If you have high blood pressure, a healthcare provider may prescribe Twynsta. This medication comes in the form of a tablet and is taken once a day. It is a combination drug, and works by relaxing the blood vessels, making it easier for the heart to pump blood. Some of the possible side effects include dizziness, swelling, and back pain.
Twynsta may be a good option for people who are already taking both telmisartan and amlodipine, or who are taking one of these medications without adequate blood pressure control. This product may also be used as the first medication in people who have high blood pressure and will likely need more than one medication.
Twynsta is made by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
How Does Twynsta Work?
Telmisartan, one of the components of Twynsta, belongs to a class of medications called angiotensin II receptor blockers (or ARBs). Angiotensin II is a vasoconstrictor. This means that it causes the blood vessels to narrow, which increases blood pressure. Telmisartan works by blocking angiotensin II receptors, thus preventing angiotensin II from narrowing the blood vessels. Because the blood vessels stay relaxed, the blood pressure lowers.
Amlodipine, the other component of Twynsta, is part of a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. These medications help slow down the rate at which calcium moves into the heart and blood vessel walls. This, in turn, helps to relax the blood vessels, which improves blood flow and lowers blood pressure. It also makes it easier for the heart to pump blood.
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