Avapro vs. Edarbi

Are Avapro and Edarbi the Same Thing?

Avapro (irbesartan) and Edarbi (azilsartan medoxomil) are angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).

Avapro is sometimes given together with other blood pressure medications. Avapro is also used to treat kidney problems caused by type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Avapro?

Common side effects of Avapro include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Edarbi?

Common side effects of Edarbi include:

Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Edarbi including:

  • muscle spasms,
  • unusual changes in the amount of urine,
  • symptoms of a high potassium blood level (such as muscle weakness, slow or irregular heartbeat),
  • feeling like you might pass out,
  • confusion,
  • loss of appetite,
  • vomiting,
  • pain in your side or lower back,
  • swelling, or
  • rapid weight gain.

What Is Avapro?

Avapro (irbesartan) is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Avapro is sometimes given together with other blood pressure medications. Avapro is also used to treat kidney problems caused by type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes.

What Is Edarbi?

Edarbi (azilsartan medoxomil) is an antihypertensive drug indicated for the treatment of hypertension. If blood pressure is not controlled with Edarbi alone, additional blood pressure reduction can be achieved by taking Edarbi with other antihypertensive agents.


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What Drugs Interact With Avapro?

Avapro may interact with diuretics (water pills) or aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

What Drugs Interact With Edarbi?

Edarbi may interact with other heart or blood pressure medications, diuretics (water pills), or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

How Should Avapro Be Taken?

To treat hypertension the recommended starting dose of Avapro is 150 mg once daily. Patients requiring further reduction in blood pressure should be adjusted to 300 mg once daily. To treat nephropathy in type 2 diabetic patients, the recommended target maintenance dose is 300 mg once daily. Avapro may interact with diuretics (water pills), digoxin, or blood thinners. Tell your doctor all medications you use. Avapro is not recommended for use during pregnancy due to the risk for harm to the fetus. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

How Should Edarbi Be Taken?

The recommended dose of Edarbi in adults is 80 mg taken orally once daily. A starting dose of 40 mg is considered for patients who are treated with high doses of diuretics.


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