Side Effects of Telmisartan
Common side effects of telmisartan may include upper respiratory infection, back pain, and inflammation of the sinuses. Less common side effects (occurring in less than 1 percent of patients taking the medicine) may include impotence, dry mouth, migraine, and gout. Serious telmisartan side effects, such as unexplained skin rash or unexplained swelling of the head or neck, should be reported to your healthcare provider immediately.
As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with telmisartan (Micardis®). However, not everyone who takes the medicine will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate telmisartan well. When side effects do occur, they are usually minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or a healthcare provider. Serious side effects can occur, but are less common.
(The side effects discussed below are not a complete list of side effects reported with the medicine. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of telmisartan side effects with you.)
Telmisartan has been studied extensively in clinical trials, with thousands of people worldwide having been evaluated. In these studies, side effects are always documented and compared to those that occur in a similar group of people not taking the medicine. Based on these studies, the most common telmisartan side effects include:
- Upper respiratory infection, such as the common cold or flu -- up to 7 percent of people
- Back pain -- up to 3 percent of people
- Diarrhea -- up to 3 percent of people
- Inflammation of the sinuses (sinusitis) -- up to 3 percent of people.