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Telmisartan oral tablet is a prescription drug that’s available as the brand-name drug Micardis. It’s also available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less than the brand-name version. In some cases, they may not be available in all strengths or forms as the brand-name drug.

Why it’s used

Telmisartan is used to lower high blood pressure. Telmisartan may also be used to lower your risk for heart attack, stroke, or death from heart disease. It’s given to adults who are 55 years or older and at high risk of major heart disease events who can’t take angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.

To treat high blood pressure, telmisartan may be taken in combination with other blood pressure-lowering drugs.

How it works

Telmisartan belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. They’re often used to treat similar conditions.

Telmisartan works by blocking the effect of angiotensin. This makes your blood vessels relax more. It also allows your kidney to get rid of excess water and salt. This helps lower your blood pressure.

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