Telmisartan/hydrochlorothiazide is a combination medication that can treat high blood pressure. The telmisartan aspect stops your blood vessels from narrowing. And the hydrochlorothiazide aspect prevents your body from absorbing too much salt. Combined, they can effectively lower your risk for a stroke or heart attack.
Follow your doctor and prescription label’s directions for this medication.
You’ll likely be able to take telmisartan/hydrochlorothiazide with or without food. And you may be doing this for more than four weeks before you notice any of the benefits that come from this combined medication.
With the length of time needed for the effect of this medication to take place, you should keep using it unless requested otherwise by your doctor.
When not using it, store it at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
While telmisartan/hydrochlorothiazide can be an effective medication for high blood pressure, some people should be cautious when considering it.
If you are planning on becoming pregnant, talk with your doctor right away. Using telmisartan/hydrochlorothiazide could be problematic for you and your future child.
If you find that you’re unable to urinate, please avoid taking this medication.
Lastly, if you have diabetes, make sure you don’t take telmisartan/hydrochlorothiazide with any medication that contains aliskiren.
During your time on telmisartan/hydrochlorothiazide, you may get common side effects like dizziness, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, back pain, or cold or flu symptoms.
More severe side effects that you should call your doctor for include eye pain, vision problems, light-headedness, jaundice, swelling in hands/feet, unexpected weight gain, easy bruising, unusual bleeding, and signs of an electrolyte imbalance.