You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to telmisartan or hydrochlorothiazide, or to sulfa drugs. Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant or if you are have trouble urinating.
Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
You may take this medicine with or without food.
Be sure to drink plenty of fluids if you exercise, sweat more than usual, or have diarrhea or vomiting while you are using this medicine.
If a dose is missed:
If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using other blood pressure medicines, or a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin®). Tell your doctor if you use other diuretics or "water pills." Some examples of a diuretic include furosemide, metolazone, spironolactone, triamterene, Aldactone®, Demadex®, Lasix®, Lozol®, Maxzide®, and Zaroxolyn®.
Tell your doctor if you are also using cholestyramine (Questran®), colestipol (Colestid®), digoxin (Lanoxin®), or lithium. Make sure your doctor knows if you are using steroids, ACTH, muscle relaxers, or pain or arthritis medicine. Your doctor should also know if you use insulin, or diabetes medicine that you take by mouth (such as glyburide, metformin, Actos®, Glucophage®, Glucotrol®).
Do not use potassium tablets or salt substitutes that contain potassium, unless your doctor tells you to.
Tell your doctor if you are using any medicines that make you sleepy. These include sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain relievers, and sedatives.Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are breast feeding, or if you have liver disease, diabetes, cirrhosis, kidney disease, lupus, congestive heart failure, gout, asthma, or high cholesterol.
Your doctor will need to check your blood or urine at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect the results of certain medical tests.