IRBESARTAN (ir be SAR tan) is an angiotensin II receptor blocker, also known as an ARB. It treats high blood pressure. It can also slow kidney damage in some patients.
What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
kidney or liver disease
an unusual or allergic reaction to irbesartan, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medication?
Take this drug by mouth. Take it as directed on the prescription label at the same time every day. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Keep taking it unless your health care provider tells you to stop.
Talk to your health care provider about the use of this drug in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medication?
diuretics, especially triamterene, spironolactone, or amiloride
potassium salts or potassium supplements
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
confusion, dizziness, light headedness or fainting spells
decreased amount of urine passed
difficulty breathing or swallowing, hoarseness, or tightening of the throat
fast or irregular heart beat or palpitations
swelling of your face, lips, tongue, hands, or feet
unusual rash or hives
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
decreased sexual function
fatigue or tiredness
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Check your blood pressure as directed. Ask your doctor or health care professional what your blood pressure should be and when you should contact him or her. Call your doctor or health care professional if you notice an irregular or fast heart beat.
Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child, particularly in the second or third trimester. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can make you more drowsy and dizzy. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Avoid salt substitutes unless you are told otherwise by your doctor or health care professional.
Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds, or pain while you are taking this medicine without asking your doctor or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients may increase your blood pressure.
Where should I keep my medication?
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused drug after the expiration date.
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