Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common
questions about Teltartan.
It does not contain all available
It does not take the place of talking to
your doctor or pharmacist.
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Your doctor has weighed the risks of
you taking this medicine against the
benefits it is expected to have for you.
If you have any concerns about this
medicine, ask your doctor or
Keep this leaflet with the medicine.
You may need to read it again.
What Teltartan is used
Teltartan is used to:
treat high blood pressure (also called
complications, including death due
to cardiovascular causes, in patients
older than 55 years of age with
coronary artery disease, peripheral
vascular disease, previous stroke,
previous transient ischaemic attack
(TIA) or high risk diabetes with
evidence of end organ damage
Teltartan is used to lower high blood
Everyone has blood pressure. This
pressure helps your blood move around
your body. Your blood pressure may be
different at different times of the day,
depending on how busy or worried you
are. You have hypertension (high blood
pressure) when your blood pressure
stays higher than normal, even when
you are calm or relaxed.
There are usually no signs of
hypertension. The only way of knowing
that you have hypertension is to have
your blood pressure checked on a
regular basis. If high blood pressure is
not treated, it can lead to serious health
problems, including stroke, heart
disease and kidney failure.
How Teltartan works
Teltartan contains telmisartan.
Telmisartan belongs to a group of
medicines called angiotensin II receptor
antagonists. Angiotensin II is a
substance in the body which causes
blood vessels to narrow, thus increasing
blood pressure. Telmisartan works by
blocking the effect of angiotensin II.
When the effect of angiotensin II is
blocked, your blood vessels relax and
your blood pressure goes down.
Teltartan may be used either alone or in
combination with other medicines used
to treat high blood pressure.
DEATH DUE TO
Teltartan is also used to prevent
cardiovascular complications, including
death due to cardiovascular causes that
may arise in high risk patients older
than 55 years of age. Examples include
heart attack, stroke, death caused by
heart diseases or hospitalisation due to
heart failure (a condition which can
cause shortness of breath or ankle
Patients who may be considered at high
risk of developing cardiovascular
complications or at high risk of death
due to cardiovascular causes are those
aged 55 or more who have problems
such as coronary artery disease (a heart
disease caused by poor blood flow in
the blood vessels of the heart),
peripheral vascular disease (poor
circulation in the hands or feet),
previous stroke, previous transient
ischaemic attack (TIA) or diabetes with
additional high risk factors and evidence
of end organ damage (e.g. damage
occurring in the kidneys, heart, brain or
Your doctor can tell you if you are at
high risk of developing cardiovascular
complications or if you are at high risk
of death due to cardiovascular causes.
Your doctor may have prescribed
Teltartan for another reason. Ask your
doctor if you have any questions about
why Teltartan has been prescribed for
Teltartan is not addictive.
This medicine is available only with a
Use in children
The safety and effectiveness of
Teltartan in children and teenagers up to
18 years of age have not been
Before you take
When you must not take it
Do not take Teltartan if you have ever
had an allergic reaction after taking:
telmisartan (the active ingredient in
any other ingredients listed at the
end of this leaflet
Symptoms of an allergic reaction to
Teltartan may include skin rash,
itchiness, shortness of breath, swelling
of the face, lips or tongue, muscle pain
or tenderness or joint pain.
Do not take Teltartan if you are
pregnant or intend to become
Teltartan is not recommended for use in
pregnancy. Like other similar
medicines, it could affect your unborn
baby if you take it during pregnancy.
Do not breastfeed if you are taking
It is not known if telmisartan, the active
ingredient in Teltartan, passes into
breast milk and there is a possibility that
your baby may be affected.
Do not take Teltartan if you suffer
severe liver disease
biliary obstructive disorders
(problem with the flow of bile from
the gall bladder)
diabetes or kidney problems and you
are taking aliskiren (a medicine used
to treat high blood pressure).
Do not take Teltartan after the expiry
date printed on the pack.
Do not take Teltartan if the
packaging is torn or shows signs of
If it has expired or is damaged, return it
to your pharmacist for disposal.
Do not take Teltartan if the tablets
If you are not sure whether you
should start taking Teltartan talk to
Before you start to take it
Tell your doctor if you have allergies
any other medicines
any other substances, such as foods,
preservatives or dyes
Tell your doctor if you have or have
had any medical conditions, especially
a condition known as primary
aldosterone levels, also known as
recent severe diarrhoea or vomiting
Tell your doctor if you are following a
very low salt diet.
