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Eprosartan

Generic Name: eprosartan (EP roe SAR tan)
Brand Name: Teveten

Medically reviewed on November 23, 2016

What is eprosartan?

Eprosartan is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist. Eprosartan keeps blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow.

Eprosartan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). It is sometimes given together with other blood pressure medications.

Eprosartan may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

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

If you have diabetes, do not use eprosartan together with any medication that contains aliskiren (Amturnide, Tekturna, Tekamlo, Valturna).

In rare cases, eprosartan can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use eprosartan if you are allergic to it.

If you have diabetes, do not use eprosartan together with any medication that contains aliskiren (such as Amturnide, Tekturna, Tekamlo).

You may also need to avoid taking eprosartan with aliskiren if you have kidney disease.

To make sure eprosartan is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

Do not use if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant, stop taking this medicine and tell your doctor right away. Eprosartan can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester.

Eprosartan can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.

How should I take eprosartan?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Your blood pressure will need to be checked often.

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

It may take up to 3 weeks before your blood pressure is under control. 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 medication for the rest of your life.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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 eprosartan?

Do not use potassium supplements or salt substitutes while you are taking eprosartan, 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.

Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of eprosartan.

Eprosartan side effects

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

In rare cases, eprosartan can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;

  • little or no urination;

  • chest pain, fast heart rate; or

  • swelling in your hands or feet.

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)

Eprosartan dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Hypertension:

Initial dose: 600 mg orally once a day as monotherapy assuming euvolemia
Maintenance dose: 400 to 800 mg orally per day in 1 or 2 divided doses

Comments:
-Maximum blood pressure reduction may take 2 to 3 weeks.
-If antihypertension measured at trough using once a day dosing is inadequate, consider twice a day dosing at the same daily dose or an increased dose.
-Limited experience exists with daily doses greater than 800 mg.

What other drugs will affect eprosartan?

Other drugs may interact with eprosartan, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.

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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