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Telmisartan

Information

Uses

Telmisartan is used in the treatment of increased blood pressure , heart failure, heart attack and diabetic kidney disease

How it works

Telmisartan relaxes blood vessels which lowers the blood pressure and also reduces the workload of the heart.

Common side effects

Arterial hypotension (low blood pressure)

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Expert advice

  • Telmisartan may cause dizziness and lightheadedness. To avoid this, take the Telmisartan at bedtime, drink plenty of water and get up slowly after sitting or lying down.
  • Avoid driving, if you feel dizzy after consuming Telmisartan.
  • Avoid taking potassium supplements and potassium-rich foods such as banana and broccoli.
  • Notify your doctor immediately if you are or planning to become pregnant. 
  • Telmisartan should be discontinued a day prior to the scheduled surgery.

Frequently asked questions

Telmisartan

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 12 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)