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A: def. a question for your doc or pharmacist, I wouldn’t listen to anyone’s advise on here about your health.

Q: What generic drugs are similar to Micardis?
Which antihypertensive drugs 1)work like Micardis or 2) are well-tested and are available as generics?

A: Micardis (telmisartan) is in a group of drugs called angiotensin II receptor antagonists. I don’t think it has a generic available yet, this type of drug is included in a newer class of drugs used to treat high blood pressure. It’s a good med, but pretty expensive.

Other angiotensin-II receptor antagonists that have been labeled for use in hypertension by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are losartan (Cozaar), valsartan (Diovan), irbesartan (Avapro), and candesartan (Atacand).
If cost is your concern, you might want to ask your physician which of the above is more affordable, or if there is something else you can try.

Hope this helps.

Q: Can Crestor, Niaspan or Micardis cause problems in my sperm that could lead to birth defects?
My wife and I want to start trying to get pregnant but we don’t know if I should go off my prescription meds for a while before starting. And if I do go off of them, what would be a safe amount of time? I’m currently taking Crestor, Niaspan and Micardis.

A: Whoa. Before going off any of those meds you need to speak with your DR. I am assuming you are taking them for hypertension and cholesterol? If you stop these meds you are putting your own health at risk having uncontrolled hypertension.
I would really sit and have a meeting with your DR and discuss your concerns, and see if its safe for you to stop these meds.
You seem pretty smart that you are already thinking of the adverse effects that your meds could have. I’m sure your wife appreciates that…however Im sure she also wants a healthy hubby! Good luck and I hope you can find a solution with your DR.

Q: Does anyone have any experience with Micardis?
Today, I was given sample packets of Micardis (40 mg telmisartan). I am hesitant to start taking it right away without seeking a second opinion, in part because I’ve heard once you start taking a medication for high blood pressure, you can’t stop (or risk even more serious damage). Is this true?

Further, while on this type of medication, activities/diet is limited. Since alcohol is avoided, does this mean all alcohol must be avoided?

A: I take micardis and i haven’t had any major side effects from it, and i also drink two beers a day without any adverse effects.

Q: is it safe to drink wine with metoformin, micardis and hctz?
if I take my medications in the a.m. is it okay to drink wine in the evening?

A: No, if the instructions tell you not to mix the alcohol with your prescription drugs. There will still be a therapeutic level of the drugs in your bloodstream. If you are hard up, drink your wine at breakfast, when drug levels are lowest. Always follow your prescription instructions & ask your doctor or pharmacy if you have questions.

Q: Should taking Micardis for high blood pressure and Wellbutrin for anxiety have negative drug interactions?
My doctor has prescribed Micardis for high blood pressure and Wellbutrin for anxiety. I have been taking it together for 3 weeks now and am having some negative side effects. Excessive sweating, trouble sleeping, tiredness, headache and lowered sex drive are some of my symptoms. Would these side effects be more related to the Wellbutrin or the Micardis? or the combination of the two? Does anyone know of a good blood pressure medicine that does not make you tired or effect one’s sex drive for a 36 year old male?

A: both drugs can cause side effects… the micardis generally cause dizziness and headaches and faintness it occurs if the body supply of water has been depleted by diuretics( water pill) however the wellbbutrin can also cause insomina and dizziness and also lowered sex drive.

Q: is it posible to decrease sperm count when you are taking some hypertenciv drugs, like micardis and zanidib?

A: It depends, did you read the side effects on what it can do to reduce, or even increase the sperm count?? If you cant find it, try Googling it. Thats what I do. :)

Q: Can I take Diaformin, insulin, micardis, efexor and crestor together?
Does this mixture of drugs cause any strong reactions

A: call the pharmacist and ask. they should know.

Q: my endocrinologist wants to takr mrm off amiodarone because of high idoine content replacing with micardis?
is this advisable

A: We can’t know from what you tell us. That is a complex decision to make.

Q: i have high blood pressure and would like to know if is it best to take micardis before or after workout?
weight train, biking, hiking, etc

darn it… just popped the pill
but good poin my blood pressure rises when i go to bed

A: I have high blood pressure as well and work out. I however take my medicine before I go to bed and I do not have any problems.

Q: i take micardis blood pressure pills . my blood sugar is elevated could it the pills ty?

A: Not likely.

Q: I took Micardis 80mg this morning and forgot and took it again tonight. What can happen?

A: I take Micardis 80 plus a forty as well . In my experience nothing will happen !
Cheers Pete

Q: can I safely take Micardis (40 mg) and Norvasc (5 mg) for elevated Blood Pressure?
Having been on Lotrel 2.5/10 for years, I was switched to Micardis. B/P wasn’t lowering so doctor added Norvasc. I am feeling horrible..week, sore, ache in the bones…B/P is more normal but I feel icky.

A: It is unusual for either of these medications to cause the symptoms you are describing. It might be a coincidence and indeed you are fighting a little bit of a virus.

Alternatively if your pressure was quite high (>170) and now it is normal (120) then some people feel tired and slow initially. That’s a big change in a short time. People will describe it as not having their morning cup of coffee. Typically this feeling will resolve over a three to four weeks. If you think this might be the case, then you could back off on the doses for a couple weeks and work back up to the current dose in two to four weeks – provided you have the blessing of your doctor.

Good luck.

Q: what type of side effect does telmisartan micardis have?
it is a medication for high blood pressuer

BRAND NAME(S): Micardis

WARNING: This drug can cause serious fetal harm (possibly death) if used during the last six months of pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor immediately.

USES: This drug is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). This drug works by blocking the hormone angiotensin thereby relaxing blood vessels, causing them to widen. High blood pressure reduction helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems.

OTHER USES: This drug may also be used to treat congestive heart failure and to help protect the kidneys from damage due to diabetes.

HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth, usually once daily or as directed by your doctor. You may take this drug with or without food. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day. Do not take potassium supplements or salt substitutes containing potassium without talking to your doctor or pharmacist first. This medicine can raise your potassium levels, which rarely can cause serious side effects such as muscle weakness or very slow heartbeats. Tell your doctor immediately if these effects occur. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. For the treatment of high blood pressure, it may take 4 weeks before the full benefit of this drug occurs. It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well. Most people with high blood pressure do not feel sick.

SIDE EFFECTS: You may experience dizziness, lightheadedness, blurred vision, or back pain as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: fainting, decreased sexual ability. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: change in the amount of urine. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling (especially of the face, lips, tongue, or throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Q: Are there any Hypertension meds that do not cuse chronic fatigue? i was on micardis and Diovan, tired 24/7?

A: Have you told your doctor about the fatigue and has he/she done any blood tests etc, to rule out any other underlying conditions?

Your doctor should try a few different meds to see which one best suites you, remember many medication may have a side affect.

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