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TELMISARTAN - ORAL (tel-mi-SAR-tan)
This drug is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). This
drug works by blocking the hormone angiotensin thereby relaxing blood
vessels, causing them to widen. High blood pressure reduction helps
prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems.
This drug may also be used to treat congestive heart failure and to
help protect the kidneys from damage due to diabetes.
HOW TO USE
Take this medication by mouth, usually once daily or as directed by
your doctor. You may take this drug with or without food. Use this
medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you
remember, use it at the same time each day. Do not take potassium
supplements or salt substitutes containing potassium without talking to
your doctor or pharmacist first. This medicine can raise your potassium
levels, which rarely can cause serious side effects such as muscle
weakness or very slow heartbeats. Tell your doctor immediately if these
effects occur. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response
to therapy. For the treatment of high blood pressure, it may take 4 weeks
before the full benefit of this drug occurs. It is important to continue
taking this medication even if you feel well. Most people with high blood
pressure do not feel sick.
You may experience dizziness, lightheadedness, blurred vision, or back
pain as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects
persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Tell your
doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects
occur: fainting, decreased sexual ability. Tell your doctor immediately if
any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: change
in the amount of urine. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but
seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic
reaction include: rash, itching, swelling (especially of the face, lips,
tongue, or throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice
other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your
medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, high blood
levels of potassium, heart problems, severe dehydration (and loss of
electrolytes such as sodium), diabetes (poorly controlled), any allergies
(especially to ACE inhibitors such as captopril, lisinopril). This drug
may make you dizzy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness
such as driving or using machinery. Limit alcoholic beverages. To minimize
dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a seated or
lying position. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that
you are taking this medication. Caution is advised when using this drug in
the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug,
especially the dizziness effect. This medication should be used only when
clearly needed during the first three months of pregnancy. It is not
recommended for use during the last six months of the pregnancy due to the
risk for fetal harm. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. See
also the Warning section. It is not known if this drug passes into breast
milk. Breast-feeding is not recommended due to the potential harm to the
nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all
prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially
of: digoxin, lithium, certain non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g.,
indomethacin), potassium-sparing "water pills" (diuretics such as
amiloride, spironolactone, triamterene), "water pills" (diuretics such as
furosemide), potassium supplements (e.g., potassium chloride) or salt
substitutes. Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold
products, diet aids) because they may contain ingredients that could
increase your heart rate or blood pressure. Ask your pharmacist about the
safe use of those products. Do not start or stop any medicine without
doctor or pharmacist approval.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or
emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison
hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local
poison control center directly. Symptoms of overdose may include unusually
fast or slow heartbeat, severe dizziness or fainting.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the
time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing
schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature (77 degrees F or 25 degrees C) away from
light. This drug is sensitive to moisture. Therefore keep each dose in the
manufacturer's original packaging until right before taking it. Brief
storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) is permitted. Do
not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
This drug can cause serious fetal harm (possibly death) if used during
the last six months of pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may
be pregnant, contact your doctor immediately.
Note : This product information is intended only for residents of the India. Taj Pharmaceuticals Limited, medicines help to treat and prevent a range of conditions—from the most common to the most challenging—for people around the world.