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Azilsartan and chlorthalidone

Generic Name: azilsartan and chlorthalidone (AY zil SAR tan and klor THAL i done)
Brand Name: Edarbyclor

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Oct 24, 2019 – Written by Cerner Multum

What is azilsartan and chlorthalidone?

Azilsartan is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (sometimes called an ARB). Chlorthalidone is a thiazide diuretic (water pill).

Azilsartan and chlorthalidone is a combination medicine used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering blood pressure may lower your risk of a stroke or heart attack.

Azilsartan and chlorthalidone may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

You should not use azilsartan and chlorthalidone if you are unable to urinate.

Do not use if you are pregnant. Stop using the medicine and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.

If you have diabetes, do not use azilsartan and chlorthalidone together with any medication that contains aliskiren (a blood pressure medicine).

Before taking this medicine

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to azilsartan or chlorthalidone, or if you are unable to urinate.

If you have diabetes, do not use azilsartan and chlorthalidone together with any medication that contains aliskiren (a blood pressure medicine).

You may also need to avoid taking azilsartan and chlorthalidone with aliskiren if you have kidney disease.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • liver or kidney disease;

  • gout;

  • an electrolyte imbalance (such as low levels of potassium in your blood);

  • heart disease or a stroke; or

  • if you are dehydrated.

Do not use if you are pregnant. Stop using the medicine and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Azilsartan and chlorthalidone can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester.

You should not breast-feed while you are using this medicine.

Azilsartan and chlorthalidone is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.

How should I take azilsartan and chlorthalidone?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

You may take azilsartan and chlorthalidone with or without food.

Your blood pressure will need to be checked often. Your kidney function may also need to be checked.

You may have very low blood pressure while taking this medicine. Call your doctor if you are sick with vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than usual.

Keep using this medicine as directed, even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medicine for the rest of your life.

Store in the original container at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and light.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking azilsartan and chlorthalidone?

Do not use potassium supplements or salt substitutes, unless your doctor has told you to.

Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy.

Azilsartan and chlorthalidone side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • feeling like you might pass out;

  • little or no urination;

  • swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath; or

  • signs of electrolyte imbalance--dry mouth, extreme thirst, weakness, drowsiness, restless feeling, confusion, increased or decreased urination, nausea and vomiting, constipation, muscle pain or weakness, fast heart rate, or seizure (convulsions).

Common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Azilsartan and chlorthalidone dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Hypertension:

Initial dose: Azilsartan 40 mg-Chlorthalidone 12.5 mg orally once a day

Maximum dose: Azilsartan 40 mg-Chlorthalidone 25 mg orally once a day

Comments:
-Correct any volume depletion prior to administration, especially in patients with impaired renal function or those on high diuretic doses.
-May increase dose after 2 to 4 weeks as needed to achieve blood pressure goal.
-Patients not controlled with azilsartan 80 mg monotherapy may achieve additional systolic and diastolic blood pressure reduction of 13 and 6 mmHg, respectively, when switched to the initial dose of this drug; patients not controlled with chlorthalidone 25 mg monotherapy may achieve additional systolic and diastolic blood pressure reduction of 10 and 7 mmHg, respectively, when switched to the initial dose of this drug.
-This drug may be used as initial therapy if multiple drugs are likely needed to achieve blood pressure goals.

What other drugs will affect azilsartan and chlorthalidone?

Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:

  • digoxin;

  • lithium;

  • a diuretic or "water pill"; or

  • other heart or blood pressure medicines.

This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect azilsartan and chlorthalidone, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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