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Micardis

Micardis

Micardis tablets are a prescription-only medication for lowering high blood pressure.  Micardis tablets contain the active ingredient telmisartan. The tablets also contain povidone (K25), meglumine, sodium hydroxide, sorbitol (E420) and magnesium stearate. More information

A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.

What are Micardis tablets?

Micardis tablets are a prescription-only medication for lowering high blood pressure. 
Micardis tablets contain the active ingredient telmisartan. The tablets also contain povidone (K25), meglumine, sodium hydroxide, sorbitol (E420) and magnesium stearate. 

What are Micardis tablets for?

Micardis tablets are an antihypertensive medication used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) in adults. The active ingredient telmisartan is an angiotensin receptor blocker, which widens blood vessels, reducing blood pressure. Micardis tablets can also be used to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke or death from cardiovascular causes in adults 55 years of age or older. 

How to take Micardis tablets?

Micardis tablets should be taken once daily. 

Dosage

Micardis tablets are available in doses of 20, 40 and 80 mg. The recommended dose for treatment of hypertension is 20-80 mg daily. For cardiovascular risk prevention, the recommended dose is 80 mg once daily. 

Side effects

Some people may experience the following side effects after taking Micardis tablets: 

  • Headache; 
  • Fatigue/weakness/drowsiness; 
  • Syncope (fainting)/vertigo/dizziness; 
  • Upper respiratory tract infections;
  • Diarrhoea/abdominal pain/dyspepsia/flatulence/vomiting; 
  • Impotence; 
  • Allergic reaction; 
  • Angioedema (swelling); 
  • Urinary tract infection;
  • Anaemia; 
  • Hyperkalaemia (high potassium levels);
  • Insomnia;
  • Depression;
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure); 
  • Bradycardia (abnormally slow heart rate);
  • Dyspnoea (laboured breathing)/cough/chest pain;
  • Pruritis (itching)/rash; 
  • Back pain/myalgia. 

Rare but serious side effects include anaphylactic reaction and acute renal failure.

See the package leaflet for more information on side effects. 

Who should not take Micardis tablets?

Micardis tablets are not suitable for anyone who is hypersensitive to telmisartan or any of the ingredients. Micardis tablets are not suitable for those with severe liver impairment or biliary obstructive disorders. Caution should be applied in those also on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs due to risk of kidney failure. 

Pregnancy / driving ability / alcohol

Micardis tablets are not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding. 

Micardis tablets may affect driving ability and machinery use if drowsiness or dizziness are experienced.

Alcohol consumption should be avoided while taking Micardis tablets as it can increase the chances of a hypoglycaemic coma.