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- When pregnancy is detected, discontinue Tekturna as soon as possible.
- Drugs that act directly on the renin-angiotensin system can cause injury and death to the developing fetus.
Tekturna contains aliskiren hemifumarate, direct renin inhibitor, that is provided as tablets for oral administration. Aliskiren hemifumarate is chemically described as (2S,4S,5S,7S)-N-(2-carbamoyl-2-methylpropyl)-5-amino-4-hydroxy-2,7-diisopropyl-8-[4-methoxy-3-(3-methoxypropoxy)phenyl]-octanamide hemifumarate and its structural formula is:
Molecular formula: C30H53N3O6 • 0.5 C4H4O4
Aliskiren hemifumarate is a white to slightly yellowish crystalline powder with a molecular weight of 609.8 (free base- 551.8). It is soluble in phosphate buffer, n-octanol, and highly soluble in water.
What are the possible side effects of aliskiren (Tekturna)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; severe stomach pain; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
If you have an allergic reaction to aliskiren you should not take it again.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- feeling light-headed, fainting;
- nausea with slow uneven heart rate and a weak pulse;
- swelling around your eyes; or
- severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes,...
What are the precautions when taking aliskiren tablets (Tekturna)?
Before taking aliskiren, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: diabetes, kidney disease, severe loss of body water and minerals (dehydration).
This drug may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.
Too much sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting may cause you to feel lightheaded. Report prolonged diarrhea or vomiting to your doctor.
Last reviewed on RxList: 1/4/2016
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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