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Micardis HCT




Micardis HCT Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 12/21/2016

Micardis HCT (telmisartan and hydrochlorothiazide) is a combination of an angiotensin II receptor antagonist and a thiazide diuretic (water pill) used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Common side effects of Micardis HCT include:

  • dizziness,
  • lightheadedness, and
  • blurred vision as your body adjusts to the medication.

Other side effects of Micardis HCT include:

Micardis HCT may cause a loss of too much body water (dehydration) and salt/minerals. Tell your doctor if you have any symptoms of dehydration including extreme thirst, very dry mouth, muscle cramps or weakness, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, confusion, or decreased urination. Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Micardis HCT including:

  • fainting,
  • unusual changes in the amount of urine (not including the normal increase in urine when you first start this drug),
  • toe or joint pain,
  • symptoms of a high potassium blood level (such as muscle weakness, slow or irregular heartbeat),
  • decrease in vision, or
  • eye pain.

The dosage of Micardis HCT is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Micardis HCT may interact with other blood pressure medications, digoxin, blood thinners, steroids, lithium, cholestyramine, colestipol, insulin or diabetes medications you take by mouth, barbiturates, other diuretics, aspirin, NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), muscle relaxers, or narcotics. Tell your doctor all medications you are taking. Micardis HCT is not recommended for use during pregnancy due to the risk for harm to the fetus. This medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Micardis HCT Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is Patient Information in Detail?

Easy-to-read and understand detailed drug information and pill images for the patient or caregiver from Cerner Multum.

Micardis HCT in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

In rare cases, hydrochlorothiazide and telmisartan can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.

Call your doctor at once if you have a side effect such as:

  • feeling like you might pass out;
  • eye pain, vision problems;
  • swelling, rapid weight gain;
  • fast or pounding heartbeats;
  • urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • low sodium (slurred speech, hallucinations, vomiting, severe weakness, loss of coordination, feeling unsteady, seizure (convulsions), shallow breathing); or
  • low potassium (confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, limp feeling).

Other common side effects may include:

  • tired feeling;
  • flu symptoms;
  • nausea, diarrhea; or
  • cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Micardis HCT (Telmisartan and Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets)

What is Patient Information Overview?

A concise overview of the drug for the patient or caregiver from First DataBank.

Micardis HCT Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects

SIDE EFFECTS: Dizziness and lightheadedness may occur as your body adjusts to the medication. Tiredness and diarrhea may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

To reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

This product may cause a loss of too much body water (dehydration) and salt/minerals. Tell your doctor right away if you have any symptoms of dehydration or mineral loss, including: extreme thirst, very dry mouth, muscle cramps/weakness, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, confusion, decreased urination.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: fainting, unusual change in the amount of urine (not including the normal increase in urine when you first start this drug), toe/joint pain, symptoms of a high potassium blood level (such as muscle weakness, slow/irregular heartbeat), decrease in vision, eye pain.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Read the entire patient information overview for Micardis HCT (Telmisartan and Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets)

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

Micardis HCT FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)

SIDE EFFECTS

The following adverse reactions are discussed elsewhere in labeling:

Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical studies are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical studies of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical studies of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

MICARDIS HCT has been evaluated for safety in more than 1700 patients, including 716 treated for hypertension for longer than 6 months and 420 for more than 1 year. Adverse reactions have been limited to those that have been previously reported with telmisartan and/or hydrochlorothiazide.

Adverse reactions occurring at an incidence of ≥ 2% in patients treated with telmisartan/hydrochlorothiazide and at a greater rate than in patients treated with placebo, are presented in Table 1 [see Clinical Studies].

Table 1 : Adverse Reactions Occurring at an Incidence of ≥ 2% in Patients Treated with Telmisartan/Hydrochlorothiazide and at a Greater Rate Than in Patients Treated with Placebo*

  Telmisartan/ Hydrochlorothiazide
(n = 414)
Placebo
(n = 74)
Telmisartan
(n = 209)
Hydrochlorothiazide
(n = 121)
Body as a whole
  Fatigue 3% 1% 3% 3%
  Influenza-like symptoms 2% 1% 2% 3%
Central/Peripheral nervous system
  Dizziness 5% 1% 4% 6%
Gastrointestinal system
  Diarrhea 3% 0% 5% 2%
  Nausea 2% 0% 1% 2%
Respiratory system disorder
   Sinusitis 4% 3% 3% 6%
  Upper respiratory tract infection 8% 7% 7% 10%
* includes all doses of telmisartan (20 to 160 mg), hydrochlorothiazide (6.25 to 25 mg), and combinations thereof

Other adverse reactions observed for telmisartan/hydrochlorothiazide were: pain (including back and abdominal), dyspepsia, erythema, vomiting, bronchitis, and pharyngitis.

