|(ir be SAR
Angiotensin II Antagonists|
|What key warnings should I know about before taking this
- Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant. Use during the second
and third trimester (more than 12 weeks pregnant) can cause harm to the baby you
are carrying. Call healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant. Your
medicine will need to be
|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to irbesartan or any other part of the
medicine. If you are allergic to another angiotensin receptor antagonist, talk
with healthcare provider.
- If you have any of the following conditions: Disease of the vessels
(arteries) that take blood to the kidney, primary hyperaldosteronism.
- If you are more than 12 weeks
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine is used to treat high blood
|How does it work?|
- Irbesartan lowers blood pressure by preventing a strong chemical in
the body from increasing blood
|How is it best taken?|
- Take with or without food. Take with food if this medicine causes an
- Follow diet plan (low salt) as recommended by healthcare
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- Do not take a double dose or extra
|What are the precautions when taking this
- Limit alcohol intake (includes wine, beer, and liquor). May increase
- Do not use over-the-counter products that increase blood pressure.
These include cough or cold remedies, diet pills, stimulants, ibuprofen or like
products, and certain herbs or supplements. Talk with healthcare provider.
- Avoid potassium-containing salt substitutes and potassium supplements.
Talk with healthcare provider.
- Be careful in hot weather. You may see a greater blood pressure
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Do not use in pregnancy and do not get pregnant. Use birth control
that you can trust while taking this medicine.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Dizziness is common. Rise slowly over several minutes from sitting or
lying position. Be careful climbing stairs.
- Lightheaded. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities that
require you to be alert until you see how this medicine affects
|What should I monitor?|
- Check blood pressure
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Passing out, fainting, dizziness, or lightheadedness.
- Severe headache.
- Any rash.
- If you become pregnant while on this
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store in a tight, light-resistant container at room
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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