Eprosartan Side Effects
Some side effects of eprosartan may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
For the Consumer
Applies to eprosartan: oral tablet
Along with its needed effects, eprosartan may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking eprosartan:Less common
- Burning or painful urination or changes in urinary frequency
- sore throat
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting
- swollen face, lips, limbs, or tongue
Some side effects of eprosartan may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:Less common or rare
- Abdominal or stomach pain
- joint pain
- unusual tiredness
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to eprosartan: oral tablet
In general, eprosartan has been well tolerated. Prior to FDA approval data have shown that the incidence of adverse drug events (ADEs) associated the use of eprosartan was similar to the incidence of ADEs associated with the use of placebo. The most frequently occurring ADEs that were considered to be associated with the use of eprosartan (but as prevalent among placebo patients) included headache, dizziness, myalgia, sinusitis, diarrhea, bronchitis, dyspepsia, edema, and chest pain. The majority of ADEs were mild to moderate in severity. In placebo-controlled trials, 4% of treated patients discontinued therapy due to an ADE, compared with 6.5% of patients given placebo.
Nervous system side effects have included anxiety, ataxia, insomnia, migraine, neuritis, nervousness, paresthesia, somnolence, tremor, vertigo, and tinnitus in less than 1% of patients.
Respiratory side effects have included upper respiratory tract infection (8%), rhinitis (4%), pharyngitis (4%), cough (4%), asthma (<1%), and epistaxis (<1%).
Angiotensin II receptor blockade, unlike ACE inhibition, has no impact on the processing of peptides such as bradykinin and substance P, two peptides able to induce cough.
The incidence of cough was not significantly different and averaged 3.5% and 2.6%, respectively, in patients who were given eprosartan and placebo. In comparative studies, the average incidence of cough among patients enalapril ranged from 6.1% to 12.8%, nearly two to three times the incidence of cough among patients given eprosartan (1.5% to 6.5%).
Cardiovascular side effects of eprosartan reported in less than 1% of patients have included angina pectoris, bradycardia, abnormal ECG, extrasystoles, atrial fibrillation, hypotension (including orthostatic hypotension), tachycardia, palpitations, and peripheral ischemia.
Metabolic side effects have included hypertriglyceridemia (1%); and increased creatine phosphokinase, diabetes mellitus, glycosuria, gout, hypercholesterolemia, hyperglycemia, hyperkalemia, hypokalemia, and hyponatremia in less than 1% of patients.
Dermatologic side effects reported in less than 1% of patients have included eczema, furunculosis, pruritus, rash, and maculopapular rash.
Gastrointestinal side effects have included abdominal pain (2%). Anorexia, constipation, dry mouth, esophagitis, flatulence, gastritis, gastroenteritis, gingivitis, nausea, periodontitis, toothache, and vomiting have been reported in less than 1% of patients. A case of dysgeusia and burning mouth syndrome has been reported.
Musculoskeletal side effects have included arthralgia (2%), arthritis, arthrosis, skeletal pain, tendonitis, leg cramps, and back pain in less than 1% of patients. In addition, rare reports of rhabdomyolysis have been reported during postmarketing experience in patients receiving angiotensin II receptor blockers.
Hematologic side effects have included anemia and purpura in less than 1% of patients, decrease in hemoglobin of more than 20% (0.1%), leukopenia (0.3%), neutropenia (1.3%), and thrombocytopenia (0.3%).
Hepatic side effects have included minor increases in AST (SGOT), ALT (SGPT), and alkaline phosphatase in less than 1% of patients. One case of elevated ALT >3.5 times ULN has been reported.
Renal side effects have included minor increases in creatinine (0.6%) and BUN (1.3%). The use of angiotensin II receptor antagonists in patients whose renal function depends on the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (i.e., congestive heart failure) has been associated with oliguria and/or progressive azotemia and rarely acute renal failure and/or death. Increases in serum creatinine and BUN have been reported with other angiotensin II receptor antagonists in patients with unilateral or bilateral renal artery stenosis.
Endocrine side effects have included increased sweating in less than 1% of patients.
Ocular side effects have included conjunctivitis, abnormal vision, and xerophthalmia in less than 1% of patients.
Psychiatric side effects have included depression (1%).
Genitourinary side effects have included urinary tract infection (1%). Albuminuria, cystitis, hematuria, micturition frequency, polyuria, renal calculus, and urinary incontinence have been reported in less than 1% of patients.
Side effects affecting the body as a whole have included viral infection (2%), injury (2%), and fatigue (2%). Alcohol intolerance, asthenia, substernal chest pain, peripheral edema, fever, hot flushes, influenza-like symptoms, malaise, rigors, pain, herpes simplex, otitis externa, and otitis media have been reported in less than 1% of patients.
More eprosartan resources
- eprosartan Concise Consumer Information (Cerner Multum)
- eprosartan MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
- eprosartan Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
- Eprosartan Prescribing Information (FDA)
- Eprosartan Mesylate Monograph (AHFS DI)
- Teveten Prescribing Information (FDA)
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