Azilsartan (By mouth)
Azilsartan Medoxomil (ay-zil-SAR-tan me-DOX-oh-mil)
Treats high blood pressure. A lower blood pressure will reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack. This medicine is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB).
EdarbiThere may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:Do not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to azilsartan, or if you are pregnant.
How to Use This Medicine:
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- Carefully follow your doctor's instructions about any special diet. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids if you exercise, sweat more than usual, or have diarrhea or vomiting.
- This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:
- Store your medicine in the original container, away from heat, moisture, and light.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
- Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you also use pain or arthritis medicine. This includes aspirin, celecoxib, ibuprofen, naproxen, Advil®, Aleve®, Celebrex®, Ecotrin®, or Motrin®. Tell your doctor if you also use other medicines to treat blood pressure or heart problems, or use a diuretic or water pill, such as hydrochlorothiazide, furosemide, torsemide, Demadex®, or Lasix®.
Warnings While Using This Medicine:
- Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are breastfeeding, or if you have kidney problems, congestive heart failure, or an electrolyte imbalance (low sodium in the blood).
- This medicine may make you dizzy, lightheaded, or drowsy, especially when you first begin to use it. Stand or sit up slowly if you are dizzy.
- This medicine could cause dehydration. Symptoms include dry mouth, thirst, unusual tiredness, and less urine than usual. Dehydration is more likely to occur if you have diarrhea or vomiting, sweat heavily, or do not drink enough water.
- Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments. Blood tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.
- Even if you feel well, do not stop using this medicine without asking your doctor. This medicine will not cure your high blood pressure, but it will help lower it and keep it down. You may have to take blood pressure medicine for the rest of your life
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Change in how much or how often you urinate
- Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088Last Updated:
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