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Irbesartan is the generic name for Avapro. It is known to be an angiotensin 2 receptor antagonist that decreases particular chemicals in a human body. This decrease in chemicals results in the narrowing of blood vessels along with the sodium and fluid that is to be placed inside a person’s kidneys. This medicine may also be used in the treatment or medication of kidney disease found in some people with type 2 diabetes.
Irbesartan can be taken if a person before or after eating. However, this medicine should be taken regularly. If a dosage has been missed, a person should take the missed dosage as soon as possible. If a person has missed a dosage and it is almost time to take the next dosage then he/she should skip missed dosage and continue with his/her regular dosing schedule. One dose of the medicine is enough. A person should not take 2 doses at once.
There are some instances when this medicine should not be taken. These instances are if the patient is a pregnant woman who’s well into her third month of pregnancy and if the patient is allergic to any of this medicine’s ingredients.
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There are also some cases when preexisting medical conditions conflict with this particular medicine. These conditions are if a woman is pregnant or planning to be pregnant, if the pregnant woman is breastfeeding or if a person has any allergies to a particular medicine, food, or substance. There are also other conditions which may conflict with the medicine such as if a person has problems with his/her kidney functions, if a person is taking other types of medicines or supplements, or if a person has a low blood volume or low blood sodium levels. Other medicine such as lithium or potassium-sparing diuretics may also affect the taking or result of this medicine. It is therefore necessary to consult with your doctor first with regards to this medication and its possible effects in these scenarios.
Irbesartan, like other medicines, may cause some side effects to its users. The most common side effects that a person may experience are diarrhea, dizziness or nausea, sinus abnormality, sore throat, stomach pain, heartburn, headache, flu, urinary tract infection, upper respiratory tract infection, or vomiting. There is also the possibility that some severe side effects may be felt by a person who has just taken this medication. These severe side effects are tightness in chest, fast heartbeat, fainting, severe allergic reactions like hives or rashes, and difficulty in breathing. If any of these severe side effects occur, the patient must see a doctor right away.
There are other pieces of information regarding this medicine that must be looked at before starting one’s dosage. Black patients may not find this medicine that effective. There is also the increased risk of the medicine’s side effects on them. This medicine should not be taken by children if he/she is younger than 6 years of age. A pregnant woman who is after the third month of her pregnancy should also not take this medicine since this medication may harm or cause death to the fetus. It is also important not to breastfeed if you’re planning to go on this medication.
This medication is good for two years after its date of manufacture. It costs as low as $34.48 for a package that consists of 30 pills which contain 150 mg per pill. This amounts to $1.15 per pill.
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