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IMPORTANT WARNING:Do not take telmisartan if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant while taking telmisartan, call your doctor immediately. Telmisartan may harm the fetus.
Medication prescribed:Telmisartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Telmisartan is in a class of medications called angiotensin II receptor antagonists. It works by blocking the action of certain chemicals that tighten the blood vessels, so blood flows more smoothly.
How should this medicine be used:Telmisartan comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day with or without food. To help you remember to take telmisartan, take it around the same time every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take telmisartan exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor may start you on a low dose of telmisartan and gradually increase your dose. Telmisartan controls high blood pressure but does not cure it. Continue to take telmisartan even if you feel well. Do not stop taking telmisartan without talking to your doctor.
Other uses for this medicine:Telmisartan is also used sometimes to treat congestive heart failure. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this medication for your condition. This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Special precautions:Before taking telmisartan, tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to telmisartan or any other medications. tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking. Be sure to mention any of the following: anticoagulants ('blood thinners') such as warfarin (Coumadin); digoxin (Lanoxin); and diuretics ('water pills'). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects. tell your doctor if you have or have ever had heart failure or kidney or liver disease. tell your doctor if you plan to become pregnant or are breast-feeding.
Special dietary instructions:If your doctor prescribes a low-salt or low-sodium diet, follow these directions carefully.
If I forget a dose:Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects:Telmisartan may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: runny nose sore throat back pain sinus pain diarrhea Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, call your doctor immediately: swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs hoarseness difficulty breathing or swallowing fainting Telmisartan may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
What storage conditions:Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
In case of overdose:In case of overdose, call your local poison control center. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911. Symptoms of overdose may include: dizziness fainting rapid or pounding heartbeat
Other information:Keep all appointments with your doctor. Your blood pressure should be checked regularly to determine your response to telmisartan. Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
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