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TELMA 40MG TABLET contains Telmisartan which belongs to the group of medicines called Angiotensin II receptor antagonists. It is used to treat essential hypertension in adults. High blood pressure that is not caused by any other condition is called as essential hypertension. It is characterized by symptoms such as early morning headaches, nosebleeds, irregular heartbeat, vision changes, buzzing in the ears, fatigue, nausea and chest pain.
It is also used to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack or stroke in adults who are known to have a reduced or blocked blood supply to the heart or legs and had a stroke or with a high risk of diabetes.
Your doctor may check your kidney function test, blood pressure and the amount of electrolytes (Ex. potassium) in your body prior to the treatment or at regular intervals during treatment with this medicine.
TELMA 40MG TABLET is not recommended for use in patients having severe liver problems such as cholestasis or biliary obstruction (flow of bile from liver stops or slows). TELMA 40MG TABLET should be used with caution in patients having diabetes, kidney disease, heart problems and raised aldosterone levels.
TELMA 40MG TABLET is not recommended for use in early pregnancy and must not be taken by women who are pregnant for more than 3 months and it is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women.
TELMA 40MG TABLET is not recommended for use in children and adolescents (up to the age of 18 years) and it should be used with caution in elderly patients (aged 65 years and above).
The most common side effect of taking TELMA 40MG TABLET is low blood pressure. Consult your doctor if the symptom worsens.
TELMA 40MG TABLET makes blood vessels to relax and thus lowers the blood pressure by blocking the effects of Angiotensin II (substance produced in your body which causes narrowing of blood vessels).
Take TELMA 40MG TABLET as advised by your physician. Swallow this medicine with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the medicine. Your doctor will decide the correct dose and duration of TELMA 40MG TABLET for you depending upon your age, body weight and disease condition.
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Stop taking TELMA 40MG TABLET and contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following side effects:
Take TELMA 40MG TABLET with or just after meals. Stick to simple meals. Avoid eating oil rich or spicy foods, sugary snacks and drinks. Avoid drinking too much liquid along with your meals. Consult your doctor if your symptom does not improve.
Drink lot of fluids such as water or fruit juice to keep yourself hydrated. Do not consume any medicine on your own to treat without consulting your doctor.
Try to rest and relax. Try to have smaller and frequent meals. Keep a heat pad on your stomach. If the symptom does not improve, consult your doctor.
Try to rest and relax. Get enough sleep. Avoid driving or operating any tools or machines while you are feeling dizzy. Do not consume too much of alcohol, as it can aggravate your dizziness. Consult your doctor if the symptom did not improve.
TELMA 40MG TABLET is not recommended in early pregnancy and must not be taken when more than 3 months pregnant, as it may cause serious harm to the baby if used after 3 months of pregnancy. Consult your doctor before taking TELMA 40MG TABLET.
TELMA 40MG TABLET is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women. Your doctor may choose another treatment especially if you want to breast-feed when your baby is new-born or born prematurely. Consult your doctor for advice before taking TELMA 40MG TABLET.
Do not drive or operate any machines if you feel dizzy or tired after taking TELMA 40MG TABLET. Consult your doctor before taking TELMA 40MG TABLET.
Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may increase the risk of low blood pressure.
TELMA 40MG TABLET should be taken with caution in patients with kidney disease, kidney artery stenosis (narrowing of blood vessels to one or both the kidneys) and with a history of kidney transplant. Consult your doctor before taking TELMA 40MG TABLET.
TELMA 40MG TABLET is not recommended for use in patients with severe liver problems such as cholestasis or biliary obstruction (flow of bile from liver stops or slows). TELMA 40MG TABLET should be used with caution in patients with liver diseases. Consult your doctor before taking TELMA 40MG TABLET.
TELMA 40MG TABLET is not recommended for use if you are allergic to Telmisartan or any other ingredients of this medicine.
TELMA 40MG TABLET should be taken with caution in patients having heart trouble or low blood pressure (due to dehydration problems, low-salt intake, diarrhoea or vomiting). Before taking TELMA 40MG TABLET consult with your doctor.
Before taking TELMA 40MG TABLET, inform your doctor if you have:
Use in pediatrics:
TELMA 40MG TABLET is not recommended for use in children and adolescents (under 18 years of age). Consult your child’s doctor for advice.
Use in geriatrics:
TELMA 40MG TABLET should be used with caution in elderly patients (aged 65 years and above). Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
A. Drug - Drug interactions:
Before taking TELMA 40MG TABLET, inform your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
If you or anyone else accidentally take too much of TELMA 40MG TABLET, consult your doctor immediately or visit the nearby hospital. The most common symptoms of overdose are low blood pressure, fast or slow heartbeat, dizziness, elevated levels of creatinine and sudden kidney failure.
|Pharmacological Category||:||Angiotensin receptor blockers|
|Therapeutic Indication||:||Essential hypertension, prevention of heart attack and stroke|
Can TELMA 40MG TABLET be used to treat high blood pressure?
TELMA 40MG TABLET can be considered as a drug of choice for high blood pressure. It contains telmisartan which helps to relax the blood vessels and then normalize the blood pressure. Although, TELMA 40MG TABLET can treat high blood pressure, you doctor might treat you with other drugs depending upon your condition.
Can TELMA 40MG TABLET cause slow heart rate?
Yes, TELMA 40MG TABLET can make your heart to beat slow. If you experience any abnormally slow heart rate with shortness of breath, feeling of fainting and spinning sensation (vertigo) consult your doctor immediately.
What precautions do I need to follow while taking TELMA 40MG TABLET?
Patients taking TELMA 40MG TABLET must inform their doctor about their pre-existing disease conditions like kidney, heart or liver problems. Consult your doctor immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms after taking TELMA 40MG TABLET.
What happens if I stop taking TELMA 40MG TABLET?
Do not stop taking TELMA 40MG TABLET without talking to your doctor first. Stopping this medicine suddenly can cause your blood pressure to spike and may increase the risk for heart attack or stroke.
Is TELMA 40MG TABLET safe to use in patients with kidney problems?
TELMA 40MG TABLET should be taken with caution in patients with kidney disease, kidney artery stenosis (narrowing of blood vessels to one or both the kidneys) and with a history of kidney transplant. Your doctor may assess your kidney functioning during treatment with this medicine to prevent the risk of kidney damage or any unusual effects. Consult your doctor before taking TELMA 40MG TABLET.
How long should TELMA 40MG TABLET be taken?
TELMA 40MG TABLET does not cure high blood pressure but controls it. Your blood pressure may decrease during the first 2 weeks of treatment, but it may take 4 weeks for you to notice the full benefit of this medicine. Consult your doctor for the exact duration of recommendation for you.
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Written By Dr. R. Dinesh John Rajkumar, Pharm.D
Last updated on 12 Oct 2022 | 06:05 PM(IST)
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