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TELMARK 20 MG FILM-COATED TABLETS

Active substance(s): TELMISARTAN

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Package leaflet: Information for the user
Telmark 20mg film-coated tablet
Telmark 40mg film-coated tablet
Telmark 80mg film-coated tablet
telmisartan
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.

Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.

If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even
if their signs of illness are the same as yours.

If you get any side effects talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet.
In this leaflet:
1.
What Telmark is and what it is used for
2.
What you need to know before you take Telmark
3.
How to take Telmark
4.
Possible side effects
5.
How to store Telmark
6.
Contents of the pack and other information

1.

What Telmark is and what it is used for

Telmark belongs to a class of medicines known as angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Angiotensin II is a
substance produced in your body which causes your blood vessels to narrow, thus increasing your blood
pressure. Telmark blocks the effect of angiotensin II so that the blood vessels relax, and your blood pressure
is lowered.
Telmark is used to treat essential hypertension (high blood pressure) in adults. ‘Essential’ means that the
high blood pressure is not caused by any other condition.
High blood pressure, if not treated, can damage blood vessels in several organs, which could lead sometimes
to heart attack, heart or kidney failure, stroke, or blindness. There are usually no symptoms of high blood
pressure before damage occurs. Thus it is important to regularly measure blood pressure to verify if it is
within the normal range.
Telmark is also used to reduce cardiovascular events (i.e. heart attack or stroke) in adults who are at risk
because they have a reduced or blocked blood supply to the heart or legs, or have had a stroke or have high
risk diabetes. Your doctor can tell you if you are at high risk for such events.
2.

What you need to know before you take Telmark

Do not take Telmark
 if you are allergic to telimsartan or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section
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 if you are more than 3 months pregnant. (It is also better to avoid Telmark in early pregnancy – see
pregnancy section.)
 if you have severe liver problems such as cholestasis or biliary obstruction (problems with the drainage
of the bile from the liver and gall bladder) or any other severe liver disease.
If any of the above applies to you, tell your doctor or pharmacist before taking Telmark

Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor if you are suffering or have ever suffered from any of the following conditions or
illnesses:
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Kidney disease or kidney transplant
Renal artery stenosis (narrowing of the blood vessels to one or both kidneys).
Liver disease.
Heart trouble.
Raised aldosterone levels (water and salt retention in the body along with imbalance of various blood
minerals).
Low blood pressure (hypotension), likely to occur if you are dehydrated (excessive loss of body water) or
have salt deficiency due to diuretic therapy ('water tablets'), low-salt diet, diarrhoea, or vomiting.
Elevated potassium levels in your blood.
Diabetes.

You must tell your doctor if you think you are (or might become) pregnant. Telmark is not recommended in
early pregnancy, and must not be taken if you are more than 3 months pregnant, as it may cause serious
harm to your baby if used at that stage (see pregnancy section).
In case of surgery or anaesthesia, you should tell your doctor that you are taking Telmark.
Telmark may be less effective in lowering the blood pressure in black patients.
Children and adolescents
The use of Telmark in children and adolescents up to the age of 18 years is not recommended.
Other medicines and Telmark
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking have recently taken or might take any other medicines. Your
doctor may need to change the dose of these other medicines or take other precautions. In some cases you
may have to stop taking one of the medicines. This applies especially to the medicines listed below taken at
the same time with Telmark:
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Lithium containing medicines to treat some types of depression.
Medicines that may increase blood potassium levels such as salt substitutes containing potassium,
potassium-sparing diuretics (certain 'water tablets'), ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor
antagonists, NSAIDs (non steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, e.g. aspirin or ibuprofen),
heparin, immunosuppressives (e.g. cyclosporin or tacrolimus), and the antibiotic trimethoprim.
Diuretics ('water tablets'), especially if taken in high doses together with Telmark, may lead to
excessive loss of body water and low blood pressure (hypotension).

The effect of Telmark may be reduced when you take NSAIDs (non steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines,
e.g. aspirin or ibuprofen) or corticosteroids.
Telmark may increase the blood pressure lowering effect of other medicines used to treat high blood
pressure.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Pregnancy
You must tell your doctor if you think you are (or might become) pregnant. Your doctor will normally
advise you to stop taking Telmark before you become pregnant or as soon as you know you are pregnant and
will advise you to take another medicine instead of Telmark. Telmark is not recommended in early
pregnancy, and must not be taken when more than 3 months pregnant, as it may cause serious harm to your
baby if used after the third month of pregnancy.

Breast-feeding
Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or about to start breast-feeding. Telmark is not recommended for
mothers who are breast-feeding, and your doctor may choose another treatment for you if you wish to
breast-feed, especially if your baby is newborn, or was born prematurely.
Driving and using machines
Some people feel dizzy or tired when taking Telmark. If you feel dizzy or tired, do not drive or operate
machinery.
Telmark contains lactose.
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before
taking this medicine.

3.

