Avapro is primarily used for the treatment of high blood pressure but it is also prescribed in people with type ii diabetes to reduce damage to the kidneys, often delaying the need for dialysis and a kidney transplant.
You may take it with or without a meal. Blood pressure will only decline gradually so it may be a couple of weeks before you get the full benefit of the drug. So do not stop taking it until you get complete relief.
You should try and take your doses on time taking care not to miss any. But if you do miss a dose, then skip it and continue with your regular dose. But do not take a double dose.
Store it at room temperature.
The typical symptoms of an overdose are low blood pressure and an abnormally slow or rapid heartbeat. If you suspect an overdose, then seek medical attention immediately.
The drug may cause light-headedness, dizziness, and faintness in some people. Do not consume alcohol along with the drug. Do not drive or handle heavy machinery until you know how to react to the drug.
Do not use Avapro if:
you are allergic to any ingredient in Avapro;
you are pregnant and past your third month.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Avapro may cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, or lightheadedness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Avapro with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
Patients who take medicine for high blood pressure often feel tired or run down for a few weeks after starting treatment. Be sure to take your medicine even if you may not feel "normal." Tell your doctor if you develop any new symptoms.
Avapro may not work as well in black patients. They may also be at greater risk of side effects. Contact your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse.
Avapro should not be used in children younger than 6 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Do not take Avapro after the third month of pregnancy. It may cause injury or death to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor right away. It is not known if Avapro is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Avapro.
Possible Side Effects
Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:
anxiety; chest pain; diarrhea; dizziness; flu; headache; heartburn/indigestion; muscle injury; tiredness; muscle pain; nausea; nervousness; runny nose; sinus abnormality; sore throat; stomach pain; swelling; upper respiratory tract infection; urinary tract infection; vomiting.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur:
severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; fast heartbeat; fainting.
Avapro is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.