Avapro/Aprovel (Irbesartan) Product Information
Avapro/Aprovel, or generic Irbesartan, is a high blood pressure medication. This medication can also be used to treat kidney problems caused by type 2 diabetes. Avapro works by relaxing the blood vessels, allowing your blood pressure to decrease.
What is Avapro used for?
Avapro is prescribed for hypertension, better known as high blood pressure.
As an angiotensin II receptor blocker, Avapro keeps the blood vessels relaxed and dilated. When these vessels are narrow, the pressure of the blood increases.
When Avapro is taken, it reduces the blood pressure, and it decreases the activity of the angiotensin II chemical that causes blood vessels to become narrow.
Avapro should be taken the way your doctor directs.
When it comes to dosage, you should have an initial dosage of 150 mg once daily if you suffer from diabetic nephropathy. If well tolerated, you can take a maintenance dose of between 150 mg to 300 mg once per day.
If being taken to treat hypertension, then the same initial and maintenance dosages should be taken.
This medication can be taken with or without food and you should have your blood pressure checked regularly. Even if your symptoms improve, continue taking Avapro as directed by your doctor.
Irbesartan Side Effects
Avapro may cause some side effects and it is good to be aware of these. The most common side effects are mild and not alarming.
- Stomach disturbances
Report severe side effects like little to no urination, lightheadedness, lack of appetite, vomiting or pain in your lower back or side. Your doctor might adjust your dose or prescribe a safer alternative.
Avapro is an effective medicine when taken correctly and safely. To ensure it works for you, make sure you take some precautions prior to use. So, let your physician know if you:
- Have diabetes and taking a medicine that contains aliskiren. Good examples of such a medicine include Tekamlo, Amturnide and Tekturna.
- Are pregnant or looking to conceive.
- You drink alcohol as combining it with Avapro can lower your blood pressure to an unsafe level
- Are taking potassium supplements or another salt substitute
- If you start taking Avapro, be alert to notice symptoms of kidney failure: muscle pain, weakness, unusual fatigue and dark colored urine
- Let your doctor know about any other medicine you are taking, including lithium