How to take Telmark

Always take Telmark exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you
are not sure.
The recommended dose of Telmark is one tablet a day. Try to take the tablet at the same time each day.
You can take Telmark with or without food. The tablets should be swallowed with some water or other nonalcoholic drink. It is important that you take Telmark every day until your doctor tells you otherwise. If you
have the impression that the effect of Telmark is too strong or too weak, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
For the treatment of high blood pressure, the usual dose of Telmark for most patients is one 40 mg tablet
once a day to control blood pressure over the 24-hour period. However sometimes your doctor may
recommend a lower dose of 20 mg or a higher dose of 80 mg. Telmark may also be used in combination
with diuretics ('water tablets') such as hydrochlorothiazide which has been shown to have an additive blood
pressure lowering effect with Telmark.
For reduction of cardiovascular events, the usual dose of Telmark is one 80 mg tablet once a day. At the
beginning of the preventive therapy with Telmark 80 mg, blood pressure should be frequently monitored.
If your liver is not working properly, the usual dose should not exceed 40 mg once daily.
If you take more Telmark than you should
If you accidentally take too many tablets, contact your doctor, pharmacist, or your nearest hospital
emergency department immediately.
If you forget to take Telmark
If you forget to take a dose, do not worry. Take it as soon as you remember then carry on as before. If you
do not take your tablet on one day, take your normal dose on the next day. Do not take a double dose to
make up for forgotten individual doses.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Some side effects can be serious and need immediate medical attention:

You should see your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
Sepsis* (often called "blood poisoning", is a severe infection with whole-body inflammatory response), rapid
swelling of the skin and mucosa (angioedema); these side effects are rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000
people) but are extremely serious and patients should stop taking the medicine and see their doctor
immediately. If these effects are not treated they could be fatal.
Possible side effects of Telmark:
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in10 people):
Low blood pressure (hypotension) in users treated for reduction of cardiovascular events.
Uncommon side effects may include (may affect up to 1 to 100 people):
Upper respiratory tract infections (e.g. sore throat, inflamed sinuses, common cold). Urinary tract infections,
deficiency in red blood cells (anaemia), high potassium levels, feeling sad (depression), fainting (syncope),
difficulty falling asleep, feeling of spinning (vertigo), slow heart rate (bradycardia), low blood pressure
(hypotension), in users treated for high blood pressure, dizziness or standing up (orthostatic hypotension),
shortness of breath, cough, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, discomfort in the abdomen, bloating, vomiting,
increased sweating, itching, drug rash, muscle pain (myalgia), back pain, muscle cramps, kidney impairment
including acute kidney failure, and pain in the chest, feeling of weakness and increased level of creatinine in
the blood.
Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people):
Sepsis* (often called "blood poisoning", is a severe infection with whole-body inflammatory response
which can lead to death), increase in certain white blood cells (eosinophilia), low platelet count
(thrombocytopenia), severe allergic reaction (anaphylactic reaction), allergic reaction (e.g. rash, itching,
difficulty breathing, wheezing, swelling of the face or low blood pressure), low blood sugar levels (in
diabetic patients), feeling anxious, somnolence, impaired vision, fast heart beat (tachycardia), dry mouth,
upset stomach, abnormal liver function (Japanese patients are more likely to experience these side effect),
rapid swelling of the skin and mucosa which can also lead to death (angioedema also with fatal outcome),
eczema (a skin disorder), redness of skin, hives (urticaria), severe drug rash, joint pain (arthralgia), pain in
extremity, tendon pain, flu-like-illness, decreased haemoglobin (a blood protein), increased levels of uric
acid, increased hepatic enzymes or creatine phosphokinase in the blood.
Very rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people):
Progressive scarring of lung tissue (interstitial lung disease)**.
*The event may have happened by chance or could be related to a mechanism currently not known.
**Cases of progressive scarring of lung tissue have been reported during intake of telmisartan. However,
it is not known whether telmisartan was the cause.
If you get any ,talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this
leaflet.

5.

How to store Telmark

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton after “EXP”. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
This medicine does not require any special storage conditions. You should store your medicine in the
original package in order to protect the tablets from moisture.

Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw
away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

6.

Contents of the pack and other information

What Telmark contains
The active substance is telmisartan, each tablet contains 20mg/40mg/80mg telmisartan.
The other ingredients are:
Sodium Hydroxide
Povidone (K-25)
Meglumine
Lactose Monohydrate
Crospovidone
Ferric oxide yellow (E172)
Magnesium Stearate
The film-coating contains:
Hypromellose
Titanium Dioxide (E171)
Macrogol-400
Talc
Ferric oxide yellow (E172)
What Telmark looks like and contents of the pack
Telmark are yellow, circular shaped film coated tablets with ‘20’ engraved on one side and ‘T’ engraved on
the other side.
Telmark are yellow, capsule shaped film coated tablets with ‘40’ engraved on one side and ‘T’ engraved on
the other side.
Telmark are yellow, capsule shaped film coated tablets with ‘80’ engraved on one side and ‘T’ engraved on
the other side.
Telmark is available in blister packs containing 14, 15, 28, 30, 56, 60, 90 or 98 tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed in your country.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
To be completed nationally
This leaflet was last revised in {05/2013}.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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