Telmisartan is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It relaxes blood vessels by blocking the action of a chemical that usually makes blood vessels tighter. This lowers the blood pressure, allowing the blood to flow more smoothly to different organs and the heart to pump more efficiently.
Q. Should Gemtel 40mg Tablet be taken in the morning or at night?
Gemtel 40mg Tablet is generally recommended to be taken once daily, either in the morning or in the evening. Consider taking it at the same time each day as it will help you to remember taking it.
Q. How long does it take for Gemtel 40mg Tablet to work?
You may see an improvement within a few days. But, the maximum benefit can be seen within 4-8 weeks of starting treatment.
Q. My blood pressure is now controlled. Can I stop taking Gemtel 40mg Tablet now?
No, do not stop taking Gemtel 40mg Tablet without consulting your doctor even if your blood pressure is controlled. Stopping it suddenly may increase your blood pressure which could be detrimental for you. Gemtel 40mg Tablet does not cure high blood pressure but controls it. So, you may have to take the medicine lifelong. Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.
Q. If I have some kidney problem, can I take Gemtel 40mg Tablet? Can it further deteriorate my kidney function?
You can take Gemtel 40mg Tablet if it has been advised by your doctor. Your doctor may ask you to get regular tests done (potassium and creatinine levels) in order to monitor your kidney function. Gemtel 40mg Tablet may cause worsening of kidney function, therefore you should contact your doctor in case you notice swelling in your feet, ankles, or hands or unexplained weight gain.
Q. I am overweight and the doctor has prescribed me Gemtel 40mg Tablet for blood pressure control. I am bothered that Gemtel 40mg Tablet can increase my weight. Is it true?
No, do not worry since Gemtel 40mg Tablet is not known to cause weight gain. In fact in animal studies Gemtel 40mg Tablet has been found to decrease fat tissue.
Q. Does Gemtel 40mg Tablet affect blood glucose levels in diabetics?
Gemtel 40mg Tablet may lower blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes. Therefore, it is essential to keep a regular track of your blood glucose levels. Talk to your doctor if you are a diabetic because the dose of insulin or antidiabetic medicines may need adjustment.
Q. Can the use of Gemtel 40mg Tablet cause hyperkalemia (increased potassium level in blood)?
Yes, Gemtel 40mg Tablet can cause hyperkalemia (increased potassium level in blood). A regular monitoring of blood potassium levels may be advised by your doctor while taking this medicine.
Q. Does Gemtel 40mg Tablet work by causing excessive urination?
No, Gemtel 40mg Tablet does not cause excessive urination and does not belong to the diuretic class of medicines. Gemtel 40mg Tablet works by relaxing the blood vessels by blocking the effect of a substance known as angiotensin II. This substance is responsible for increasing the blood pressure by narrowing down the blood vessels.
Q. Do I need to follow any precautions if I take ibuprofen and Gemtel 40mg Tablet together?
If you are taking ibuprofen and Gemtel 40mg Tablet together, you should continuously keep a check on your blood pressure and kidney function. Gemtel 40mg Tablet may enhance the side effects of ibuprofen which may further cause water retention, especially in patients taking Gemtel 40mg Tablet for heart failure. Ibuprofen may interfere with the working of Gemtel 40mg Tablet and decrease its efficiency at lowering blood pressure.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 1st Apr 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.