What Is Telmisartan Used For?
Many people may wonder, "What is telmisartan used for?" Telmisartan is used to treat high blood pressure and to reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and related deaths in certain people. The medicine works by relaxing the blood vessels, which can reduce blood pressure and decrease the risks that occur with long-term high blood pressure. Telmisartan has not been approved for use in children.
Telmisartan (Micardis®) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to control high blood pressure (hypertension) and reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and related deaths in certain situations.
A blood pressure reading consists of two numbers -- for example: 120/80. The top number is known as the systolic blood pressure, and the bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure. High blood pressure is defined as an average blood pressure higher than 140/90 with multiple blood pressure readings.
Based on clinical studies, telmisartan has been shown to significantly lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The higher the dose of telmisartan, the greater the drop in blood pressure tended to be. By lowering blood pressure, telmisartan can decrease the risks that occur with long-term high blood pressure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure). Telmisartan is not a cure for high blood pressure.
Cardiovascular Risk Reduction
Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) are a very useful group of medications often used to reduce cardiovascular risks in people at high risk for such problems (even if they do not have high blood pressure).
However, not everyone can take ACE inhibitors, for various reasons. For instance, some people develop a chronic, intolerable cough due to ACE inhibitors. Telmisartan (which is not an ACE inhibitor) is approved to reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and related deaths in such people.