Co-Micardis is a combination of two active substances, telmisartan and hydrochlorothiazide in one tablet.
Both of these substances help to control high blood pressure.
-Telmisartan belongs to a group of medicines called angiotensin II receptor antagonists.
Angiotensin-II is a substance produced in your body which causes your blood vessels to narrow thus increasing your blood pressure.
Telmisartan blocks the effect of angiotensin II so that the blood vessels relax, and your blood pressure is lowered.
-Hydrochlorothiazide belongs to a group of medicines called thiazide diuretics, which cause your urine output to increase, leading to a lowering of your blood pressure.
High blood pressure, if not treated, can damage blood vessels in several organs, which could lead sometimes to heart attack, heart or kidney failure, stroke, or blindness.
There are usually no symptoms of high blood pressure before damage occurs.
Thus it is important to regularly measure blood pressure to verify if it is within the normal range.
HOW TO USE
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.The recommended dose is one tablet a day.
Try to take a tablet at the same time each day.
You can take Co-Micardis with or without food.
The tablets should be swallowed with some water or other non-alcoholic drink.
It is important that you take Co-Micardis every day until your doctor tells you otherwise.
Do not take: •if you are allergic to telmisartan or any other ingredients of this medicine.
•if you are allergic to hydrochlorothiazide or to any other sulfonamide-derived medicines.
•if you are more than 3 months pregnant.
(It is also better to avoid Co-Micardis in early pregnancy).
•if you have severe liver problems such as cholestasis or biliary obstruction (problems with drainage of the bile from the liver and gall bladder) or any other severe liver disease.
•if you have severe kidney disease.