your kidney makes a hormone called renin that provides one step to eventually convert angiotensin into its active form (a2). Then angiotensin2 binds to a receptor to effect a squeeze on blood vessels, increase thirst, adrenal activity and salt retension which all raise blood pressure, so the blocker stops all that and treats hypertension. ...Read more
Yes: Any drug can cause side effects. However, you'll only know if you'll suffer from them if you take the drug. Therefore, only take medications when the potential for benefit exceeds the risk for side effects. Check out the following for more information re telmisartan's potential side effects: http://www. Drugs. Com/sfx/telmisartan-side-effects. Html. ...Read more
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Telmisartan can raise your potassium a little. This does not cause symptoms. Rarely there can be a cough. Be sure to purchase the generic telmisartan rather than the brand name micardis.
All BP lowering agents can lower your BP too much. You will know this if you stand up and get light headed. ...Read more
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Substitution: The maximum dose of Benicar (olmesartan) is 40 mg/day and the maximum dose of Micaridis (M) is 80 mt/day. Both are angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) used to treat hypertension. In my practice, I always prescribe the maximum dose of an ARB, as that lowers the BP of the patient the most. If you switch to on M, I would suggest you speak to your physician about starting you on 80 mg/day of M. Good luck. ...Read more
It depends: Always use the least amount of medicine that accomplishes the goal - that's the rule. Micardis (telmisartan)hct combines Micardis (telmisartan) with a second ingredient to more aggressively lower bp. If your BP is well controlled on just Micardis (telmisartan) alone, than that's the right drug for you. If not, micardishct is a good next step. ...Read more
If a person has started taking micardis (telmisartan) since the age of about 40, are there any potential long term side effects of taking it for many years ahead.
No: It's safe for the long haul but your renal function needs to be checked at least once a year and the dose adjusted if necessary. ...Read more
ARB: They are both angiotensin receptor blockers and do the same things. ...Read more
High blood pressure: Absolutely not. Please check with your doctor and make sure your blood pressure is controlled safely before you think to stop it. Perhaps have your doc give you a prescription for a home BP monitor so you can check you numbers at home and review them with your doctor before stopping micardis (telmisartan). ...Read more
Is it okay to take Micardis (telmisartan) twice? One in the morning and another on the afternoon?
Depends: Micardis (telmisartan) is a long acting once a day medication. If you think your blood pressure is not controlled by once a day micardis, (telmisartan) the choice is to increase the dosage or add another hypertensive medication. If you are already on the highest dosage, then it's better to combine another class. ...Read more
I am taking Micardis (telmisartan) for my bp. I am 24yrs old only. If I change to healthy lifestyle, is it possible to stop my medication?
Maybe someday: Some with high blood pressure may find their blood pressure improves with correction of problems that can cause high blood pressure. For example a young person with obesity and sleep apnea may have high blood pressure that responds to weight loss and rx of the sleep apnea. Very dangerous to stop BP meds on your own and so this question should be asked of your doctor for your specific situation. ...Read more
Pprescribed Micardis (telmisartan) for BP (last couple of days). About to travel overseas in the next week, for 3 weeks. Okay to wait till I return to start?
Medication: Best answered by your personal physician, but if you cannot discuss, then consider beginning at half dose and then increasing to full dose upon returning home. Keep BP log. & take extra medication with you in case BP rises and requires full doses during the trip. Google the DASH diet to learn about healthy diet to help lower BP. Generally, try to avoid excess salt or alcohol & hydrate well. ...Read more
Yes: You need to take it at the same time every day. ...Read more
Grapefruit & micardi: Yes you can grapefruit does not interact with micardis (telmisartan). ...Read more
No problem: There are no interactions.Get a more detailed answer ›