18 . July , 2018 - Wednesday
Check todays hot topics or new products

Find a Drug: Advanced

Please Sign in or Register

All about: Avalide

Big Image

Generic name: Irbesartan, Hydrochlorothiazide
Brand names: Avalide

Why is Avalide prescribed?

Avalide is a combination medication used to treat high blood pressure. One component, irbesartan, belongs to a class of blood pressure medications that prevents the hormone angiotensin II from constricting the blood vessels, thereby allowing blood to flow more freely and keeping blood pressure down. The other component, hydrochlorothiazide, is a diuretic that increases the output of urine, removing excess fluid from the body and thus lowering blood pressure.

Combinations such as Avalide are usually prescribed only when treatment with a single medication fails to lower blood pressure sufficiently. Avalide can be combined with yet other blood pressure medicines if your pressure remains too high.

Most important fact about Avalide

If you have high blood pressure, you must take Avalide regularly for it to be effective. Since blood pressure declines gradually, it may be several weeks before you get the full benefit of Avalide and you must continue taking it even if you are feeling well. Avalide does not cure high blood pressure, it merely keeps it under control.

How should you take Avalide?

Avalide can be taken with or without food.

--If you miss a dose...

Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take 2 doses at the same time.

--Storage instructions...

Store Avalide at room temperature.

What side effects may occur?

Avalide is unlikely to produce side effects, and if any do occur they are usually mild and temporary. Nevertheless, be sure to report all side effects to your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Avalide.

  • More common side effects may include:
    Dizziness, fatigue, influenza, muscle and bone pain, nausea, swelling due to water retention, vomiting

Why should Avalide not be prescribed?

If Avalide gives you an allergic reaction, you'll be unable to use it. You should also avoid it if you have an allergy to sulfa drugs, and if you're unable to urinate.

Special warnings about Avalide

Avalide can cause low blood pressure, especially if your body is short of fluid. This can happen due to excessive sweating, inadequate fluid intake, diarrhea, or vomiting, as well as dialysis or use of another diuretic. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, and call your doctor if your mouth becomes dry, you feel weak or tired or sluggish, you are unusually thirsty, you feel restless or confused, you ache all over, you find you are urinating less frequently, your heart starts beating faster, or you become nauseous

If your blood pressure drops excessively, you may feel light-headed or faint, especially during the first few days of therapy. If these symptoms occur, contact your doctor. Your dosage may need adjustment. If you actually faint, stop taking the medication until you have talked with your doctor.

If you have liver or kidney disease, diabetes, gout, or lupus erythematosus, use Avalide with caution. This drug may bring out hidden diabetes. If you are already taking insulin or oral diabetes drugs, your dosage may have to be adjusted. If you have bronchial asthma or a history of allergies, you may be at greater risk for an allergic reaction to Avalide.

This drug has not been tested in children.

Possible food and drug interactions when taking Avalide

Alcohol may increase the effects of Avalide. Use it with caution.

If Avalide is taken with certain other drugs the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Avalide with the following:

Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)
Barbiturates such as phenobarbital and Seconal
Cholestyramine (Questran)
Colestipol (Colestid)
Insulin
Lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid)
Narcotic painkillers such as Demerol, Tylenol with Codeine, and Percocet
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Aleve, Anaprox, and Motrin
Other blood pressure medications such as Procardia XL and Tenormin
Oral diabetes drugs such as Diabinese, DiaBeta, and Glucotrol
Steroids such as prednisone

Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

When used in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, Avalide can cause injury and even death to the unborn child. Stop taking Avalide as soon as you know you are pregnant. If you know you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, tell your doctor immediately.

Avalide appears in breast milk and can affect the nursing infant. If Avalide is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to stop breastfeeding while you are taking Avalide.

Recommended dosage

Avalide tablets come in two strengths:

150 milligrams irbesartan with 12.5 milligrams hydrochlorothiazide

300 milligrams irbesartan with 12.5 milligrams hydrochlorothiazide

ADULTS

The usual starting dose of Avalide is 1 lower-strength tablet daily.

It will take 2 to 4 weeks for Avalide to reach its maximum effectiveness. If your blood pressure does not respond to the initial dosage, your doctor may increase the dosage to 1 higher-strength tablet or 2 lower-strength tablets taken once a day.

Overdosage

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. Information on Avalide overdosage is limited, but extremely low blood pressure and an unusually rapid or slow heartbeat are likely signs of an overdose. Other signs may include dry mouth, excessive thirst, muscle cramps, weakness, restlessness, confusion, and nausea. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.

Recent Drug Updates at DrugIndexOnline:





Albuterol sulfate Albuterol sulfate
Generic name: Albuterol sulfate Brand names: VoSpire Extended-Release Tablets, Volmax Extended-Release Tablets, Ventolin HFA, Proventil HFA, AccuNeb, Proventil Why is Albuterol sulfate prescribed? Drugs containing albuterol are prescribed for the prevention and relief of bronchial spasms that na more...

Genapap Chewable Tablets Genapap Chewable Tablets
Generic Name: Acetaminophen Chewable Tablets (a-seet-a-MIN-oh-fen) Brand Name: Examples include Genapap and Tylenol JuniorGenapap Chewable Tablets is used for:Treating minor aches and pains due to the common cold, flu, headaches, sore throat, immunizations, and toothaches, and for temporarily r more...

Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Ibuprofen Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Ibuprofen
Dosage Form: Tablets CIII Rx only Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Ibuprofen Description Each Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Ibuprofen tablet 7.5 mg/200 mg contains:   Hydrocodone Bitartrate, USP .............................. 7.5 mg   Ibuprofen, USP .......................................... more...

Metolazone Metolazone
Dosage Form: Tablets, usp Rx only DO NOT INTERCHANGE: DO NOT INTERCHANGE ZAROXOLYN®1 TABLETS AND OTHER FORMULATIONS OF Metolazone THAT SHARE ITS SLOW AND INCOMPLETE BIOAVAILABILITY AND ARE NOT THERAPEUTICALLY EQUIVALENT AT THE SAME DOSES TO MYKROX®2 TABLETS, A MORE RAPIDLY AVAILABLE AN more...

Nu-Ranit Nu-Ranit
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Axid 3 Axid AR 3 Fluxid 2 Mylanta AR Acid Reducer 2 Pepcid 2 Pepcid I.V. 2 Pepcid AC Acid Controller 2 Pepcid RPD 2 Tagamet 1 Tagamet HB 1 Zantac 4 Zantac 150 4 Zantac 300 4 Zantac 25 EFFERdose Tablets 4 Zantac 150 EFFERdose Tablets 4 In C more...

PediaCare Infant Drops PediaCare Infant Drops
Generic Name: Pseudoephedrine Drops (soo-doe-e-FED-rin) Brand Name: Examples include Children's Dimetapp Decongestant Infant and PediaCare InfantPediaCare Infant Drops is used for:Relieving congestion due to colds, flu, and allergies. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by yo more...

Peginterferon Alfa-2a Peginterferon Alfa-2a
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Pegasys Category Biological response modifier Description Peginterferon alfa-2a (peg in-ter-FEER-on alf-a 2a) is a synthetic (man-made) version of substances normally produced in the body to fight infection. Peginterferon alfa-2a i more...

Phenylephrine and Guaifenesin Phenylephrine and Guaifenesin
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold and Cough 21 Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold and Cough Medicine Liqui-Gels 34 Alka-Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold Liqui-Gels 35 Ami-Tex LA 69 Anatuss LA 70 Benylin Expectorant 54 Bromfed-DM 17 Broncholate 68 Carbinoxamine Compou more...