Generic Name: azilsartan (AY zil SAR tan)
Brand Name: Edarbi
Medically reviewed on November 6, 2017
What is azilsartan?
Azilsartan is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist. Azilsartan keeps blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow.
Azilsartan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).
Azilsartan may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Do not use azilsartan if you are pregnant. Stop using azilsartan and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use azilsartan if you are allergic to it.
If you have diabetes, do not use azilsartan together with any medication that contains aliskiren (Amturnide, Tekturna, Tekamlo, Valturna).
You may also need to avoid taking azilsartan with aliskiren if you have kidney disease.
To make sure azilsartan is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
an electrolyte imbalance (such as low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood);
congestive heart failure; or
if you are on a low-salt diet.
FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use if you are pregnant, and stop using if you become pregnant. Azilsartan can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester. Use effective birth control.
It is not known whether azilsartan passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while taking azilsartan.
How should I take azilsartan?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take azilsartan in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Azilsartan may be taken with or without food.
Your blood pressure will need to be checked often.
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 missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
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?
Do not use potassium supplements or salt substitutes while you are taking azilsartan, unless your doctor has told you to.
Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall.
Azilsartan side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
painful or difficult urination;
little or no urinating;
feeling tired or short of breath;
a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out; or
swelling in your feet or ankles.
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.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
Azilsartan dosing information
Usual Adult Dose for Hypertension:
80 mg orally once a day
Comments: Consider a starting dose of 40 mg orally once a day for patients on high diuretic doses.
What other drugs will affect azilsartan?
Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with azilsartan, especially:
a diuretic or "water pill";
any other heart or blood pressure medications; or
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with azilsartan, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
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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