Avapro General Information
Avapro is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist used mainly for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension).
Avapro is also indicated for the treatment of diabetic nephropathy with an elevated serum creatinine and proteinuria in patients with type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
In people with type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, Avapro is also prescribed to stave off damage to the kidneys, often delaying the need for dialysis and a kidney transplant.
Avapro may be used alone or in combination with other medicines.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Take Avapro exactly as directed.
Take Avapro tablets by mouth. Avapro is usually taken once a day with or without food.
Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Continue to take Avapro even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Avapro without talking to your doctor.
No dosage adjustment is necessary in elderly patients, or in patients with hepatic impairment or mild to severe renal impairment.
If you miss a dose of Avapro, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Store your tablets at room temperature, away from excess heat and moisture.
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light.
Do not store in the bathroom.
Avapro Possible Side Effects
Infrequent side effects such as dizziness, diarrhea, stomach upset, stuffed nose or dry mouth may occur the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication.
If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor.
Unlikely to occur but report promptly abdominal pain, persistent sore throat, muscle weakness, unusual fatigue, joint or muscle aches, fever or major change in the amount of urine eliminated.
In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness or breathing trouble.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor your medical history, including any pre-existing kidney or liver disease, congestive heart failure, diabetes or any allergies, especially drug allergies.
To avoid dizziness and lightheadedness when rising from a seated or lying position, get up slowly.
Also limit your intake of alcoholic beverages which will aggravate these effects.
Use caution performing tasks requiring alertness if this medication causes you to feel dizzy.
Caution is advised when this drug is used in the elderly.
This medication can cause harm to a fetus and its use is not recommended during pregnancy.
Consult your doctor before using this medication.
It is not known if this drug is excreted into breast milk.
Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Avapro Missed Dose
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Tell your doctor of all over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take including any other drugs for blood pressure (e.g., diuretics-"water pills").
Do not take any over-the-counter medication for allergies or cough or colds without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
Many of the products contain ingredients which may interact with the effects of this medication.
Also, tell your doctor of any aspirin or aspirin-like pain or fever medications that you use and of other drugs that can cause kidney problems such as amphotericin, gentamicin, etc.
Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.