Micardis is used to treat high blood pressure in adults; it is also approved to reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and related deaths in certain groups of people. While Micardis is not a cure for high blood pressure, it is effective in lowering both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Currently, Micardis is not approved for use in children.
Micardis® (telmisartan) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to control high blood pressure (hypertension) and to 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, Micardis has been shown to significantly lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The higher the dose of Micardis, the greater the drop in blood pressure tended to be. By lowering blood pressure, Micardis can decrease the risks that occur with long-term high blood pressure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure). Micardis 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. Micardis (which is not an ACE inhibitor) is approved to reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and related deaths in such people.