Tell your doctor if you plan to
become pregnant or breastfeed.
Your doctor can discuss with you the
risks and benefits involved.
If you have not told your doctor
about any of the above, tell your
doctor before you take Teltartan.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you
are taking any other medicines,
including any that you get without a
prescription from your pharmacy,
supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines and Teltartan may
interfere with each other. These include:
ramipril or any other medicines used
to treat high blood pressure or heart
potassium supplements or
potassium- containing salt
medicines or salt substitutes which
may increase your potassium levels
diuretics or fluid tablets, medicines
used to help the kidneys get rid of
salt and water by increasing the
amount of urine produced
agents (medicines used to relieve
pain, swelling and other symptoms
of inflammation including arthritis)
lithium, a medicine used to treat
certain mental illnesses
digoxin, a medicine used to treat
These medicines may be affected by
Teltartan, or may affect the way it
works. Also, other medicines used to
treat high blood pressure may have an
additive effect with Teltartan in
lowering your blood pressure. You may
need different amounts of your
Your doctor and pharmacist may have
more information on medicines to be
careful with or avoid while taking
How to take Teltartan
Follow all directions given to you by
your doctor or pharmacist carefully.
They may differ from the information
contained in this leaflet.
Your doctor or pharmacist will tell you
how many tablets you will need to take
each day. This depends on your
condition and whether or not you are
taking any other medicines.
If you do not understand the
instructions on the label, ask your
doctor or pharmacist for help.
How much to take
FOR THE TREATMENT OF
The usual dose of Teltartan for adults is
one 40 mg tablet once a day.
If your blood pressure is still too high
after 4-8 weeks of starting treatment,
your doctor may increase your dose to
FOR THE PREVENTION OF
DEATH DUE TO
The usual dose of Teltartan is one 80
mg tablet once a day.
Depending on how you respond to the
treatment, your doctor may suggest a
higher or lower dose.
It is important to take Teltartan
exactly as your doctor or pharmacist
has told you.
When to take it
Take Teltartan at about the same
time each day, either morning or
Taking it at the same time each day will
have the best effect. It will also help you
remember when to take it.
It does not matter if you take Teltartan
before or after food.
How to take it
Swallow the tablet whole with a full
glass of water.
You can take Teltartan with or without
How long to take it
Take Teltartan every day until your
doctor tells you to stop.
Teltartan helps to control your high
blood pressure, and/or prevents you
from developing cardiovascular
complications, but does not cure it. It is
important to keep taking Teltartan every
day even if you feel well.
People who have high blood pressure
often feel well and do not notice any
signs of this problem.
If you forget to take it
If it is almost time for your next dose,
skip the dose you missed and take
your next dose when you are meant
to. Otherwise, take the dose as soon as
you remember, and then go back to
taking it as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up
for the dose that you missed.
This may increase the chance of you
getting unwanted side effects.
If you are not sure what to do, ask
your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering
when to take your medicine, ask your
pharmacist for some hints.
If you take too much
Immediately telephone your doctor or
Poisons Information Centre
(telephone 13 11 26) for advice or go
to Accident and Emergency at your
nearest hospital, if you think that you
or anyone else may have taken too
Do this even if there are no signs of
discomfort or poisoning.
You may need urgent medical attention.
If you take too much Teltartan you may
feel dizzy, light-headed or faint. Your
heartbeat may be faster or lower than
usual. You may experience rapid,
shallow breathing or cold, clammy skin.
This is because your blood pressure is
While you are taking
Things you must do
If you are about to be started on any
new medicine, tell your doctor or
pharmacist that you are taking
Tell any other doctors, dentists and
pharmacists who are treating you
that you are taking Teltartan.
If you are going to have surgery, tell
the surgeon or anaesthetist that you
are taking Micardis.
Micardis may affect other medicines
used during surgery.
If you become pregnant while taking
Micardis, tell your doctor
If you feel that Teltartan is not
helping your condition, tell your
doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor if, for any reason,
you have not used Teltartan exactly
Otherwise, your doctor may think that it
was not effective and change your
Things you must not do
Do not use Teltartan to treat other
complaints unless your doctor or
pharmacist tells you to.
Do not give this medicine to anyone
else, even if they have the same
symptoms as yours.
