Micardis General Information
Micardis is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist (ARB).
Micardis is indicated for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension). It can be used alone or in combination with other antihypertensive medicines.
Micardis is a once-daily medication that works 24 hours a day. This means Micardis is still working in the early morning, up until the next pill is taken, providing a full 24-hour blood pressure control.
Micardis works by decreasing certain chemicals in the body that cause blood vessels to constrict (narrow).
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Take Micardis exactly as directed.
Take Micardis by mouth with or without food. The usual starting dose of Micardis tablets is 40 mg once a day, but dosage must be individualized. Blood pressure response is dose-related over the range of 20 mg to 80 mg.
The antihypertensive effect is apparent after the first dose and maximal reduction is generally attained after 4 weeks.
Try to take Micardis at the same time every day.
If you miss a dose of Micardis, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light.
Do not store in the bathroom.
Micardis Possible Side Effects
Infrequent side effects such as dizziness, diarrhea, stomach upset, stuffed nose or dry mouth may occur the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication.
If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor.
Unlikely to occur but report promptly abdominal pain, persistent sore throat, muscle weakness, unusual fatigue, joint or muscle aches, fever or major change in the amount of urine eliminated.
In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness or breathing trouble.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor your medical history, including any pre-existing kidney or liver disease, congestive heart failure, diabetes or any allergies, especially drug allergies.
To avoid dizziness and lightheadedness when rising from a seated or lying position, get up slowly.
Also limit your intake of alcoholic beverages which will aggravate these effects.
Use caution performing tasks requiring alertness if this medication causes you to feel dizzy.
Caution is advised when this drug is used in the elderly.
This medication can cause harm to a fetus and its use is not recommended during pregnancy.
Consult your doctor before using this medication.
It is not known if this drug is excreted into breast milk.
Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Micardis Missed Dose
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Tell your doctor of all over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take including any other drugs for blood pressure (e.g., diuretics-"water pills").
Do not take any over-the-counter medication for allergies or cough or colds without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
Many of the products contain ingredients which may interact with the effects of this medication.
Also, tell your doctor of any aspirin or aspirin-like pain or fever medications that you use and of other drugs that can cause kidney problems such as amphotericin, gentamicin, etc.
Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.