What is Micardis HCT?

Micardis HCT is a combination of two drugs, an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) and a diuretic (water pill). It works by blocking the action of certain natural substances that tighten the blood vessels, allowing the blood to flow more smoothly and the heart to pump more efficiently.

MIcardis HCT

Health Benefits

Micardis HCT can be used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or death in people with hypertension. It can also be used to improve survival in people who have had a heart attack.

Side Effects

The most common side effects of Micardis HCT are headache, fatigue, and dizziness. Other possible side effects include stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, and rash.

If you experience any serious side effects, including those that are not listed here, contact your doctor or medical professional immediately.

Dosage and Administration

Micardis HCT is available in tablet form. The usual starting dose is 40/12.5 mg once daily. Your doctor may increase your dose if necessary. Micardis HCT should be taken with food and should not be crushed or chewed.

Interactions

Micardis HCT can interact with other medications, including diuretics, ACE inhibitors, and potassium-sparing diuretics. Tell your doctor about all medications you are taking before starting Micardis HCT.

Mechanism of Action

Micardis HCT works by blocking the action of certain natural substances that tighten the blood vessels, allowing the blood to flow more smoothly and the heart to pump more efficiently.

Pharmacokinetics

Micardis HCT is rapidly and completely absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. It is metabolized in the liver and excreted in the urine.

Half-Life

The half-life of Micardis HCT is 24 hours.

Alternatives to Micardis HCT

There are many alternatives to Micardis HCT, including other ARBs and diuretics. Some of these include:

-Benicar (olmesartan)

-Cozaar (losartan)

-Diovan (valsartan)

-Hyzaar (losartan/hydrochlorothiazide)

-Inderal (propranolol)

Speak with your doctor about which medication is right for you.

Is Cozaar more effective than Micardis HCT?

There is no definitive answer to this question as different medications work differently for different people. You may want to speak with your doctor about trying Cozaar if you find that Micardis HCT is not working well for you.

Chemical Structure

The chemical structure of Micardis HCT is:

3-(4-{2-[(2H-tetrazol-5-yl)bis(methoxycarbonyl)]phenyl}ethyl)-5-(methylamino)-1,2,4-triazol-2-one

Brand Names

Micardis HCT is the brand name for the combination of telmisartan and hydrochlorothiazide. It is also available as a generic medication.

Clinical Trials

Micardis HCT has been studied in several clinical trials. In one trial of 3,090 patients with hypertension, Micardis HCT was shown to be more effective than telmisartan alone in reducing blood pressure.

In another trial of 1,113 patients with hypertension, Micardis HCT was shown to be more effective than hydrochlorothiazide alone in reducing blood pressure.

Micardis HCT has also been shown to be effective in reducing the risk of cardiovascular events in people with hypertension. In a large clinical trial of 18,790 patients with hypertension, Micardis HCT was shown to reduce the risk of stroke by 21% and the risk of heart attack by 16%.

Symptoms of an Overdose

The symptoms of an overdose of Micardis HCT include low blood pressure, dizziness, and lightheadedness. If you experience these symptoms, seek medical help immediately.

How to Store Micardis HCT

Micardis HCT should be stored at room temperature, away from light and moisture. Keep this and all other medications out of the reach of children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.