- Treatment for high blood pressure in dogs and cats
- Adjunctive treatment of proteinuria (loss of protein by urination) in dogs and cats.
- Precise dose made just for your pet’s needs
- No additives – just the medication and a plant-based filler
- Hypoallergenic formulation
- Liquid formula easy to swallow for dogs and cats
If your pet has high blood pressure, your veterinarian may prescribe telmisartan. It is used to treat a variety of conditions including high blood pressure, and proteinuria, the inappropriate protein loss by urination in dogs and cats. It is also used to treat some forms of kidney and heart disease, and to reduce side effects from other blood pressure medications. High blood pressure or hypertension adds work to the arteries and heart, therefore it’s important to treat it to avoid long term damage.
Telmisartan is an angiotensin-II receptor blocker that works by blocking substances that cause blood vessels to tighten in the body. It's a biochemical formed to maintain and relax the blood vessels, therefore lowering blood pressure, and increasing the supply of oxygen and blood to the heart. It can also alter the way blood flows through the nephrons in the kidneys.
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Telmisartan compounded oral liquid is given by mouth in liquid form once daily with or without food. This medication should be given just as prescribed by your veterinarian. It must be measured carefully, and it's best to use the provided syringe to ensure you are able to give the proper dosage required. After dosing your pet, rinse and dry the syringe, and screw the cap tightly onto the bottle.
If you have difficulty giving it to your pet, contact your veterinarian for some helpful tips. We recommend washing your hands with soap and water after handling any medication.
Possible Side Effects
Telmisartan Compounded Oral Liquid is generally safe, however, the most common side effects include vomiting, dehydration, diarrhea, weight loss, lack of appetite, and lower energy levels. More severe adverse effects may be collapse or extremely low energy levels. Contact your veterinarian immediately if these side effects continue or become more severe.
Drug & Food Interactions
If your pet is on any of the following medications you should use telmisartan with caution:
- Ace inhibitors - (e.g. benazepril, enalapril): When combined can increase risk for adverse effects.
- Aspirin - When combined can reduce the antihypertensive effect, and increase risk for renal impairment.
- Baclofen - When combined may have additive blood pressure lower effects.
- Corticosteroids - (e.g. betamethasone, dexamethasone): When combined may decrease the antihypertensive effects of ARBs.
- Dexmedetomidine - When combined may result in additive effects on blood pressure and heart rate.
- Digoxin - When combined may increase digoxin levels.
- Insulin - When combined may increase risk of hypoglycemia.
- Low molecular weight heparins - (e.g. dalteparin, enoxaparin): When combined may increase risk of hyperkalemia.
- Nsaids - (e.g. carprofen, meloxicam): When combined can reduce antihypertensive effects of telmisartan and increased risk for renal impairment.
- Potassium preparations, potassium-sparing diuretics - (e.g. spironolactone): When combined can increase the risk for hyperkalemia.
- Yohimbine - When combined may decrease the efficacy of ARBs.
The following medications when combined with telmisartan may increase the risk of hypotension; benzodiazepines, buspirone, cabergoline, diazoxide, dichlorphenamide, diphenhydramine, doxepin, opioids.
Telmisartan should not be given to pets that are pregnant, dehydrated, have low blood pressure, are hypersensitive or allergic to it. If your pet is electrolyte depleted, they should not take this medication until their blood volume and electrolytes have been restored.
Telmisartan should be used with caution in pets that have a hepatic impairment, the lack of liver functions.
Your veterinarian will likely monitor your pet for blood pressure, kidney function, vomiting, diarrhea, or weight loss.
Depending on the reason for the treatment your vet may also check the urine protein, renal function, volume status, and liver enzymes.
Red blood cell counts should also be monitored every 3-6 months.
Telmisartan Compounded Oral Liquid is given to your pet by mouth with or without food daily. Exact instructions will be prescribed by your veterinarian.
Telmisartan Compounded Oral Liquid should be stored at room temperatures from 68° - 77°F with the cap tightly closed, and away from light, moisture, heat, or humidity.
Telmisartan Compounded Oral Liquid should be given orally once a day with or without food. The exact dosage will be prescribed by your veterinarian.
