What is eprosartan?
Eprosartan is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (sometimes called an ARB) that is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) in adults. Lowering blood pressure may lower your risk of a stroke or heart attack.
Eprosartan may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Do not use if you are pregnant. Stop using eprosartan and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.
If you have diabetes, do not take eprosartan with any medicine that contains aliskiren (a blood pressure medicine).
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 (a blood pressure medicine).
You may also need to avoid taking eprosartan with aliskiren if you have kidney disease.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
a heart condition other than one being treated with eprosartan;
kidney disease; or
if you are on a low-salt diet.
Do not use if you are pregnant. Stop using the medicine and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Eprosartan can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester.
If you plan to get pregnant, ask your doctor for a safer medicine to use before and during pregnancy. Having high blood pressure during pregnancy may cause complications in the mother and the baby.
You should not breastfeed while using eprosartan.
How should I take eprosartan?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Your blood pressure will need to be checked often. Your kidney function may also need to be checked.
It may take 2 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 medicine for the rest of your life. Treatment may also include diet, exercise, lowering cholesterol, not smoking, and controlling diabetes.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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 eprosartan?
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.
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.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
little or no urination; or
high potassium level--nausea, weakness, tingly feeling, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, loss of movement.
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.
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
-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?
Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:
a diuretic (water pill) or other medicines that lower blood pressure; or
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