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What is Telmisartan used for?

Telmisartan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). It is in a group of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers. Telmisartan works by blocking a substance, angiotensin, thereby relaxing blood vessels. This action lowers the blood pressure and increases the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart. Reduction of high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What are the side effects of Telmisartan?

Like other medicines, Telmisartan can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Telmisartan are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Telmisartan cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Telmisartan develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Telmisartan can cause side effects such as blurred vision, lightheadedness, back pain, stomach pain, headache, heartburn, back pain, runny nose, and dry mouth. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Telmisartan.

What is the recommended dosage of Telmisartan?

The dosage of Telmisartan prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Telmisartan may be taken with or without food.

What if you miss a dose of Telmisartan?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Telmisartan medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Telmisartan?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Telmisartan, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Telmisartan?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Telmisartan.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Telmisartan, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Telmisartan can interact with certain non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and potassium supplements.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Telmisartan?

Is it possible for me to take Telmisartan with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Telmisartan?
What are the possible drug interactions of Telmisartan?
How will Telmisartan work in my body?
How should Telmisartan be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Telmisartan drug interactions and side effects?

Where can I buy Telmisartan over the counter?

 This medication is available only with the doctor's prescription.

Can I buy Telmisartan without a prescription?

Telmisartan without prescription is not available as it is only available with doctor's prescription.


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Telmisartan is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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