Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular

Avapro

(irbesartan)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular
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Lowers blood pressure.

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Avapro (irbesartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects your kidneys and has few side effects.

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Upsides

  • Avapro (irbesartan) lowers your risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • It works similar to ACE inhibitors (like lisinopril), but it doesn't have the same side effects like coughing and facial swelling.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • It's recommended for people with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
  • Available in generic, and available with hydrochlorothiazide as a combination tablet.
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Downsides

  • You'll need to get yearly blood tests while taking Avapro (irbesartan) to see how it is affecting your body.
  • It's not safe to use Avapro (irbesartan) if you're pregnant.
  • Avapro (irbesartan) can cause the level of potassium in your blood to go up.
  • You'll need to get medical help if you notice any unusual swelling around your head and neck.
  • Can't be used in children under 18.
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How it works

Avapro (irbesartan) is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It lowers blood pressure by blocking a chemical that tightens the blood vessels. This allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.

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What to expect when you take Avapro (irbesartan) for High blood pressure

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Side effect rates for Avapro (irbesartan)

Risks and Warnings for Avapro (irbesartan)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Women of childbearing age

    Avapro (irbesartan) can cause birth defects. If you become pregnant, stop taking Avapro (irbesartan) right away and talk to your doctor.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Avapro (irbesartan)

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Kidneys and liver
  • Avapro (irbesartan) can hurt your kidneys. If you already have kidney damage, Avapro (irbesartan) could make it worse. Your doctor will do regular blood tests to check your kidneys, usually before you start Avapro (irbesartan), and at least once a year while you're still on it.
  • You'll need to have blood tests done regularly since Avapro (irbesartan) can affect your kidneys and potassium levels.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.