A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Known as Micardis Plus in the UK
Chemical Name: TELMISARTEN (tel-mi-SAR-tan) and HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE (hi-dro-clo-ro-THYE-a-zide)
Micardis HCT (Telmisartan/Hydrochlorothiazide)
Micardis HCT is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. This product contains two main ingredients: telmisartan and hydrochlorothiazide. Telmisartan belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). It works by relaxing blood vessels so blood can flow more easily. Hydrochlorothiazide is a "water pill." It increases the volume of urine you make, especially when you first start the medication. It also helps to relax the blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily.
Micardis HCT generic is available at Canada Pharmacy at the best price.
Take this medication orally with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily.
The active ingredients include telmisartan and hydrochlorothiazide.
The inactive ingredients include:
Micardis HCT may interact with other blood pressure medications, digoxin, blood thinners, steroids, lithium, cholestyramine, colestipol, insulin or diabetes medications you take orally, 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 of harm to the fetus. This medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding. Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction.
Side effects that may occur while taking this medication include dizziness and upper respiratory tract infections such as a cough, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat dizziness, lightheadedness, blurred vision as your body adjusts to the medication, tiredness, flu symptoms, nausea, or diarrhea.
Micardis HCT may cause dehydration. 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.