Micardis HCT

Generic Name: Hydrochlorothiazide/Telmisartan (HYE-droe-KLOR-oh-THYE-a-zide/TEL-mi-SAR-tan)Brand Name: Micardis HCT

Micardis HCT can cause injury or even death to a developing fetus when used after the third month of pregnancy. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away.

Micardis HCT is used for:

Treating high blood pressure. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Micardis HCT is a combination angiotensin II receptor blocker and diuretic. The angiotensin II receptor blocker works by relaxing the blood vessels. Exactly how the diuretic works to decrease blood pressure is not known, but it helps the kidneys to eliminate fluid and sodium from the body.

Do NOT use Micardis HCT if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Micardis HCT or to any other sulfonamide medicine (eg, sulfamethoxazole)
  • you are pregnant
  • you have severe liver or kidney problems or are unable to urinate
  • you are taking dofetilide, ketanserin, or lithium

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Micardis HCT :

Some medical conditions may interact with Micardis HCT . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have ever had a severe reaction (eg, swelling of the hands, face, lips, eyes, throat, or tongue; trouble swallowing or breathing; hoarseness) after taking any other angiotensin II receptor blocker or an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor (eg, captopril)
  • if you are dehydrated or have low blood volume
  • if you have high or low blood electrolyte levels (eg, sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium, calcium)
  • if you have asthma; diabetes; gout; heart problems (eg, congestive heart failure); liver, gall bladder, or kidney problems; high blood cholesterol or lipid levels; parathyroid gland problems; or systemic lupus erythematosus
  • if you have recently had nerve surgery
  • if you are taking another medicine for high blood pressure

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Micardis HCT . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Dofetilide or ketanserin because the risk of irregular heartbeat may be increased
  • ACE inhibitors (eg, lisinopril, ramipril) because the risk of kidney problems may be increased
  • Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), barbiturates (eg, phenobarbital), corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), diuretics (eg, furosemide), other medicines for high blood pressure, or narcotic pain medicines (eg, morphine) because they may increase the risk of Micardis HCT 's side effects
  • Cholestyramine, colestipol, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (eg, ibuprofen) because they may decrease Micardis HCT 's effectiveness
  • Diazoxide, digoxin, lithium, nondepolarizing muscle relaxants (eg, tubocurarine), potassium, or potassium-sparing diuretics (eg, spironolactone) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Micardis HCT
  • Diabetes medicine (eg, glipizide, metformin), insulin, or pressor amines (eg, norepinephrine) because their effectiveness may be decreased by Micardis HCT

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Micardis HCT may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Micardis HCT :

Use Micardis HCT as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Micardis HCT by mouth with or without food.
  • Do not remove Micardis HCT from the blister until you are ready to take it.
  • Drinking extra fluids while you are taking Micardis HCT is recommended. Check with your doctor for instructions.
  • Micardis HCT may increase the amount of urine or cause you to urinate more often when you first start taking it. To keep this from disturbing your sleep, try to take your dose before 6 pm.
  • If you take cholestyramine or colestipol, ask your doctor or pharmacist how to take it with Micardis HCT .
  • Continue to take Micardis HCT even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Micardis HCT , 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.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Micardis HCT .

Important safety information:

  • Micardis HCT may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or lightheadedness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Micardis HCT with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Micardis HCT may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting; alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever may increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Sit or lie down at the first sign of any of these effects.
  • Report any lightheadedness or fainting to your doctor immediately. Your risk of lightheadedness or fainting may be increased if you experience diarrhea, vomiting, excessive sweating; do not drink enough fluids; or are on a low-salt diet.
  • Patients who take medicine for high blood pressure often feel tired or run down for a few weeks after starting treatment. Be sure to take your medicine even if you may not feel "normal." Tell your doctor if you develop any new symptoms.
  • Micardis HCT may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Micardis HCT . Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Micardis HCT before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • If you have high blood pressure, do not use nonprescription products that contain stimulants. These products may include diet pills or cold medicines. Contact your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Your doctor may have also prescribed a potassium supplement for you. If so, follow the dosing carefully. Do not start taking additional potassium on your own or change your diet to include more potassium without first checking with your doctor.
  • Check with your doctor before you use a salt substitute or a product that has potassium in it.
  • Diabetes patients - Micardis HCT may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Micardis HCT may raise your blood sugar. High blood sugar may make you feel confused, drowsy, or thirsty. It can also make you flush, breathe faster, or have a fruit-like breath odor. If these symptoms occur, tell your doctor right away.
  • Micardis HCT may interfere with certain lab tests, including parathyroid function tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking Micardis HCT .
  • Lab tests, including kidney function, blood pressure, and blood electrolytes, may be performed while you use Micardis HCT . These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use Micardis HCT with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Micardis HCT should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Micardis HCT may cause birth defects or fetal death if you take it while you are pregnant. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. Micardis HCT is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Micardis HCT .

Possible side effects of Micardis HCT :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Back pain; diarrhea; dizziness; nausea; tiredness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); chest pain; confusion; decrease in sexual ability; decreased or painful urination; depression; drowsiness; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; increased or excessive sweating; muscle pain, tenderness, or cramps; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; restlessness; seizures; severe or persistent dry mouth; shortness of breath; swelling of the arms or legs; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual thirst, tiredness, or weakness; vomiting; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include confusion; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; severe or unusual dizziness.

Proper storage of Micardis HCT :

Store Micardis HCT at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Micardis HCT out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Micardis HCT , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Micardis HCT is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Micardis HCT . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

  • Micardis HCT Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Micardis HCT Detailed Consumer Information (PDR)
  • Micardis HCT Concise Consumer Information (Cerner Multum)
  • Micardis HCT Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information