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What is Edarbi (Azilsartan) prescribed for?

High Blood pressure is a measure of the force of blood that pushes against the blood vessel walls. Hypertension, as it’s also called, can be dangerous because it makes the heart work harder to pump blood out to the body and then contributes to the hardening of arteries, stroke, kidney disease and to heart failure. Azilsartan belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). This medication works by relaxing the blood vessels so that the blood can flow at an easier pace.

This medication comes in two different doses, which are 40mg and 80mg. Remember your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.

This medication is to be taken by mouth, with or without food. And it is usually taken once a day. Remember that the dosage is based on your medical condition and response to the treatment.

It is best to use this medication regularly to gain the most benefit, and it is best to continue to take this medication when you fell well.


Before taking azilsartan, 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 if you have had any of the following; 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.

Side Effects

Common side effects of this medication do include the following; Dizziness, diarrhea, or fatigue. It is best to speak with your doctor promptly if you are experiencing any of these side effects.

However unlikely, these serious side effects  should to brought to you doctor’s attention right way;  muscle spasms, symptoms of a high potassium blood level (such as muscle weakness, slow/irregular heartbeat).

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 is Effient?

Effient is an oral tablet containing a platelet aggregation inhibitor called prasugrel; each tablet will contain 5 or 10 mg of the drug. Effient is a medication available as a brand as well as a generic. Both the brand and the generic option will always come in tablet form for oral administration. The brand tablets commonly come as six-sided beige (10mg) or yellow (5mg) tablets; however you may notice a difference within appearance when purchasing the generic or when buying internationally.


What is Effient used for?

Effient is used as a treatment for patients who undergo a heart procedure called angioplasty; a procedure that often involves the placement of a stent into a blood vessel. A stent is a small wire mesh tube that helps with blood flow when arteries are clogged. This procedure is often needed as result of heart disease or acute coronary syndrome (such as heart attack or unstable angina). Complications can sometimes arise following the procedure, which is why Effient is prescribed.


What does Effient do?

Patients who undergo angioplasty risk certain complications. A main risk includes blood clots. Blood clots are gel-like clumps of blood that can get wedged into an artery, cutting off the blood flow and resulting in further heart and blood complications. Blood clots may occur as plaque on the stent builds up. If the blood clot clogs an artery that is supplying blood to the heart (a coronary artery), a heart attack can occur. Using Effient will help reduce the risk of these complications.


How does Effient work?

Platelets are tiny blood cells that act as a glue; when activated, they will begin sticking together, usually to prevent excessive bleeding due to an injury, but in some cases foreign objects (such as a stent) can cause the activation of platelets. Once they begin sticking together, a blood clot will form. Effient works to reduce the risk of blood clots by preventing the activation of the platelets.


How long does Effient stay in your system?

The amount of time it takes Effient to clear out of the system can be calculated using the half life. However, many variables may affect the half life length such as age, history of previous drug use, and liver or kidney function. Effient has a half-life ranging between 2-15 hours; it will typically take 4-5 half lives for a medication to clear the system. Therefore, Effient will take anywhere from 10 hours to a little over 3 days (75 hours) to clear out of your system following your last dose, based off certain variables.


How long to take Effient after stent placement?

It is very important you take Effient for as long as your doctor has prescribed it to you. Do not stop taking the medication without consulting your doctor beforehand, even if you feel well. The amount of time you use Effient usually depends on why you had the stent put in. If the stent was needed due to a heart attack, most patients require at least 12 months of treatment. If the stent was needed due to angina, most patients only require 6 months of treatment. Speak with your doctor for a more specific and accurate answer on how long you should take Effient for.


When does Effient go generic?

There is already a generic for Effient, sold under the name prasugrel. The generic can be found at My Drug Center in the same strengths as the brand medication in packs of 100. At My Drug Center, you will find generic Effient for as low as $240.00, accessible with a valid prescription.


Who makes Effient?

The medication Effient was developed by a global pharmaceutical company called Daiichi Sankyo and produced by a Japanese chemical company called Ube Industries. In the United States, Effient is widely marketed by Daiichi Sankyo as well as Eli Lilly and Company, an American pharmaceutical company.


How long to stop Effient before surgery?

It is typically recommended to stop using Effient at least one week (7 days) before any type of surgery. You should speak with your doctor to verify how long before surgery you should stop the medication, as it may vary.


How much does Effient cost?

In the United States, both the brand and the generic can be found at high costs. The average retail cost for the generic alternative in the United States is roughly four times as expensive as the same strength and quantity at My Drug Center. So, what does Effient cost at My Drug Center? We carry 100 prasugrel tablets (10mg) for $240.00, accessible with a valid prescription.


What are the side effects of Effient?

While your body adjusts to the new medication, you may find yourself with side effects such as headache, nausea, nosebleed, or upset stomach. Though these side effects are common, they are not guaranteed, nor do they include all possible side effects that may occur.

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