Irbesartan (Avapro) – What You Need To Know

Brand Name: Avapro

What is Irbesartan (Avapro)?

The Information about Irbesartan (Avapro) contained herein is a compilation of materials available from and simplified for the average consumer.

irbesartanavaproAngiotensin II is a natural substance in your body that narrows your blood vessels, releases a hormone that increases the amount of sodium and water in your body, and can also thicken and stiffen the walls of your blood vessels and heart.

Irbesartan also known by the brand name Avapro is an Angiotensin II receptor blocker, which helps to stop this damage within the blood vessels.

There are drug free alternatives to lowering your blood pressure that may be effective for you. Read about them here.

How to use Irbesartan (Avapro)

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Irbesartan (Avapro).

  • taking pillTake Irbesartan (Avapro) as prescribed on your medication bottle. Do not take more or less or for longer than recommended by your doctor.
  • Take Irbesartan (Avapro) at the same time every day by mouth.
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. Do not double your dose. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Irbesartan (Avapro).

What to know before using Irbesartan (Avapro):

If any of the following conditions apply to you, DO NOT TAKE Irbesartan (Avapro):

Diabetics and those with kidney problems should not use Irbesartan (Avapro) with any medication that contains Aliskiren (Amturnide, Tekturna, Tekamlo, Valturna).

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Irbesartan (Avapro)
  • you are pregnant

If any of the following conditions apply to you, discuss with your doctor before taking or changing your dosage of Irbesartan (Avapro):

  • angiodema-hivesPlanning to become pregnant, are breast-feeding or are able to become pregnant
  • Using any medicines, or herbal / dietary supplements
  • Are allergic to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • Have a history of angioedema of any kind.
  • Have heart problems
  • Have blood vessel or blood flow problems
  • Are diabetic
  • Have kidney problems
  • History of stroke or recent heart attack
  • Are dehydrated
  • Have low blood volume
  • Have electrolyte problems
  • Are on a low-salt (sodium) diet
  • Are on dialysis

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Irbesartan (Avapro). Discuss with your doctor if you are taking any of the following:

  • medicationDiuretics
  • Potassium-sparing diuretics
  • ACE inhibitors
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Lithium

This list may not be complete.  Speak with your doctor if you are going to take or change your dose of Irbesartan (Avapro).


Side effects of Irbesartan (Avapro):

Discuss with your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • Chills
  • cold sweats
  • confusion
  • dizziness, faintness, or light headed
  • Bladder pain
  • bloody or cloudy urine
  • chest pain
  • difficult, burning, or painful urination
  • fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
  • frequent urge to urinate
  • lower back or side pain
  • Chest discomfort
  • decreased urine output
  • dilated neck veins
  • extreme fatigue
  • feeling of warmth
  • fever
  • irregular breathing
  • irregular heartbeat
  • nausea
  • pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
  • redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
  • shortness of breath
  • sweating
  • swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
  • tightness in the chest
  • troubled breathing
  • vomiting
  • weight gain
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • black, tarry stools
  • bleeding gums
  • clay-colored stools
  • dark urine
  • decreased frequency of urine
  • headache
  • increased thirst
  • itching
  • large hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle cramps or spasms
  • muscle pain or stiffness
  • nervousness
  • numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
  • pinpoint red spots on the skin
  • rash
  • unpleasant breath odor
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting of blood
  • weakness or heaviness of the legs
  • weight gain
  • yellow eyes or skin

Less serious side effects include:

  • Acid or sour stomach
  • belching
  • body aches or pain
  • bone pain
  • congestion
  • cough
  • diarrhea
  • dryness or soreness of the throat
  • feeling of indigestion
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • heartburn
  • hoarseness
  • joint pain
  • pain in the chest below the breastbone
  • runny nose
  • shivering
  • sneezing
  • stomach discomfort or upset
  • stuffy nose
  • sweating
  • tender, swollen glands in the neck
  • trouble sleeping
  • trouble with swallowing
  • voice changes
  • Blistering, crusting, irritation, itching, or reddening of the skin
  • bloated or full feeling
  • blurred or loss of vision
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles”, or tingling feelings
  • change in hearing
  • cracked, dry, scaly skin
  • decreased interest in sexual intercourse
  • depression
  • difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
  • disturbed color perception
  • double vision
  • ear drainage
  • earache or pain in the ear
  • excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
  • halos around lights
  • hives or welts
  • inability to have or keep an erection
  • large, flat, blue or purplish patches in the skin
  • loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
  • night blindness
  • overbright appearance of lights
  • pain, swelling, or redness in the joints
  • passing gas
  • sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
  • tunnel vision
  • Feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  • sensation of spinning

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Irbesartan (Avapro) Natural Alternatives:

tikvawithdrinkIf you are taking Irbesartan (Avapro) or other Angiotensin II receptor blockers, the various ingredients  in Tikva have been proven through either clinical trials or other research to lower your blood pressure naturally by dilating (widening) the arteries. Tikva has several natural ingredients that help to widen the arteries, so they do not become too narrow.

Several of the ingredients in Tikva can also increase circulation, dissolve plaque that is already in the arteries and reduce new plaque from forming. In addition, there are ingredients in Tikva to help reduce stress that often increases blood pressure without all of the side effects.

Read more about the natural ingredients in Tikva on our research and ingredients page, by clicking here.

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The information provided on this page should not be used to decide whether or not to take Irbesartan (Avapro) or any other medicine. Consult your doctor to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition.

This information about Irbesartan (Avapro) is a brief summary and does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Irbesartan (Avapro).

This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must speak with your doctor for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Irbesartan (Avapro).