Avapro (Irbesartan)

What is Avapro?

Belonging to a group of angiotensin II receptor antagonist, the remedy prevents blood vessels from narrowing. As a result, the active ingredient of the drug, Irbesartan, advances the blood flow and decreases the blood pressure. Generally, Avapro is prescribed to patients, who are diagnosed with hypertension. The medication can be given together with other blood pressure remedies. Apart from the main indication, Avapro can improve the symptoms of kidney disorders related to type 2 diabetes. You can administer the treatment for other purposes, not specified in the safety guide. However, contact your doctor beforehand to make the course 100% safe and effective.


Recommendations for Use

Start the therapy with proper doctor’s consultation. You need to inform the medical provider about all the health complications, illnesses and impairments you have and medications you take in order to get an appropriate and safe dose. Follow the adjustments to minimize the risk of side effects occurrence. An initial recommended dose does not exceed 150 mg a day, though it can be advanced or decreased, in accordance with individual peculiarities of the patient’s health state. Your doctor can change the prescription even during the treatment course to guarantee a maximally effective therapy. The drug can be used with or without food. Regular Avapro intake is halfway to a successful treatment course. Your blood pressure needs to be tested often.

Precautions and Contraindications

Do not trigger the medicine use if you are allergic to Irbesartan, other components of the drug or similar medications. Patients, diagnosed with diabetes should not combine Avapro with Aliskiren containing remedies. The pharmaceutical is not approved for people with serious kidney impairments. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid the medication use, as its composition can activate unwanted influences on the health of a nursing and unborn child.

To achieve a desired positive Avapro impact on health, a patient should provide the doctor with minor to severe illnesses, health complications and disorders he/she has, paying ultimate attention to liver disorders, dehydration, kidney impairments, congestive heart failure and others.

Drug Interactions

Certain prescription and generic medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal supplements and other pharmaceuticals can interfere with Avapro course, changing the expected results of the treatment course. Some of them can enhance the effect, leading to drug overuse. Others will eliminate the desirable results, while a bulk of interactions bears a potential risk of side effects appearance. Avapro can interact with multiple drugs, especially Lithium. Warn your doctor about all the accompanying treatment courses to avoid harmful consequences.

Side Effects

Seek immediate medical assistance in case Avapro intake has resulted in allergic reactions or other health complications. The breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue has been reported after Avapro use with further kidney failure. Additionally, a patient may experience certain complications, related to rapid weight gain, urination disorders, lightheadedness, swelling, diarrhea, abnormal tiredness, stomach pain or discomfort and others. Your healthcare provider should be warned about all the minor complications and disorders during the therapy.