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If you are living with high blood pressure, Micardis (telmisartan) can help. Get a new prescription or refill of Micardis from a board-certified primary care doctor online.*

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*Prescriptions are provided at the doctor’s discretion. Learn more about our controlled substances policy and how you can save up to 80% with our prescription discount card. Plushcare doctors cannot manage all cases of high blood pressure. If our doctors are unable to diagnose or treat you directly, they will guide you, with resources and referrals, to in-person or specialist care. 

About Micardis (telmisartan)

Micardis belongs to the drug class of angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). It works by preventing blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow.

Micardis is used to treat high blood pressure. Micardis is available only by prescription. It is available in a generic formulation as telmisartan, as well as under different brand names.

Micardis may be prescribed as a tablet. It’s always important to follow the specific instructions on your prescription, as they can vary based on the formulation and dosage prescribed.

If you're prescribed Micardis, be sure to take the angiotensin II receptor blocker as directed unless your doctor specifically tells you to stop. If you don’t complete your prescription, the angiotensin II receptor blocker may not adequately treat your high blood pressure.

Micardis uses

There are two FDA-approved uses for Micardis, but your healthcare professional may also prescribe it off-label to treat other medical conditions.

Your PlushCare doctor may prescribe Micardis for any of the following reasons, or other reasons not listed here. If you have questions about why a medication is prescribed, ask your healthcare professional or pharmacist.

  • High blood pressure

    Micardis is FDA-approved to treat high blood pressure. Telmisartan keeps blood vessels from narrowing, which helps lowering blood pressure and increase blood flow.

  • Cardiovascular risk reduction

    Micardis is FDA-approved for cardiovascular risk reduction in patients 55 years of age and older. It can help lower the risk of heart attack (myocardial infarction), stroke, or cardiovascular morbidity in patients who cannot tolerate ACE inhibitors.

Micardis side effects

  • The side effects associated with taking Micardis are typically mild.

    Micardis has some common side effects. They may include:

    • Lightheadedness

    • Back pain

    • Stuffy nose or sinus pain

    • Diarrhea

    Other side effects, which are less common but might be more severe, could include:

    • Lightheadedness

    • Changes in urination

    • Allergic reaction

    • Rapid weight gain

    You should call your doctor if you notice any adverse effects, or if you develop any other new or concerning symptoms while taking this medication. The use of Micardis is not recommended in children under the age of 18.

How to take Micardis

Your pharmacist will provide you with instructions on how to take your Micardis prescription. Be sure to read your prescription label and follow the instructions. Call your doctor or pharmacy if you have any questions.

Micardis can come in different doses, so be sure to follow the specific instructions on your prescription. The usual starting dose for Micardis is 40 mg once daily. Take the medication at the same time each day, with or without food.

What to avoid while taking Micardis

Micardis has many drug interactions. Don’t change what you are taking without checking with your doctor or pharmacist. That includes other medications, supplements, and other drugs.

Possible drug interactions with Micardis include:

  • Digoxin

  • Lithium

  • Diuretics (water pills)

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and naproxen (Aleve)

  • Potassium supplements

Drinking alcohol can lower blood pressure, which can lead to an increased risk of adverse effects. Talk to your doctor about drinking alcohol while taking this medication.

Medication alternatives to Micardis

If your healthcare provider prefers to put you on another treatment altogether, they may suggest other angiotensin receptor blockers or blood pressure medications in another drug class. Here are some common doctor-recommended alternatives based on your health issue:

Micardis prescription FAQs

  • How much does Micardis cost?

    Prices for Micardis (telmisartan) start at $16.80 for 30 80mg tablets without insurance. Prices vary with insurance coverage but are usually very affordable. Our prescription discount card helps members save up to 80% on prescriptions if you do not have insurance. 

  • How can I refill my Micardis prescription?

    Micardis is only available by prescription, so you will need to see a board-certified doctor to get a refill on your prescription. To get started, book a virtual appointment with one of our top rated board-certified doctors. After a qualifying evaluation, your prescription will be sent to your local pharmacy for pickup.

  • Who should not take Micardis?

    Avoid taking Micardis if you have certain medical conditions, such as:

    • Allergic reaction to telmisartan

    • A heart condition other than the one being treated with Micardis

    • Liver disease

    • Kidney disease

    • If you're on a low-salt diet

    Do not take Micardis if you are pregnant. Stop taking Micardis and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Micardis can cause injury or death to the unborn baby when taken during the second and third trimesters.

  • How long does it take for Micardis to take effect?

    Your blood pressure will change hours after your initial dose of Micardis. It could take 2–4 weeks for Micardis to take full effect. 

  • Should I avoid certain foods while taking telmisartan?

    Avoid taking potassium supplements, salt substitutes, and high-potassium foods while taking telmisartan unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

  • What happens if I miss a dose of Micardis?

    If you miss a dose of Micardis, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it's almost time for your next dose. Avoid taking two doses to make up for a missed dose.

  • What happens if I take too much Micardis?

    If you've taken too much Micardis, call your doctor immediately or contact your local poison control center.

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Step 3

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Micardis prescription pricing details

How pricing works

To get a new or refill on your Micardis prescription, join our monthly membership and get discounted visits.

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  • Cancel anytime

Visit price with insurance

Often the same as an office visit. Most patients with in-network insurance pay $30 or less!

  • We accept these insurance plans and many more:

    • Humana
    • Aetna
    • Cigna

Paying without insurance



First month free



30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week

  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%

  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

  • Free memberships for your family

  • Cancel anytime

Visit price without insurance

Initial visits are $129.

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