Brand Names: Edarbi
Generic Name: azilsartan (Pronunciation: AY zil SAR tan)
- What is azilsartan (Edarbi)?
- What are the possible side effects of azilsartan (Edarbi)?
- What is the most important information I should know about azilsartan (Edarbi)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking azilsartan (Edarbi)?
- How should I take azilsartan (Edarbi)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Edarbi)?
- What happens if I overdose (Edarbi)?
- What should I avoid while taking azilsartan (Edarbi)?
- What other drugs will affect azilsartan (Edarbi)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is azilsartan (Edarbi)?
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.
What are the possible side effects of azilsartan (Edarbi)?
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:
- feeling like you might pass out;
- urinating less or not at all;
- confusion, loss of appetite, vomiting, pain in your side or lower back; or
- swelling, rapid weight gain.
Other common side effects may include:
- diarrhea, nausea;
- muscle spasm;
- mild dizziness; or
- weakness, tired feeling.
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.
What is the most important information I should know about azilsartan (Edarbi)?
Do not use azilsartan if you are pregnant. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to azilsartan.
Before you take azilsartan, tell your doctor about all your other medical conditions and allergies. Also make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. In some cases, you may not be able to use azilsartan, or you may need a dose adjustment or special precautions.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking azilsartan (Edarbi)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to azilsartan.
If you have diabetes or kidney disease, you may not be able to take azilsartan if you are also taking a blood pressure medication that contains aliskiren (Amturnide, Tekturna, Tekamlo, or Valturna).
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 (Edarbi)?
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 this medicine 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 medication for the rest of your life.
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.
Store in the original container at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and light.
What happens if I miss a dose (Edarbi)?
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 (Edarbi)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking azilsartan (Edarbi)?
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.
What other drugs will affect azilsartan (Edarbi)?
Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with azilsartan, especially:
- any other heart or blood pressure medications;
- a diuretic or "water pill"; or
- a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib, diclofenac, indomethacin, meloxicam, and others.
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.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about azilsartan.
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.
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