Avapro is used to treat high blood pressure hypertension and to help protect the kidneys from damage due to diabetes. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. Irbesartan belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers. It works by relaxing blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily.
Take Avapro by mouth with or without food. Take Avapro on a regular schedule to get the most benefits from it. Taking Avapro at the same time each day will help you remember to take it. Continue to take Avapro even if you feel well. Do not miss any dose. If you miss a dose of Avapro, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
You are allergic to any ingredient in Avapro. If you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances. if you are able to become pregnant. if you have an angioedema swelling of the hands, face, lips, eyes, throat, or tongue; difficulty swallowing or breathing. Important safety information: Avapro may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting; alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever may increase these effects. Avapro may cause a serious side effect called angioedema. Dehydration, excessive sweating, vomiting, or diarrhea may increase the risk of low blood pressure. Contact your health provider at once if any of these occur. Avapro should not be used in children have not been confirmed. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Do not take Avapro after the third month of pregnancy. It may cause injury or death to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor right away.
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Diarrhea, dizziness; tiredness, Severe allergic reactions rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the hands, eyes, mouth, face, lips, or tongue ; hoarseness; change in the amount of urine produced; chest pain; dark urine; difficulty swallowing; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; muscle pain or cramps; severe or persistent stomach pain with or without nausea or vomiting; severe or persistent tiredness; symptoms of low blood pressure eg, fainting, severe dizziness, lightheadedness; vision changes; yellowing of the skin or eyes. To reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.