Micardis
DESCRIPTION

Micardis is what is known as an angiotensin II receptor antagonist. One of the main components of Micardis is telmisartan. It can be consumed in quantities of either 20mg, 40mg, or 80mg.

How It Works

Angiotensin II is a hormone present within the body. This hormone is responsible for causing the peripheral blood vessels to constrict. It is also what activates the production of aldosterone. Aldosterone is the substance which causes kidneys to retain both salt and water, increasing pressure in the blood vessels. As an antagonist, Micardis works by inhibiting the action of the angiotensin II with its receptor. This causes the blood vessels to widen. It also helps in releasing a greater amount of fluid from the body. Combined, these two actions aid in the lowering of the blood pressure.

Uses

Micardis is typically given to individuals suffering from hypertension. It can also be prescribed to reduce the possibility of heart attacks and strokes, particularly in older people.

Dosage

Micardis must only be taken once a doctor has determined that you are a viable candidate for the treatment. As Micardis can be utilized to treat more than one condition, a physician will have to decide the best possible dose for your particular issue. It is important that you do not deviate from the prescription that you have been provided with. Either increasing or decreasing the amounts of Micardis that you are taking without warning may cause several negative repercussions.

Therefore, any changes to Micardis amounts must be first approved by a physician.

In the case of hypertension, individuals can expect to be given amounts between 20mg to 80mg, depending on the symptoms. This is to be taken once a day.

To reduce the risk of cardiovascular issues, the recommended amount may be about 80mg, once a day.

Side Effects

There are many individual reactions to taking Micardis. As such, you may experience one or more of the adverse reactions mentioned below:

Discomfort in the stomach region
Presence of excessive gas
Back pain
Cough
Deviations in appetite
Cough
Loose stools
Dryness in mouth
Discomfort in the ear
Difficulty with hearing
Fever

In most instances, you will find that many if not all of these issues disappear quite quickly. If this does not happen, however, it is best to consult a doctor immediately.

Precautions

Micardis can prove to be fatal to a fetus. Therefore, this medication should not be taken while you are pregnant.

The consumption of Micardis should also be avoided if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Micardis.

Depending on your condition, you may not be able to take Micardis if you have a kidney disease.

It is important to tell your doctor if you are having any muscle pain at all or are experiencing any other ill feelings. Although rare, Micardis can cause the loss of skeletal muscle tissue and kidney failure.

Individuals with diabetes should not use Micardis in combination with any drug containing aliskiren.

Information that you should share with your physician includes:

Dehydration
Kidney issues
Liver problems
Heart condition
Consuming a low salt diet

Self-Care

It is important that you use adequate birth control while on Micardis. If you do become pregnant you should stop taking Micardis instantly.

Do not breastfeed while taking Micardis, even though it is not known whether it can cause any harm to a baby.

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