Micardis Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Check your blood pressure as directed. Ask your doctor or health care professional what your blood pressure should be and when you should contact him or her. Call your doctor or health care professional if you notice an irregular or fast heart beat.
Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child, particularly in the second or third trimester. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can make you more drowsy and dizzy. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Avoid salt substitutes unless you are told otherwise by your doctor or health care professional.
Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds, or pain while you are taking this medicine without asking your doctor or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients may increase your blood pressure.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Changes in vision
dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting
painful urination or changes in urinary frequency
swelling in the hands, lower legs, and feet
Incidence not known
chest pain or discomfort
decreased urine output
dilated neck veins
hives or welts
joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
muscle cramps or stiffness
numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
pounding in the ears
redness of the skin
slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat
swelling of the eyelids, face, or lips
tightness in the chest
trouble breathing or swallowing
trouble with speaking or walking
trouble with thinking
unusual tiredness or weakness
unusually warm skin
weakness or heaviness of the legs
weakness, numbness, or tingling in the arms or legs
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Abdominal or stomach pain
changes in appetite
ear pain or hearing problems
general tiredness or weakness
muscle pain or spasm
runny or stuffy nose
Incidence not known
Acid or sour stomach
decreased interest in sexual intercourse
difficulty with moving
inability to have or keep an erection
lack or loss of strength
loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
stomach discomfort or upset
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.