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TELMIHEART - 40

Telmisartan Tablets

Medical uses

Telmiheart (Telmisartan) is indicated in the treatment of  essential hypertension.

Contraindications

Telmisartan is contraindicated during  pregnancy. Like other drugs affecting the  renin–angiotensin system (RAS), telmisartan can cause  birth defects,  stillbirths, and  neonatal deaths. It is not known whether the drug passes into the breast milk. Also it is contraindicated in bilateral  renal artery stenosis in which it can cause renal failure.

Side effects

Side effects are similar to other angiotensin II receptor antagonists and include  tachycardia and  bradycardia (fast or slow heartbeat),  hypotension (low blood pressure),  edema (swelling of arms, legs, lips, tongue, or throat, the latter leading to breathing problems), and  allergic reactions.

Interactions

Due to its mechanism of action, telmisartan increases blood  potassium levels. Combination with potassium preparations or  potassium-sparing diuretics could cause  hyperkalaemia (excessive potassium levels). Combination with  NSAIDs, especially in patients with impaired kidney function, has a risk of causing (usually reversible)  kidney failure.