Olkem-40 CT Tablet is a combination of Chlorthalidone and Olmesartan. It is used in the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure). This medicine works by relaxing the blood vessels and also increasing the water and sodium excretion from the body. Thus it promotes the smooth flow of blood and also allows your heart to pump blood more efficiently.
Olkem-40 CT Tablet has some side effects like cough, nausea, headache, diarrhoea, dizziness, and upset stomach. This medicine may cause you to urinate more often as it works by removing extra water from your body. Drink plenty of fluids while taking this medicine to prevent getting dehydrated. If any of these side effects do not resolve with time or get worse, consult your doctor immediately. Avoid taking this medicine if you are allergic to it.
Olkem-40 CT Tablet may be taken in the morning to avoid frequent urination at night. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly as it can cause your blood pressure to rise, thereby increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke (a condition that occurs due to reduced oxygen supply to the brain).
Olkem-40 CT Tablet should be used with caution if you have kidney or liver problems, or diabetes. Inform your doctor if you are taking any other medicine before starting the treatment. Olkem-40 CT Tablet is not recommended for use in children below 18 years of age due to lack of safety and efficacy data. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or are breastfeeding.
Major & minor side effects for Olkem-40 CT Tablet
Unusual tiredness and weakness
Blood in urine
Low blood pressure
Loss of appetite
Uses of Olkem-40 CT Tablet
What is it prescribed for?
Hypertension or high blood pressure is a condition in which the force exerted by the circulating blood on the walls of the blood vessel is high. Olkem-40 CT Tablet is used to control high blood pressure.
When not to use?
Avoid taking Olkem-40 CT Tablet if you are allergic to it. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms such as skin rash, itching/swelling of the face/tongue/throat, breathing difficulty, etc.
Anuria is a condition in which the kidneys are unable to produce urine. Olkem-40 CT Tablet is not recommended for use if you have anuria as it may further damage your kidneys.
Coadministration of Olkem-40 CT Tablet and Aliskiren (a medicine used to reduce blood pressure) is not recommended if you have diabetes (high blood sugar levels) and/or moderate to severe kidney impairment as it may increase the risk of kidney damage.
Warnings for special population
Olkem-40 CT Tablet is not recommended for use during pregnancy as it may harm your foetus. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant.
Olkem-40 CT Tablet may pass into breastmilk. Hence, consult your doctor if you are breastfeeding.
Volume and electrolyte disturbances
Olkem-40 CT Tablet may alter the blood volume and electrolyte levels. This may cause dizziness, dry mouth, thirst, weakness, acid-base imbalance (abnormality in the human body to balance between acid and base), etc. Hence, your blood pressure and electrolyte levels will be periodically monitored by your doctor while you are taking this medication.
Driving or operating machines
Olkem-40 CT Tablet may cause dizziness or fatigue in some cases. Hence, avoid performing activities such as driving or operating machines if you experience any of these symptoms.
Olkem-40 CT Tablet should be used with caution as it may cause symptomatic hypotension (low blood pressure), especially if you have volume depletion (excess loss of salt and fluid from the body due to severe diarrhoea, vomiting, burns and kidney problems leading to reduced fluid volume). Your doctor may correct this condition before initiating treatment with Olkem-40 CT Tablet.
Use in Children
Olkem-40 CT Tablet is not recommended for use in children below 18 years of age since the safety and efficacy data for use are not clinically established.
If you miss a dose of Olkem-40 CT Tablet, take it as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next scheduled dose, then skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed one.
Never take more than the prescribed dose of Olkem-40 CT Tablet. Seek immediate medical attention in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol
Avoid consumption of alcohol while you are taking Olkem-40 CT Tablet as it may further lower your blood pressure and make you feel dizzy or lightheaded.
Interaction with Medicine
Olkem-40 CT Tablet should be used with caution if you have diabetes (high blood sugar levels) as this medicine may alter blood sugar levels.
Olkem-40 CT Tablet should be used with caution if you have hyperuricaemia (increased uric acid levels in the blood). This medicine decreases uric acid excretion and may further increase the levels of uric acid in your blood.
Olkem-40 CT Tablet may increase the blood cholesterol and fats levels. Hence, it should be used with caution if you have hyperlipidaemia (a condition that leads to high levels of cholesterol and fats in the blood).
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This is not an exhaustive list of possible drug interactions. You should consult your doctor about all the possible interactions of the drugs you’re taking.
TakeOlkem-40 CT Tablet with or without food as instructed by your doctor. Avoid taking more or less than the prescribed dose. Do not break, crush or chew the tablet.
Take this medicine at the same time every day as it will help you to remember.
This medicine can make you feel dizzy. Hence, get up slowly from a sitting or lying position.
Your doctor may suggest regular tests to monitor your blood sugar, blood cholesterol, and fat levels during treatment with this medicine.
Eat a healthy balanced diet and exercise regularly to get maximum benefits from the treatment.