Adverse reactions occurred at approximately the same rates in men and women, older and younger patients, and black and non-black patients.

Telmisartan

Other adverse events that have been reported with telmisartan are listed below:

Autonomic Nervous System: impotence, increased sweating, flushing

Body as a Whole: allergy, fever, leg pain, chest pain

Cardiovascular: palpitation, angina pectoris, abnormal ECG, hypertension, peripheral edema

Central Nervous System: insomnia, somnolence, migraine, paresthesia, involuntary muscle contractions, hypoesthesia

Gastrointestinal: flatulence, constipation, gastritis, dry mouth, hemorrhoids, gastroesophageal reflux, toothache

Hepato-biliary: elevations of liver enzymes or serum bilirubin

Metabolic: gout, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes mellitus

Musculoskeletal: arthritis, arthralgia, leg cramps, myalgia

Psychiatric: anxiety, depression, nervousness

Resistance Mechanism: infection, abscess, otitis media

Respiratory: asthma, rhinitis, dyspnea, epistaxis

Skin: dermatitis, eczema, pruritus

Urinary: micturition frequency, cystitis

Vascular: cerebrovascular disorder

Special Senses: abnormal vision, conjunctivitis, tinnitus, earache

Hydrochlorothiazide

Other adverse events that have been reported with hydrochlorothiazide are listed below:

Body as a Whole: weakness

Digestive: pancreatitis, jaundice (intrahepatic cholestatic jaundice), sialadenitis, cramping, gastric irritation

Hematologic: aplastic anemia, agranulocytosis, leukopenia, hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia

Hypersensitivity: purpura, photosensitivity, urticaria, necrotizing angiitis (vasculitis and cutaneous vasculitis), fever, respiratory distress including pneumonitis and pulmonary edema, anaphylactic reactions

Metabolic: hyperglycemia, glycosuria

Musculoskeletal: muscle spasm

Nervous System/Psychiatric: restlessness

Renal: interstitial nephritis

Skin: erythema multiforme including Stevens-Johnson syndrome, exfoliative dermatitis including toxic epidermal necrolysis

Special Senses: transient blurred vision, xanthopsia

Clinical Laboratory Findings

Creatinine, Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN): Increases in BUN ( ≥ 11.2 mg/dL) and serum creatinine ( ≥ 0.5 mg/dL) were observed in 2.8% and 1.4%, respectively, of patients with essential hypertension treated with MICARDIS HCT tablets in controlled trials. No patient discontinued treatment with MICARDIS HCT tablets because of an increase in BUN or creatinine [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Postmarketing Experience

The following adverse reactions have been identified during post-approval use of MICARDIS HCT. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to estimate reliably their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

Blood and Lymphatic System Disorders: eosinophilia

Cardiac Disorders: atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction, tachycardia, bradycardia

Ear and Labyrinth Disorders: vertigo

General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions: asthenia, edema

Hepato-biliary: Abnormal hepatic function / liver disorder

Immune System Disorders: anaphylactic reaction

Infections and Infestations: urinary tract infection

Investigations: increased CPK

Metabolism and Nutrition Disorders: hypoglycemia (in diabetic patients)

Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Disorders: tendon pain (including tendonitis, tenosynovitis), rhabdomyolysis

Nervous System Disorders: syncope

Renal and Urinary Disorders: renal failure, renal impairment including acute renal failure

Reproductive System and Breast Disorders: erectile dysfunction

Respiratory, Thoracic and Mediastinal Disorders: coughing

Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders: drug eruption (toxic skin eruption mostly reported as toxicoderma, rash, and urticaria), angioedema (with fatal outcome)

Vascular Disorder: orthostatic hypotension

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Micardis HCT (Telmisartan and Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets)

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