Drug Class: What is Avapro and why is it prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does it work?
Dosage: How should you take this medication?
Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication
Special information on Avapro
Avapro side effects
|Drug Class: What is Avapro and why is it prescribed?|
| Avapro is Irbesartan and it is used to treat high blood pressure. A member of the new family of drugs called angiotensin II receptor antagonists, it works by preventing the hormone angiotensin II from narrowing the blood vessels, an action that tends to raise blood pressure. Avapro may be prescribed alone or with other blood pressure medications.
In people with type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, Avapro is also prescribed to stave off damage to the kidneys,
|Drug Mechanism: How does it work?|
|Irbesartan is among a class of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers and is similar to losartan (Cozaar) and valsartan (Diovan). All three drugs block angiotensin II, a chemical that causes the arteries and veins to narrow, from attaching to the arteries and veins and causing them to narrow. As a result, the arteries and veins dilate (become larger), and blood pressure is reduced. When the blood pressure is reduced, the heart doesnt have to work as hard to pump blood. Irbesartan was approved by the FDA in 1998|
|Dosage: How should you take this medication?|
| Take your dose of Avapro around the same time every day, with or without food.
If you miss an Avapro dose:
Avapro Storage information:
Preparations: Tablets: 75mg, 150mg, 300mg.
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication|
|The chances of an interaction with Avapro are low. Check with your doctor, however, before combining it with tolbutamide (Orinase).|
|Special information on Avapro|
| Avapro can cause injury or even death to the unborn child when used during the last 6 months of pregnancy. As soon as you learn you're pregnant, stop taking Avapro and call your doctor.
It is not known whether Avapro appears in breast milk, but because of potential risks to the newborn, it's considered best to avoid using Avapro while breastfeeding. You and your doctor should decide whether to give up nursing or discontinue Avapro.
In rare cases, Avapro can cause a severe drop in blood
|Avapro side effects|
| Avapro side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Avapro.
More common side effects may include:
Less common side effects may include:
Rare side effects may include:
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