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What Is Telmisartan/Amlodipine Used For?

Telmisartan/amlodipine is approved to treat high blood pressure in people age 18 and older. It works by relaxing the blood vessels, improving blood flow, and making it easier for the heart to pump blood. Using telmisartan/amlodipine as a combination medication has been shown to be more effective at lowering blood pressure than using just one of the components of this medication.

An Overview of Uses for Telmisartan/Amlodipine

Telmisartan/amlodipine (Twynsta®) is a prescription medication licensed to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). As the name implies, it is a combination of two other blood pressure medications -- telmisartan (Micardis®) and amlodipine (Norvasc®).
 
Telmisartan/amlodipine may be a good option for people who are already taking both of these drugs together, or who are taking one of these medications without adequate blood pressure control. Telmisartan/amlodipine can also be used as the first medication in people who have high blood pressure and will likely need more than one medicine.
 

Using Telmisartan/Amlodipine for High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is a measure of the force inside your blood vessels -- both while the heart is beating and while it is relaxed. High blood pressure, known medically as hypertension, is when the force is too high. With high blood pressure, the heart has to work harder to pump blood through the body.
 
A blood pressure reading consists of two numbers: a systolic number (the top number) and a diastolic number (the bottom number). The systolic number is a measure of blood pressure when the heart is beating. The diastolic number is a measure of blood pressure when the heart is relaxed.
 
High blood pressure is usually defined as an average blood pressure higher than 140/90, over multiple blood pressure readings. However, in some cases, the goal blood pressure might be lower. For example, experts normally recommended that people with diabetes keep their blood pressure below 130/80.
 
Most people with high blood pressure do not have any symptoms. However, high blood pressure can have a negative effect on many of the body's vital organs, including the eyes, heart, brain, and kidneys. Because of these negative effects, untreated high blood pressure may lead to serious health problems, such as:
 
(Click Effects of High Blood Pressure for more information.)
 
In clinical studies, the combination medication telmisartan/amlodipine has been shown to be more effective at lowering blood pressure than either of the individual components alone. By lowering blood pressure, telmisartan/amlodipine can reduce the risk of developing the health problems associated with long-term hypertension.
 
This medication is not a cure for high blood pressure, however -- if it is stopped, it is likely that blood pressure will increase. Telmisartan/amlodipine may be used alone or in combination with other blood pressure medications.
 
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