What is it and how is it used?
Telmisartan Actavis contains the active substance telmisartan which belongs to a class of medicines known as angiotensin II receptor antagonists.
Angiotensin II is a substance produced in your body, which causes your blood vessels to narrow, thus increasing your blood pressure. Telmisartan Actavis blocks the effect of angiotensin II so that the blood vessels relax, and your blood pressure is lowered.
Telmisartan Actavis tablets are used to treat essential hypertension (high blood pressure) in adults. ?Essential? means that the high blood pressure is not caused by any other condition.
High blood pressure, if not treated, can damage blood vessels in several organs which could lead sometimes to heart attacks, heart or kidney failure, strokes or blindness. There are usually no symptoms of high blood pressure before damage occurs. Thus it is important to regularly measure blood pressure to verify if it is within the normal range.
Telmisartan Actavis is also used toreduce cardiovascular events (i.e. heart attack or stroke) in patients who are at risk because they have a reduced or blocked blood supply to the heart or legs, or have had a stroke or have high risk diabetes. Your doctor can tell you if you are at high risk for such events.