Avapro is an antihypertensive drug used to treat high blood pressure and related conditions. It is a brand name for Irbesartan.
How It Works
Avapro belongs to a group of drugs known as angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Avapro can block a substance in the body that causes blood vessels to narrow. Taking this medication will cause arteries to relax, so the blood inside flows at a lower pressure, which relieves hypertension.
Avapro is most frequently prescribed to treat high blood pressure. This drug may also be used to treat diabetic nephropathy. Relieving high blood pressure can reduce the risk of heart failure, kidney failure and stroke.
It should be noted that Avapro is not a “cure” for high blood pressure. It is often prescribed alongside diet and exercise to manage a complicated condition. You must follow the full program when taking Avapro.
Dosages will depend on your particular condition. Your doctor will prescribe you the most suitable dosage.
Take Avapro exactly as the doctor instructs you do. Do not take this drug in higher or lower dosages than prescribed. Do not stop before the dosage schedule ends, and do not keep taking the drug after the recommended period. Abruptly stopping Avapro may make your condition worse or cause effects like chest pain.
Keep continuing to use Avapro if you are being treated for high blood pressure. Patients of hypertension often don’t feel sick. You will have to take the drug for the duration of the recommended period even if you don’t feel any different.
You can take Avapro with or without food. Swallow the tablets whole.
You may have to check your blood pressure when you take Avapro. Ask your doctor how to do this.
Avapro may result in any of the following side effects:
Side effects other than the ones listed above may occur, especially if you are taking Avapro for a condition other than hypertension.
Side effects are usually experienced mildly and disappear soon. If you experience any side effects that are unbearable or persistent, immediately inform your doctor.
Do not take Avapro if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the drug.
Avapro can harm an unborn baby or a fetus. You should not take this medication if pregnant, or if planning to get pregnant during the treatment period.
The following medical conditions may make Avapro unsafe to take: congestive heart failure, kidney disease, liver disease, or a condition that causes you to be dehydrated. Ask your doctor if Avapro is safe to take considering your medical history.
Do not take Avapro with any medications that contain aliskiren. Ask your doctor if any other medications, supplements, or vitamins you are taking may cause adverse reactions with Avapro.
Do not drink alcohol when taking Avapro. Alcohol can exacerbate certain side effects of the drug. It may also lead to dangerously low blood pressure.
Do not consume any potassium or salt supplements or substitutes when taking Avapro. Your doctor must approve any such supplements if you must take them.
You may feel dizzy when getting up or lying down suddenly when taking Avapro. Stand up or lie down slowly to prevent falling.