What if I miss giving my pet a dose? If you miss a dose, give the next dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the following dose, then continue with the next scheduled one and skip the missed dose. Do not give a double dose to catch up or make up for a missed dose.
What is telmisartan?
Telmisartan is the generic medication for the brand name Micardis. It is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB). It’s used to relax blood vessels, lower blood pressure and increase the blood supply and oxygen to the heart.
What is telmisartan used for in dogs?
Telmisartan is used to control high blood pressure (hypertension) and proteinuria in dogs and cats. It is also used to treat some forms of heart and kidney disease.
Does telmisartan cause weight gain in dogs?
Some common side effects that can occur with telmisartan are loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, low blood pressure, or fatigue.
Is telmisartan the same as losartan?
Telmisartan is an ARB (Angiotensin II Receptor Blocker) that lasts longer than losartan. When taken once a day telmisartan 80 mg reduced blood pressure more than losartan 50 mg.
Is telmisartan bad for kidneys?
Telmisartan can reduce the amount of urine the body produces (proteinuria) in people or animals that have kidney disease.
What are the telmisartan dosage forms?
Telmisartan 40 mg is generally the starting dosage for tablets. Dosage of telmisartan 20 mg to 160 mg daily can be prescribed for blood pressure treatment
Does telmisartan cause fatigue?
Yes, one of the side effects of this medication is low blood pressure or fatigue.
What are the side effects of telmisartan in dogs?
Adverse effects in dogs can include, vomiting, dehydration, drowsiness, and weight loss
Is telmisartan over the counter drug or a prescription drug?
A prescription is required for telmisartan in the USA. It is the generic drug for the brand name Micardis. Generic drugs usually cost less than the brand name.
What if my pet overdoses?
If you know or suspect that your pet experienced an overdose, call veterinary services immediately or a 24-hour poison consultation center should be contacted. Signs of an overdose can include panting, vomiting, tremors, vocalization, and increased heart rate.
What is compounding?
Compounding is a method of preparing individualized prescription medications by licensed pharmacists. Compounding allows the practitioner, the pharmacist, and the pet owner to collaborate to create custom dosages, flavors, and dosage forms for pets to easily, safely, and effectively take their medication. Often pet owners struggle to give oral tablets which is why ExpressVet offers compounded oral liquids, transdermal gels, capsules, and treats to make taking care of your pet easy.
How do I order a compounded prescription medication for my pet?
- Sign in to your existing ExpressVet account, or create a new account.
- Select the item or item(s) you are requesting and add to your cart
- Add your pet’s information and your vet’s information.
- If you are a returning customer, you will see your previous choices available or you can add as new.
- Let us know if you want us to request a prescription from your veterinarian, or if you would like to mail in a prescription.
- Complete your billing, shipping, and payment information at checkout to complete your order.
Do all compounded medications require a prescription?
Yes, all compounded medications require a prescription. Express Vet Pharmacy is happy to request a prescription order from your veterinarian, but all prescription orders must be accompanied by a patient-specific prescription from a licensed veterinarian before an order can be shipped out.
Where is Express Vet licensed to dispense veterinary prescription medications?
We are licensed in 38 states. Alaska (AK), Arizona (AZ), California (CA), Colorado (CO), Connecticut (CT), Delaware (DE), Florida (FL), Hawaii (HI), Illinois (IL), Iowa (IA), Kansas (KS), Kentucky (KY), Massachusetts (MA) ,Michigan (MI), Minnesota (MN), Missouri (MO), Montana (MT), Nebraska (NE), Nevada (NV), New Jersey (NJ), New Mexico (NM), New York (NY), North Dakota (ND), Ohio (OH), Oregon (OR), Pennsylvania (PA), Rhode Island (RI), South Dakota (SD), Tennessee (TN), Texas (TX), Utah (UT), Vermont (VT), Virginia (VA), Washington (WA), West Virginia (WV), and Wisconsin (WI)
Where does ExpressVet source the ingredients for compounding?
All ingredients for compounding are from FDA registered manufacturers and distributors.
How long does it take to process my prescription after the pharmacy receives it?
Once the pharmacy receives authorization to dispense from your veterinarian, compounded medications are prepared and shipped out within 1 to 2 business days.