Telvas H - 40-12.50 mg (Micardis)
US Brand Name Micardis
Strength 40-12.50 mg
Generic Name Telmisartan Hctz
Manufacturer Abbott Healthcare
Pharmaceutical Form Tablet/s

What is Telvas H-40-12.50


The full name of Telmisartan Hctz is Telmisartan and Hydrochlorothiazide which is a combination drug for the treatment of hypertension that comprised of two active ingredients, Telmisartan  and Hydrochlorothiazide. Telmisartan is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist drug that stops blood vessels from narrowing and reduces the high blood pressure. The other active component Hydrochlorothiazide is a thiazide diuretic (water pill) that prevents the patient’s body from absorbing too much salt which in turn balances the fluid level in the body. This drug is sold under various trade names including Micardis HCT and Telvas H (made by Abbott Healthcare).



Important information about Telmisartan Hctz


Avoid the consumption of Telmisartan and Hydrochlorothiazide (Micardis HCT, Telvas H), if you have known allergy to it, or if you are unable to urinate. In order to make sure that this medicine is safe for you, inform your doctor well in advance if you have following conditions: heart disease or congestive heart failure, kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis), liver disease, lupus, gout, glaucoma diabetes, asthma, or an allergy to sulfa drugs or penicillin. 


Telmisartan Hctz belongs to pregnancy category D drug. You should avoid this medicine if you are pregnant.   In case you become pregnant during the drug ingestion, contact your doctor immediately. It can cause harmful effects and might even results in death of an unborn baby, if a pregnant woman take it in second or third trimester of pregnancy. Do not take this medicine without the permission of your doctor if you are breast feeding. It may increase the potassium level in your body. Hence, avoid the potassium based products and supplements while being treated with this medicine.



Before taking Telmisartan and Hydrochlorothiazide


Prior taking Telmisartan and Hydrochlorothiazide (Micardis HCT, Telvas H), take care of all the above mentioned precautions. Consult your doctor about all the conditions and clear all the doubts pertaining to this medicine.



Dosage information


Take this medicine as per the instruction given by your physician or doctor. Do not alter the dosage until and unless your doctor advices you to do so. Also, do not take this medicine after the prescription period is over.  Go through the medicine leaflet for detailed information. This drug may take up to 4 weeks to reign in your blood pressure. Take this medicine with a full glass of water. During the treatment with Telmisartan Hctz, watch out for the symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, or excessive sweating. These conditions can leads to severe dehydration which can further cause low blood pressure. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms. Continue this medicine for many years, even if you look and feel fine. Always place this medicine in a cool and dry place.


Note: Talmisartan and Hydrochlorothiazide dosage may depend on lots of factors; your doctor may fix the dosage by examining you properly.  Strictly follow the dosage instruction prescribed by your doctor.



What if you miss a dose


If you miss a dose of Telmisartan and Hydrochlorothiazide, take the dose as soon as you remember. Be aware to skip the dose if the next dose time is close. Taking multiple dose can lead to excess medicine in your body which might cause critical conditions. 



What if you overdose


In case of overdose, get emergency medical help or call your doctor immediately.



Things and activities to avoid


Avoid the hot weather conditions, and the exercise which leads you overheated and dehydrated. Limit the consumption of alcohol. Follow your doctor’s direction about what type of regimen you should take and what fluids you should drink. It may increase the potassium level in your body. Avoid the intake of potassium supplements or regular use of salt substitutes during the medicinal treatment with this medicine.



Side Effects


Some common side effects caused with this drug are dizziness, light headedness, swelling in ankles or feet, or flushing. If any of this condition persists or deteriorate, seek medical attention immediately. It may also cause some serious side effects like fast, irregular or rapid heartbeat, or fainting, or any other, contact your doctor immediately.



Interaction with other drugs


Most of other drugs may interact with Telmisartan and Hydrochlorothiazide. Inform your doctor in advance if you are taking other medicines or related products: (OTC vitamin pills or other medicines, or herbal products), especially other blood pressure medicines, cholestyramine, cyclosporine, rafmapin, ritonavir, barbiturates, muscle relaxers, narcotic medicines, lithium, NSAIDs (ibuprofen, naproxen, or others), steroids, cholestyramine, colestipol, insulin, oral diabetes medicines, a potassium supplement such as K-Dur, Klor-Con, salt substitutes that contain potassium, or diuretics. However, these are not only the drugs that can interact with this drug. There are many others. Never start taking a new medicine without your doctor’s advice.  


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