Do not stop taking Micardis or lower
the dosage without checking with
Things to be careful of
Be careful when driving or operating
machinery while you are taking
Teltartan until you know how it
Like other medicines used to treat high
blood pressure, Teltartan may cause
sleepiness, dizziness or lightheadedness
in some people.
If you have any of these symptoms, do
not drive, operate machinery or do
anything else that could be
You may feel dizzy or light-headed
when you begin to take Teltartan,
especially if you are also taking a
diuretic (or fluid tablet) or if you are
If this medicine makes you feel dizzy
or light-headed, be careful when
getting up from a sitting or lying
Standing up slowly, especially when
you get up from a bed or chair, will help
your body get used to the change in
position and blood pressure. If this
problem continues or gets worse, talk to
If you exercise, or if you sweat, or if
the weather is hot, you should drink
plenty of water.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as
soon as possible if you do not feel well
while you are taking Teltartan even if
you do not think it is connected with
All medicines can have side effects.
Sometimes they are serious, most of the
time they are not. You may need
medical treatment if you get some of the
Do not be alarmed by this list of
possible side effects.
You may not experience any of them.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to
answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of
the following and they worry you:
dizziness or lightheadedness when
you stand up especially when getting
up from a sitting or lying position
dizziness or spinning sensation,
tiredness or weakness
pain in the chest
stomach pain or discomfort
wind or excessive gas in the stomach
or bowel (flatulence)
upper respiratory tract infections
shortness of breath
aching muscles, not caused by
muscle spasms or leg cramps or leg
painful joints (arthralgia)
tendon pain or tendinitis-like
urinary tract infections (including
trouble sleeping (insomnia)
fast or slow heart beats
allergic skin reactions including skin
rash (eczema); itchiness (pruritus);
redness of the skin (erythema)
symptoms that may indicate low
blood sugar levels in the blood, such
as sweating, weakness, hunger,
dizziness, trembling, headache or
numbness (especially in diabetic
abnormal liver functions
symptoms that may indicate a
worsening of the kidney function,
such as passing little or no urine,
drowsiness, nausea, vomiting,
breathlessness, loss of appetite and
symptoms that may indicate high
potassium levels in the blood, such
as nausea, diarrhoea, muscle
weakness and changes in heart
signs of anaemia such as tiredness,
being short of breath when
exercising, dizziness and looking
bleeding or bruising more easily
than normal (thrombocytopenia)
symptoms that may indicate an
infection of the blood, such as high
fever, chills, headache, confusion
and rapid breathing
changes in your red or white blood
cell levels may occur (such changes
are usually detected by a blood test)
Tell your doctor immediately or go to
casualty at your nearest hospital if
you notice any of the following:
swelling of the face, lips, mouth,
tongue or throat which may cause
difficulty in swallowing or breathing
severe and sudden onset of itchy or
raised skin rash, hives or nettle rash
These are serious side effects. You may
need urgent medical attention or
hospitalisation. These side effects are
Tell your doctor if you notice
anything else that is making you
Other side effects not listed above may
also occur in some people.
After taking Teltartan
Leave the tablets in the blister strip
until it is time to take them.
The blister pack protects the tablets
from light and moisture.
Keep Teltartan in a cool dry place
where the temperature stays below
Do not store Teltartan or any other
medicine in the bathroom or near a
sink. Do not leave it in the car or on
Heat and dampness can destroy some
Keep Teltartan where young children
cannot reach it.
If your doctor tells you to stop using
Teltartan or it has passed its expiry
date, ask your pharmacist what to do
with any that is left over.
What it looks like
Teltartan is the brand name of your
Teltartan tablets are available in two
strengths: 40 mg and 80 mg tablets.
Teltartan 40 mg tablets are white to off-
white color, oval shape, biconvex,
uncoated tablets debossed with ‘L203’
on one side and plain on other side.
Teltartan 80 mg tablets are white to off-
white color, oval shape, biconvex,
uncoated tablets debossed with ‘L204’
on one side and plain on other side.
Teltartan tablets are available in blister
packs of 28 tablets.
Each Teltartan 40 mg tablet contains 40
Each Teltartan 80 mg tablet contains 80
The other ingredients found in both
Sodium strearyl fumarate
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15 – 17 Chapel Street
Cremorne VIC 3121
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AUST R 209341 for Teltartan 40 mg
AUST R 209343 for Teltartan 80 mg