There are generic versions of Micardis (telmisartan) available. These products are available in three different strengths, just like the brand-name drug. The FDA has determined that these generic medications are equivalent to brand-name Micardis. However, the generic versions may have different inactive ingredients, which may cause problems for some people.
Micardis® (telmisartan) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and to reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and related deaths in certain individuals.
Micardis is part of a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs for short). Micardis blocks angiotensin II receptors (hence its classification as an angiotensin II receptor blocker). This decreases the effectiveness of a chemical known as angiotensin II, which normally causes blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking the effects of angiotensin II, Micardis causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure.
Micardis is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. It is also available in generic form.
Like the brand-name version, generic Micardis is available in the following three strengths:
- Telmisartan 20 mg
- Telmisartan 40 mg
- Telmisartan 80 mg.
Generic Micardis is made by various manufacturers, such as:
- Roxane Laboratories
- Watson Laboratories.
The version sold by Roxane is actually an "authorized generic," meaning it is the actual brand-name medication that is just packaged and sold under a generic name. It is exactly the same as Micardis in every way (it is even made by the same company), except it comes in a bottle with a generic name.