Avapro (Irbesartan)

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What is Avapro (Irbesartan) prescribed for?

High blood pressure is the measure of the force of blood pushing against blood vessels walls. Hypertension is dangerous because it makes the heart work harder to pump blood out to the body and contributes to the hardening of arteries, stroke, kidney disease and to heart failure.

Avapro is a treatment used to help with high blood pressure and can help protect the kidney’s from damage due to diabetes.  Lowering high blood pressure helps to prevent strokes, heart attacks and kidney problems. Irbesartan is an angiotensin receptor blocker.  It works by relaxing the blood vessels, so that the blood may flow more easily.

Read any and all information give to you about this medication by your doctor. And if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, it is best to consult your doctor.

Take this medication by mouth, with our without food, as directed by your doctor.  It is usually taken once daily.  Remember those dosage given to your by your doctor is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment.

It is important to take this medication, even if you feel well.  Notify your doctor if your condition remains the same or worsens.

Before taking irbesartan, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease, severe loss of body water and minerals (dehydration).

This medication may increase your potassium levels. Before using potassium supplements or salt substitutes that contain potassium, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Dizziness, lightheadedness, or upset stomach may occur as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor promptly.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: fainting, symptoms of a high potassium blood level (such as muscle weakness, slow/irregular heartbeat).

Although irbesartan may be used to prevent kidney problems or treat people who have kidney problems, it may also rarely cause serious kidney problems or make them worse. Your doctor will check your kidney function while you are taking irbesartan. Tell your doctor right away if you have any signs of kidney problems such as a change in the amount of urine.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

                                                                        

What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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