If you are found to be hypertensive, your doctor may recommend a prescription for Twynsta, a combination drug that helps to lower blood pressure in two ways. Taking Twynsta or generic Telmisartan/Amlodipine as directed can lower your risk of a heart attack, stroke, or kidney disease so it is important to have your blood pressure checked during regular physical exams. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Telmisartan is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). Angiotensin is a powerful chemical formed in your blood by an enzyme known as the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE). As angiotensin attaches to its receptors found mostly on the smooth muscle cells that surround blood vessels, it causes these vessels to narrow. This action makes it hard for your blood to flow easily and your heart has to work harder. Telmisartan blocks the attachment to the receptors, keeping the blood vessels open so the flow is not strained.
Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker (CCB) that stops the transport of calcium into the smooth muscle cells that line the arteries in your body. Without Amlodipine, the calcium would enter the muscle cells of the arterial linings and cause contractions that would constrict your blood flow, especially to your heart.
Hypertension can sneak up on you without any signs or symptoms that anything is going on inside your body. And that is dangerous! The majority of people who have high blood pressure have no underlying medical reason and are often surprised to find out during a physical exam that they are hypertensive and require medication and a lifestyle change. Eating healthier, exercising, giving up tobacco, and limiting your alcohol consumption will help to lower your blood pressure and the risk of other serious health matters.
Twynsta is not a cure for hypertension, but it can help your body function better so you can get on with your daily routine. High blood pressure has become a global public health concern and is the cause of millions of deaths annually.
You should not take Twynsta if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding as this drug may cause harm to your unborn or nursing baby. Use adequate methods of contraception to avoid becoming pregnant while you are taking Twynsta. Discuss other medical conditions or allergies you have and any OTC or Rx drugs you are take or use, including herbal remedies and vitamin or dietary supplements as you could experience a drug interaction or unintended side effects if taken with Twynsta.
You should drink lots of fluids while taking Twynsta as you may become dehydrated which can increase your chances of your blood pressure becoming too low. You should not drive or attempt any unsafe tasks until you know how you are going to react to Twynsta. Be patient! It can take up to four weeks before you notice any changes in your blood pressure.