A tablet that is commonly used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). Reducing hypertension helps to prevent strokes, myocardial infarctions, kidney problems, and others. Doctors may also prescribe this medication for other purposes not listed in this document. While the active ingredient of this medication is Telmisartan, it also contains other inactive ingredients such as magnesium stearate, meglumine, povidone, sodium hydroxide, and others. Sartel 40 mg belongs to a group of medications called angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Telmisartan works by relaxing the blood vessels, which helps blood flow more easily.
The manufacturer of Sartel 40 mg is Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
How to Use Sartel 40 mg?
One pill daily is considered the recommended dose or as directed by your doctor. In case you are not noticing the desired result, your healthcare professional may change the dosage and brand of the medicine. Administer the pill whole by mouth with a glass full of water and avoid other beverages such as alcohol because it may increase the risk of adverse effects. While swallowing, you should not break, crush, or chew the tablet. To get the most benefit from Sartel 40 mg, you should follow the doctor’s recommendations carefully such as taking the tablet at the same time each day. Do not use this medicine more often than your healthcare professional prescribes because it will not treat your condition faster. To reduce the risk of upset stomach or nausea, you can administer this medicine with light food or milk.
Measure carefully the dose with a special spoon, if you intend to use the liquid form of Telmisartan. Do not use a household spoon because you may get the wrong dose. Inform your healthcare professional if your condition lasts or if it worsens.
The dosages fluctuate among patients. It depends on your response to treatment, age, other medicines that you may be using, the severity of your medical condition, and weight (for children only). Thereby, physicians prescribe different dosages for their patients. If you are unsure what dosage is better for you, avoid using Sartel 40 mg or consult a doctor. In addition, continue using this drug even if you feel well because if you stop the treatment suddenly without the doctor’s recommendation, symptoms may return. Hence, your condition may become difficult to treat.
Sometimes, you may forget to use this medication and it is advised to take the dose as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose and continue the regular treatment as prescribed, if it is approaching the time for the next dose. Do not take a double dose the next time trying to catch up because you may experience severe adverse effects.
In rare cases, if you are using Sartel 40 mg more often than your physician prescribes, you may notice an overdose. Stop taking this medicine and seek medical attention right away if you experience any of the following symptoms. For example, severe dizziness, shortness of breath, passing out, fast or pounding heartbeat, and others. Discuss with your doctor for more details.
Side Effects of Sartel 40 mg
While you are on treatment with Telmisartan, you may experience some side effects. Dehydration, allergy, and overdose are some factors that can cause side effects. There are three types of side effects such as mild, moderate, and severe.
Mild Side Effects
Tell your doctor if you experience any of the side effects listed below. For example:
- Stomach upset
Moderate Side Effects
Patients usually can continue using Sartel 40 mg even if they experience any of the following adverse reactions. Examples include:
Severe Side Effects
You may notice this category in rare cases due to an increased dose of Sartel 40 mg. However, if you are experiencing any of the following negative effects, you should stop using this drug and consult a doctor immediately. In addition, your doctor may help you to prevent or avoid side effects. Check some examples below:
- Sinus infection
- Upper respiratory tract infection
- Back pain
- Muscle weakness
- Change in the amount of urine
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Unusual weight gain
Talk to a doctor if you experience any of the adverse effects listed above or any other effects because this article does not contain a complete list of side effects.
Telmisartan may interact with some medications and substances. It means that other drugs may change how Sartel 40 mg works by reducing its effectiveness or even increasing the risk of negative effects. Inform your doctor about all products that you are using before taking this medicine. For example herbal products, prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, supplements, vitamins, and others. Check below some examples:
- Potassium supplements
- Erectile dysfunction drugs (such as Sildenafil Citrate, Tadalafil, Avanafil, and others)
Sartel 40 mg may also interact with some medical conditions. For example:
- Renal artery stenosis
- Renal impairment
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
This document does not contain all possible disease and drug interactions. Consult a doctor before using this medication.
Inform your doctor about all health conditions you have experienced, before using Sartel 40 mg. For example:
- Allergy to the ingredients of the drug or if you have any other allergies
- Liver disease
- Increased levels of potassium in the blood
- Bile duct blockage
- Kidney disease
Telmisartan may make you drowsy or dizzy. Limit or avoid alcoholic beverages and marijuana (cannabis) during treatment because the symptoms listed above may increase. Do not operate machinery or drive while you are on treatment with Sartel 40 mg because it may be harmful to you.
During pregnancy, this medicine may be used when it is clearly needed only. Consult a doctor before breastfeeding because there is no information if Telmisartan passes into breast milk.
- Store this medicine at room temperature and away from direct sunlight and moisture. Therefore, you should not keep Sartel 40 mg in the bathroom.
- Keep away Telmisartan from the reach of children and pets because it may be harmful to them.