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Composition for A2B


food interaction for A2B

alcohol interaction for A2B

pregnancy interaction for A2B

lactation interaction for A2B

It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take A2b tablet at a fixed time.
Taking Telmisartan with alcohol may lower the blood pressure.
A2b tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
A2b tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.




A2b tablet belongs to a class of medicines known as angiotensin II receptor blockers. It is used to treat high blood pressure, prevention and treatment of heart attack (myocardial Infarction) and heart failure; when heart is unable to pump sufficient blood. It is also used for kidney failure in patients with diabetes.

How it works

A2b tablet blocks the action of a substance (angiotensin II) responsible for narrowing of the blood vessels. It relaxes the blood vessels; thereby lowering blood pressure.

Common side effects

Abdominal bloating, Cough, Decreased blood pressure, Facial swelling, Hypersensitivity reaction, Itching, Muscle cramp, Pain in muscles, Vomiting


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Expert advice for A2B

  • Get your blood pressure, potassium, and kidney function checked 1 week after starting the medicine, then routinely after.
  • Consult your  doctor about any dizziness or muscle weakness that doesn't go away.
  • Get immediate medical help if you notice any swelling, especially around your head and neck.
  • Do not start or continue telmisartan tablets and consult your doctor if  you are allergic (hypersensitive) to telmisartan or to any other ingredients of the drug.

Frequently asked questions for A2B


Q. Is telmisartan safe?
Telmisartan is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. What is telmisartan used for?
Telmisartan is an angiotensin II receptor blocker that blocks the activity of angiotensin II responsible for narrowing of the blood vessels. It relaxes the blood vessels; thereby lowering blood pressure.
Q. Is telmisartan a blood thinner, ACE inhibitor, diuretic or a beta-locker?
Telmisartan is an angiotensin II receptor blocker, not a blood thinner, ACE inhibitor, diuretic, or a beta-blocker.
Q. Is telmisartan a generic?
Yes, telmisartan is a generic drug sold under several pharmaceutical brand names (Micardis, Telma, Telmate, Tazloc, Telsartan-h, etc.).
Q. Is telmisartan better than losartan or olmesartan?
Although all the three drugs have shown to be effective against the approved indications, but their effect may vary upon individual response.


Content on this page was last updated on 24 September, 2014, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)